Great minds, all heart: Monash hospital to revolutionise cardiac care

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Director of the $564 million Victorian Heart Hospital, Professor Stephen Nicholls.
Director of the $564 million Victorian Heart Hospital, Professor Stephen Nicholls

A dedicated heart hospital being established at Monash University – an Australian-first in bench-to-bedside heart care – is creating excitement both on campus and around the world.

Director of the $564 million Victorian Heart Hospital, Professor Stephen Nicholls, said that with building about to commence, plans for research, and for innovative treatment programs and models of care, are gaining momentum.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We’re doing something that isn’t happening anywhere else in the country, and there are very few heart centres like this around the world,” Professor Nicholls said.

The hospital will include cardiac genetic services, advanced cardiovascular nursing, a women’s heart clinic, and more.

Cardiology services at the nearby Monash Medical Centre will relocate to a cardiac facility at the hospital, with world-leading researchers collaborating with clinicians to develop next-generation treatments.

“Developing a broader research and teaching landscape that focuses on heart disease will make Monash not only a national leader, but also a globally recognised regional hub,” Professor Nicholls said. “We’ll bring bench-to-bedside discoveries to patients, where they can make a difference, in a much faster way than we’ve traditionally done,” he said.

Professor Nicholls, a world-renowned cardiologist and researcher recruited from interstate, said he was approaching “the best of the best” globally to join the high-calibre scientists and clinician researchers already at Monash.

The bold vision of putting a heart hospital on a university campus is attracting attention. Whenever Professor Nicholls travels internationally, he’s approached by people interested in it. “They’re stimulated by the concept that this grand initiative is completely dedicated to the heart.”

The 195-bed hospital, being built by Monash Health and Monash University in partnership with the Victorian government, will be completed in 2022.

The opportunity

The establishment of Australia’s first standalone heart hospital linked with a world-leading university provides a rare opportunity to significantly advance cardiovascular research. One of the first priorities will be attracting the best clinician researchers to Melbourne. If you would like to know more, contact Gillian Dodgin at gillian.dodgin@monash.edu.

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