On the 24th February 1994, the Ramsay Health Care team from Sydney made Australian history, for this was the day Hollywood Private Hospital was officially handed over to their administration. At the official handover ceremony out on the front lawn, Paul Ramsay gave a clear commitment to honour the needs of the veterans, and said he would continue to provide a service. He also talked about his own father who was a war veteran, and how he had appreciated all that he had done.
Within the first 2 years of takeover, the capital works program exceeded $35 million and it included a new 120-bed facility, The Hollywood Clinic, and the specialist medical centre. Between 1996 and 2000 Hollywood became a construction site once again. A Hall of Remembrance was completed prior to Remembrance Day 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII.
In 1995 the 30-bed Hollywood Clinic was opened. Soon after, the newly built Bullwinkel Wing – comprising 122 inpatient beds, an admission area and foyer – was in use. The following year saw the opening of the Hollywood Specialist Centre, and by the end of 1999, the new cardiology facility, the day procedure unit and the 30-bed Jim Gordon Ward were all operational.
November 2009 saw the hospital celebrating the opening of its most ambitious capital works program to date. The $128.5M redevelopment project significantly expanded the current facilities at Hollywood Private Hospital. It included the new Marjorie Brislee Wing that accommodates a 130-bed ward block, a new oncology ward and an oncology day-treatment suite with twenty-two chairs and eight day beds. It also incorporates a 40-bed rehabilitation unit with a centre for assessment of activities for daily living, plus a large gym.
The program realised four additional operating theatres, a new 630-bay multi-storey car park, a new gastroenterology unit, the refurbishment and expansion of the day procedure unit, and the refurbishment of the main corridor.
In 2014, The Hollywood Clinic opened it’s new $6.9 million 30-bed wing almost doubling the Clinic’s capacity to meet the increasing demand for mental health services in Western Australia.
Shortly after in 2015, Hollywood Private Hospital opened the Anne Leach Wing comprising of 6 additional operating theatres, three new 30 bed wards – all with single rooms, and a new kitchen.
Now, 25 years later we have gone from 4 operating theatres to 20 and are currently building a new Comprehensive Cancer Centre which will include two radiotherapy bunkers and a radiology practice specialising in cancer imaging.