GenesisCare and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service strike life-saving cardiac partnership
WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington, Bundaberg Cardiology interventional cardiologist Dr Andre Conradie and WBHHS Board Chair Peta Jamieson at the announcement of the partnership. Photograph by Paul Beutel
Bundaberg Cardiology, part of the GenesisCare network, and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service have struck a new public-private agreement giving Wide Bay patients access to high quality, life-saving cardiac angiogram and stenting services in their own region.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said the five-year agreement would allow patients to have some cardiac procedures performed locally in Wide Bay rather than in Brisbane.
“This $11 million contract provides care to public patients who present to local emergency departments in urgent need of an angiogram or, in some cases, a stent if it’s clinically required,” Ms Jamieson said.
“Previously, patients needing these often time-critical services were transferred to a tertiary facility in Brisbane.
Bundaberg Cardiology operates its cardiac service out of the Friendly Society Private Hospital.