Kareena Opens New Development
Jun 01, 2015
Ramsay Health Care Managing Director Chris Rex recently opened the new $23 million redevelopment of Kareena Private Hospital. The redevelopment includes a 36-bed surgical ward, two new theatres, an intensive care unit, a second gymnasium and a refurbished maternity ward.
Chris and theatre nurse Loretta Neil, who is Kareena’s longest serving employee, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the hospital at the official opening. Loretta started work at the hospital in 1977. General Surgeon Tony Ehtell who started at Kareena also in 1977 spoke at the ceremony.
‘‘We had two theatres and one of them was basically a broom cupboard,’’ Dr Ethell said.
‘‘You couldn’t swing a cat in it, maybe a mouse, and that was the one I got to operate in because I was junior.’’
Hospital CEO Steve Rajcany said: ‘‘Whilst we managed through the challenges of reduced parking, noisy construction and dreaded power outages, the transformation throughout this facility has been absolutely amazing.’’
Mr Rex said there would be more investment at the hospital over coming years.
(story and photo courtesy St George & Sutherland Shire Leader).
New era: Intensive care unit director Dr Amjed Aziz, theatre nurse Loretta Neil, general surgeon Dr Tony Ethell, Ramsay Managing Director Chris Rex and intensive care unit manager Iris Cheong.