King Island Hospital Redevelopment Opened Sun 3 February 2013 Bryan-Green.jpg Deputy Premier The Deputy Premier, Bryan Green today officially opened the $5 million King Island Hospital and Health Centre redevelopment benefitting the island community's health and wellbeing. Mr Green said the Tasmanian Government-funded redevelopment included upgrades to the centre's residential aged care facility, emergency area, entrance and other assets. "These major improvements to the island's health and wellbeing services have taken comfort and efficiency to a new level for patients, clients and staff," Mr Green said. "This redevelopment demonstrates the Tasmanian Government's commitment to improving regional health facilities so rural folk can access quality healthcare regardless of where they live." Mr Green said the aged care facility had grown from 14 to 16 rooms, each with its own ensuite, and the main living and dining areas had been expanded and upgraded. "Renovations to the emergency room have helped improve workflow for patient treatment." Mr Green said the hospital had undergone many renovations, extensions and upgrades during its 100 year history. "The King Island cottage hospital was built in 1912 through community fundraising with three rooms and six beds, and one doctor, a matron and a nurse," Mr Green said. "From that time, additional rooms have continued to be added, and new services introduced. "While much has changed physically and in service delivery over the past century, the intimate connection this facility has with its community has remained constant." Today's event doubled as a celebration of the hospital's 100th anniversary with a special garden party organised by the hospital centenary committee to mark the occasion. "I want to thank all the volunteers and community members, who have helped to make this hospital what it is today. Construction company Avnir Group completed the refurbishment.