The $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Australia opened to the public.
The new RCH was delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model. The team included three architectural firms: Billard Leece, Bates Smart, and HKS.
The 1.3 million-square-foot children’s hospital is built on a greenfield park land site. It serves the community with 272 inpatient beds, 81 outpatient beds, and 30 emergency cubicles. A 15-room surgery suite is also part of the project.
The children’s hospital design is based on family-centered care. More than 85% of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, providing privacy for patients and their families.
Retreat, gathering areas, and outdoor balconies are on each floor. In addition, the new hospital houses a supermarket and a gymnasium. A Family Resource Center is located nearby to support the families with private cubicles, laundry areas, a lounge and kitchen, personal care suites, and an outside courtyard.
The Royal Children’s Hospital is a specialist pediatric hospital and provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care, and health promotion and prevention programs for children and adolescents. The hospital is the major specialist pediatric hospital in Victoria, and also serves children from Tasmania and southern New South Wales as well as other states around Australia and overseas.