We are so incredibly excited to share our big news! Embracia Victoria is proud to be custodians of the Old Kyneton hospital as well as provide both Aged Care and Child Care to this historical site. Keep watching this space for more frequent updates.
The Old Kyneton Hospital building will be restored to its former glory and reborn following the site’s sale this month to Embracia Victoria, a small, family-owned aged care provider.
Embracia Victoria is a second-generation family owned and operated organisation with 30 years of aged care experience in the sector.
Embracia Victoria Managing Director Sarah MacKenzie said her family had grown up in aged care homes and we are passionate about creating a warm, friendly and thriving community of residents.
“Our expertise is in creating home, with a lifestyle focused approach where independence is encouraged and exceptional care is always a given,” Ms. MacKenzie said. “We respect our residents, we acknowledge their history, and make sure they are still a valued member of the community”,
Embracia Victoria will engage heritage architects, cultural heritage consultants, and other experts to oversee a faithful restoration, ensuring the preservation of the unique social, architectural and historical importance of the Old Kyneton Hospital.
The area surrounding the hospital block will be utilised to create much-needed residential aged care and childcare places for local families.
Kyneton has been identified by the Federal Government as a priority region for aged care and needs additional facilities to be built in the area. There is also a need for quality local childcare, as a new generation of young families moves to Kyneton.
Ms MacKenzie said the organisation was committed to a painstaking restoration of the 156-year-old building.
“Embracia Victoria is considering the potential of what the building and the grounds can provide, and will seek community consultation.,” she said. “Embracia Victoria is sensitive to the needs of the community and is passionate about the restoration and repurposing of the Old Kyneton Hospital. We are excited to bring new life to this historic Kyneton landmark.”
Ms MacKenzie said “We’re particularly excited about the prospect of co-locating aged care and childcare places,” she said. “There is growing evidence that bringing the elderly and children together as part of structured engagement programs can have huge benefits for both groups.”
The 120-bed aged care facilities would have specific places for veterans, people from rural and remote areas, dementia care and respite.
Ms MacKenzie said Embracia Victoria expected the staged project will open over the next couple of years.
Kirsty Murray from Ray White Kyneton assisted Embracia with their search for the right site. Kirsty said, “I always knew in the back of my mind that the old hospital site would be perfect due to its location and size but the thing that really cemented it for me was the fact that Embracia have always said they wanted to be a part of the community. Given that the old hospital is one of Kyneton’s most loved and cherished buildings, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to create something special again. I’m really excited about what Embracia can bring to our beautiful community”.
The recent announcement of Embracia’s Kyenton project continues to generate excitement amongst the local community.
ABC Country radio featured our very own Managing Director Sarah MacKenzie and General Manager Damien Lippiatt.
Click below to listen to a short excerpt (9m 58s) from the the full segment and learn a little more about Kyentons history and how our co-located child and aged care centre will enhance the community.
Watch Channel 9 News coverage of Embracia’s plans for the Kyneton Hospital site, including words from Embracia’s owner Sarah MacKenzie and Manager Damien Lippiatt.