St John of God Geelong Hospital, a division of St John of God Health Care in Australia, has been officially opened following a $65m expansion project.
As part of the project, the hospital added 64 beds, increasing the total number of beds to 250, three new operating theatres, a hydrotherapy pool and rehab centre, an angiography suite and a new chapel.
The scope of the project also included the addition of a six-storey specialist medical centre, an emergency department, three levels of underground parking and renovation of staff amenities.
According to the hospital, the project created 175 jobs during the construction period and more than 130 ongoing full time jobs.
With the expansion, the hospital looks to improve patient care through more timely access to services, while providing the first private emergency department in the region.
Victoria Premier Denis Napthine said: "This significant investment by St John of God complements the more than $200m in public health infrastructure projects currently underway in Geelong."
Since 2010, the Victorian Coalition Government has invested around $120m in the renovation of the St John of God Geelong Hospital.
St John of God Geelong Hospital provides services including emergency, day surgery, medical, surgical, maternity, critical care and cath lab.
The hospital also provides on-site diagnostic and support services such as medical imaging, pathology, medical consulting suites and a pharmacy.