Excitement was in the air as the East Coast community had the opportunity to tour their brand new hospital.
St Helens District Hospital director of nursing Denise Callister said hundreds jumped at the chance to tour the new site on April 3, and all feedback so far had been positive.
She said she was relieved and excited to see the construction come to an end.
"It's an absolutely beautiful building, and we're so excited about having the extra capacity for patients," she said.
She said some of the benefits of the new site included 10 inpatient beds, lifting equipment, two physio rooms, full security, four consultation rooms, and a "massive" emergency room alongside facilities to provide radiology and oral health care.
The new hospital was approved by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works in June 2017 to replace the existing hospital, which was constructed in 1975.
The facility was built by Fairbrother, with work commencing on November 7, 2017.
Health Minister Michael Ferguson was joined by newly elected Liberal Lyons MP and former Break O'Day councillor John Tucker and Lyons Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan to tour the new site.
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Mr Ferguson said the hospital was the work of a wonderful partnership between the state government, the council, the hospital, and the community.
"It has been a marvellous demonstration of community spirit," he said.
"We know that the healthcare that will be provided to this community is going to be significantly enhanced.
"We're making some significant investments into the East Coast community."
Unlike at the previous site, flooding is not expected to be an issue at the new site.
"That was one of the many reasons we needed to get out of that dated facility," Mr Ferguson said.
Break O'Day Council deputy mayor John McGiveron said the council was "over the moon".
"I'm certainly blown away with this building," he said.
Mr McGiveron said he hoped the new modern facility would help retain and attract staff.
Fire training and infection control cleaning will take place on the site in coming weeks in preparation for the relocation from Cecilia Street to Annie Street, which will be staged over several days to ensure minimal disruption.
The move is expected to take place from May 6.