Killara, New South Wales
Adventist HealthCare Limited (AHCL), which runs Sydney Adventist Hospital, has announced plans to relocate the services of its 51-bed niche surgical facility, Dalcross Adventist Hospital.
AHCL management intend to retain the Dalcross name even if all services are relocated elsewhere.
In a carefully worded memorandum, AHCL CEO Dr Leon Clark said Dalcross’s intensive care, neurosurgery and radiology services would be transitioned to nearby Sydney Adventist Hospital “in the short term”. AHCL’s board of directors is also exploring the possibility of establishing a new “23-hour” short-stay facility over the next 12 months to deliver all remaining Dalcross services.
The Dalcross building is currently for sale. However, AHCL management intend to retain the Dalcross name even if all services are relocated elsewhere.
AHCL is in ongoing discussions with medical, nursing and other members of the 150 Dalcross staff in regards to their employment. Five staff have been offered redundancies while the plan is for other staff to relocate to other sites and be retained in similar roles.
According to AHCL, “The relocation follows an analysis by the AHCL board and management of the building, infrastructure and support services needed to grow and maintain market share, and also to answer changing community healthcare demands.”
The property now called Dalcross Adventist Hospital has a history dating back to 1912 and has changed hands and been remodelled a number of times since then. AHCL purchased the facility in 2010. Specialising in ophthalmic, neurological and spinal surgery, Dalcross is described on its website as “the busiest, most comprehensive private neurosurgical hospital in Australia”.
“We thank the Dalcross Adventist Hospital and its staff for the excellent role they have played in our delivery of healthcare services on the Upper North Shore,” Dr Clark said.