Burnside Hospital on recruitment drive after Stepney acquisition

Tuesday, 05 September, 2023

Burnside Hospital on recruitment drive after Stepney acquisition

Burnside Hospital has officially completed its acquisition of the Sportsmed Hospital business and has commenced a recruitment drive to cater for growth.

The Stepney site has been rebranded as Burnside Hospital Stepney and it is now recruiting for an additional 20 clinical staff as demand increases for the facility’s five operating theatres.

“Since announcing that we were going to acquire the business, the response from the market has been extremely pleasing,” Burnside War Memorial Hospital CEO Alan Morrison said.

“We have had a great deal of interest from orthopaedic and plastic and reconstruction surgeons requesting operating lists at Stepney. These will start to be scheduled toward the end of September and will really ramp up through October and November.

The acquisition has doubled Burnside Hospital’s current capabilities to 10 theatres and 125 beds across its Stepney and Toorak Garden sites.

Burnside Hospital is now seeking to fill roles including scrub nurses (registered and/or enrolled), ward staff, medical orderlies and more.

“Because we acquired 100% of the business, we haven’t had to change the employing entity or the EBA for staff at Stepney, which has really helped with creating a seamless transition,” Morrison said.

“We are in the process of receiving approvals to make Stepney a not-for-profit hospital — just like our Toorak Gardens site — which will also allow staff to enjoy greater salary sacrifice benefits.”

The acquisition of the business includes the head lease on the Stepney premises and came into effect on 1 September following the successful conclusion of due diligence.

“We want our community to understand that, no matter at which site they receive their treatment, they’re going to receive exceptional care,” Morrison said.

Updated branding is now being rolled out across both facilities to give each its own identity under the Burnside Hospital umbrella.

Image credit: iStock.com/Kirill Gorshkov

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