After a major redevelopment by DesignInc Melbourne in the mid 1990s, the Epworth Hospital purchased the adjacent Bethesda Hospital as their western boundary facility to become Australia’s largest private hospital.
DesignInc Melbourne was commissioned to redevelop the combined hospitals in a staged development plan to maintain the full functions of the hospital during construction.
Stage one saw the completion of the Epworth Centre, an 8 storey building of 44 strata title consulting suites, central sterilising department, a 2 bunker radiotherapy unit on level four, and 3 in-ground levels of car parking. The Epworth Centre connects the two campuses at two levels.
Stage two created a new 54 bed rehabilitation wing and support facilities including a head injuries unit.
Stage three provided 31 step-down beds and staff accommodation for the physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy departments. Stage three increased the bed numbers at Epworth to 500 beds.
1996 Master Builders Award