Today marks the official opening of the Stirling Lodge Aged Care expansion at the Keith & District Hospital Inc, a mignificant milestone for the Keith community.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said the Federal Government committed $2.66 million to help bring this project to fruition along with an allocation of a further eight residential care places.

“Significant capital works have been undertaken on-site which has enabled the Keith and District Hospital Inc to expand their service capacity from 18 to 28 residential aged care places on completion.” Mr Pasin said.

“The expansion of the aged care service at Keith will keep the Keith and District Hospital a relevant service in meeting the current and future needs of the community. The expansion will enable Keith & District Hospital to be more sustainable so that they can continue to provide essential health services to the Keith and surrounding communities,” Mr Pasin said.

“I congratulate Keith and District Hospital on reaching this milestone and trust current and future residents and indeed the broader community will enjoy the benefits of this magnificent facility.”

“With our rapidly ageing population, the Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians in their respective communities,” Mr Pasin said.

Keith & District Hospital board member, Geoff Davidson, said the Stirling Lodge Aged Care expansion has been a two-stage project.

“The $4.5 million expansion has been funded by the generosity of the Federal Government, the Keith Community and the Keith Hospital. The Federal Government grant of $2.66 million dollars was the impetus for the development and the Keith community supported the lead.”

“The facility will now accommodate 28 residents in 26 new ensuite rooms.”

“This will be the cornerstone of the new Keith and District Hospital Healthcare Model.” Mr Davidson said.

Capital grants like this are critical to ensuring quality aged care services can be provided to regional, rural and remote locations like Keith.