The chief executive of Royal Freemasons, Felix Pintado has announced a major service development program that will deliver 840 new aged care beds across six sites in regional Victoria over the next two and a half years.
Construction is nearing completion in Bendigo and Sale which are due to open in May and August this year respectively.
The four other sites are Bacchus Marsh, Moe, Benalla and Langwarrin. Five of the sites will provide 144 aged care beds each and one site is planned for 120 beds.
Mr. Pintado said that the ambitious project, in the organisation’s 150th year of operation as a not-for-profit provider in Victoria, will enable Royal Freemasons to deliver its strategic growth plan for 2013-2018 and will set the foundations for its next advance as a sector leader.
The six high-quality, purpose-built facilities will bring the total to almost 2,000 aged care beds operated by Royal Freemasons across 17 sites in Victoria.
“The development program is a win-win on many levels. The services provided will help to address the growing need for quality aged care and accommodation among a broader group of elders in each of the local communities and the surrounding districts.”
“The projects will also create jobs for local tradespeople during the construction period and, as the facilities become operational, new jobs will come on-line providing work for hundreds of aged care and allied health workers on an ongoing basis. Recruitment for the facility in Bendigo has already commenced.”
“The deliberate strategy has afforded Royal Freemasons a unique opportunity to establish a strong presence in rural and regional Victoria to complement its already substantial presence in metropolitan Melbourne. It means that we can play an increasing role in the future and growth of these communities”, Mr. Pintado said.
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