The vision for a new hospital in Griffith began many years ago with the donation of land from the Casella and Spagnolo Families, a significant bequest, and the entire Griffith community coming together to build a new private community hospital.
Five years on this vision has become a reality, with St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith having already cared for thousands of patients across the Murrumbidgee region.
The Hospital hosts more than 30 leading specialists across a wide range of fields, meaning that patients no longer have to travel long distances for consultations and surgical procedures requiring special care. Common procedures such as cataract surgery, endoscopy, gynaecological and urology services, joint replacements and orthopaedic care are all regularly performed at the hospital. In addition, the Baiada Murrumbidgee Clinical Teaching and Learning Centre provides training and support to local clinicians and students through partnering universities.
Since the Hospital’s opening, ear nose and throat (ENT) services have been highly sought after, and these were introduced last year. Led by Associate Professor Richard Gallagher and Dr Brett Leavers, the service received an immediate and overwhelming response.
To further assist and expand the new service, the people of Griffith raised thousands of dollars in 2020 to fund specialised equipment for the ENT consulting suites, which will allow expanded treatment into head and neck cancers. A/Professor Gallagher stated his great appreciation to the people of Griffith and all those involved in developing the new service as a means of helping rural ENT patients.
“The new St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith gives me the unique opportunity to offer a local service to local patients while maximising continuity of care. I congratulate and thank all those that have made this service come to fruition.”
– A/Professor Gallagher