Project Director announced to lead Project Maunga - Base Hospital Redevelopment

7 May 2009

NCOUNTER GROUP Ltd has been appointed to provide Project Director Services for stage one of the facilities redevelopment at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Tony Foulkes was looking forward to progress being made. “I am delighted with the involvement of Ian Grant and NCOUNTER GROUP who bring a wealth of experience,” he said. “This will help us get a great new facility to provide good quality services for Taranaki people into the future.”

The appointment comes after an extensive process of evaluation and screening from an impressive list of applicants. 

The Auckland-based company has more than 35 years’ combined experience managing hospital projects in New Zealand and Australia.

NCOUNTER GROUP will have a team of four working on the Taranaki Base Hospital project. They are Ian Grant, Allan Johns, Garth Whittaker and Ian Wolstencroft. Ian Grant will be the lead Project Director and draw on the expertise and skills of the other team members.

They each bring expertise in specific areas of project directorship including health planning, workflow and project delivery. Between them they have been involved in several facility projects within the public and private health sector, leading DHBs through the appointment of design consultants, establishing user groups and producing facilities redesign.

The team also provides peer review and advisory services to the Ministry of Health on hospital projects across New Zealand, and hospital redevelopment projects in Australia. 

Recent projects NCOUNTER GROUP team members have worked on, or are currently involved with include the Tauranga Hospital Redevelopment, the Auckland Healthcare redevelopment, and the Waitemata DHB, Counties Manukau, Thames and Waikato hospital redevelopment projects.

Ian Grant is looking forward to working with many different groups to get this right the first time. “We are now entering a very busy period of consultation. We want to get as much contribution in the early stages. This project will be delivered on time and on budget,” said Mr Grant.

Project Maunga could ultimately include three stages in the total redevelopment programme which will be phased over five years. It is the first stage which is being progressed now.
The Ministry of Health will fund $43 million for stage one of the redevelopment of an estimated $80m. The remainder will be funded by the DHB.

Stage one (referred to as the New West Wing) includes six new operating theatres (an increase of two), ambulatory elective surgery and procedure services, and a new inpatient ward block. The new operating theatres will allow more operations to be carried out. It will consolidate elective ambulatory, acute and inpatient services. There will be 152 new beds, an overall increase of 26.

Stages two and three, yet to be approved, are expected to include maternity, neonatal, paediatrics, the emergency department, an acute assessment unit, outpatient services and administration, costing an estimated $65m

There has already been work undertaken to improve the models of care, and this work continues. These projects are linked to the facilities redevelopment. The main carpark, near the Lorna Street entrance, has been extended in preparation for the redevelopment.

Advertisements for consultants to work on the project will begin on Friday.




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