In 1857 the Sisters of Charity opened the first St Vincent’s Hospital in Potts Point and the first Medical Officer treated just 180 patients over the course of a year. As the community grew, so did the Hospital. To keep up with growing demand the Sisters moved St Vincent’s to a new site in Darlinghurst, before adding more beds, more floors and eventually more buildings.
Now, 161 years later, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is truly regarded as a state-wide asset – providing care for more than 44,000 patients each year. And with a growing and ageing population, we need to keep expanding the Hospital to keep up with community demand and remain at the forefront of healthcare.
Following a comprehensive two-year planning process, St Vincent’s has identified the Cahill Cater Buildings as the priority project to ensure we have the best facilities to care for you and your families for generations to come. This exciting project will see the Hospital demolish and redevelop the Cahill building, which has lain dormant and decommissioned for the last 16 years, while also giving the adjacent Cater and Xavier buildings a major refurbishment.
The project has been scoped to include a dedicated Heart Lung Vascular Centre and a Precision Medicine Hub – applying our strengths in genomics
at St Vincent’s Hospital. Importantly, the new development will substantially increase our treatment capacity by adding four additional floors of inpatient beds, a brand new Intensive Care Unit, additional theatres, more same-day outpatient services and expanded treatment areas for our vulnerable populations. Behind the scenes it will also deliver an expanded pathology and imaging service, to expedite and expand testing capabilities.
“Our construction of the new Cahill Cater buildings is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build upon one of Australia’s pioneering health facilities,” explained Associate Professor Anthony Schembri, Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney.
“The vision for this redevelopment is to ensure that St Vincent’s remains an iconic Australian healthcare provider with facilities that will continue to attract the best and brightest clinicians, encourage innovative models of care, underpinned by growing our medical research and teaching capabilities.”
Future-proofing our Hospital with this first phase of development is currently estimated to require more than $410 million, with funding and approval to be sought from the NSW Government as well as contributions from St Vincent’s Health Australia and our community of generous supporters.
Together, with your support, St Vincent’s is hoping to expand our excellence in medical and patient care and build a healthcare campus that will have the capacity to provide unsurpassed care for the increasing number of patients we anticipate presenting to the Hospital well into the future.