UPDATE: Ballarat Health Services have named its new wing at the base after Helen Gardiner and Mary Pittard the first women elected to the Ballarat Hospital board in 1928.
Ballarat Health Services have given the name to the new Base Hospital Drummond Street wing in Drummond Street after the pioneering duo who also established the women’s auxiliary.
BHS chief executive officer Dale Fraser was tipped to unveil the wing’s branding in Wednesday afternoon’s annual general meeting as the project nears construction completion.
The Drummond Street wing is on target for a December hand-over with staff to settle into the new wing in January.
A central reception area and designated volunteers desk on the ground floor will offer patients and visitors clearer direction.
There will also be more disability parking, easier street access and a drop-off zone in Drummond Street. Level two features spacious in-patient rooms off wide, direct corridors.
Level one will remain a shell for future theatre expansion.
Women’s Health Victoria CEO Rita Butera is guest speaker for for the BHS’ meeting, which will be held in the hospital education resources centre on Wednesday, 3pm.