Waikato Hospital’s iconic Red Corridor – the spine of the hospital for decades – will reopen tomorrow (Monday 30 June, 1pm); six years after it closed to accommodate construction of the now completed $130 million Meade Clinical Centre.
Also unveiled tomorrow is a new 60-metre timeline on level 2 of the centre, which covers the hospital’s 130-year history and contains 226 historical images.
It will be a special day for the 5000 plus staff at the hospital in Hamilton who have worked in a construction zone all that time.
Meade Clinical Centre was named after Dr John Anthony Meade, pictured, who began his service to Waikato Hospital as an assistant superintendent in 1953 and retired 27 years later as superintendent-in-chief having transformed the site into a major tertiary referral centre. Dr Meade died in December 1999 and his wife Annette earlier this year.
Fourteen members of his family will be present to celebrate with staff including four of Dr Meade’s five children Joanna Taylor, Liz Russell, Richard and Caroline Meade and special guest Edward John Meade McKibbin, 3, the great grandson of Dr Meade.
Edward, the youngest of the Meade family, will be one of five people who will cut red ribbons along the Red Corridor.
Waikato DHB’s longest-serving staff member George Woodcock, who joined the hospital 54 years ago as a fresh-faced 17-year-old and who now works in one of the centre’s many clinics, will join new graduate nurse Victoria Smith, chief operating officer Jan Adams and building programme project director Ian Wolstencroft in cutting the ribbons.
Outgoing chief executive officer Craig Climo will be the master of ceremonies.
After opening the Red Corridor, staff will move to the second floor where Dr Peter Rothwell, whose idea it was to construct the timeline, will join Waikato Health Trust chair Pippa Mahood, text writer Georgina Wedge and photography expert Isla Trapski, to cut a blue ribbon, the primary colour of the second floor.
Waikato District Health Board began a $500 million service and facility redevelopment project in 2005.
The biggest projects were at its Waiora Waikato hospital campus, where the total rebuild has provided more than 800 jobs and more than $100 million flowing into the community.
Significant building and refurbishment projects also occurred at Thames Hospital and in some rural facilities. Read more
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