Master Plan

Like many small rural hospitals EDMH has a collection of buildings constructed at different times. Many parts of the facility are now getting quite old and no longer meet the contemporary standards required for delivering high quality care in the 21st century.

The hospital section of the facility was built in 1961 and the Kowree Nursing Home in 1988. A new Hostel was built more recently in 1998 with an extension added in 2003. The Elsie Bennett Community Health Centre officially opened in 1997 and the Medical Clinic was completed in 2012.

Planning for redevelopment of the facility began in 2005 and a Master Plan was completed in 2009 for a major upgrade of the majority of the amenities with the retention of the Hostel, community health and medical clinic buildings. Efforts to acquire funding for this major capital works project have continued since that time, with no outcomes yet.

However, the Master Plan is now being reviewed in 2013-14 to bring it up to contemporary standards and also look at the possibility of achieving the redevelopment in smaller stages. The highest priority is the Kowree Nursing Home, which is almost the oldest of the buildings and the most challenging in terms of providing high quality care to our Aged Care Residents.

The review of the Master Plan is expected to be completed in 2014 and efforts to secure funding will continue.