In October 2022, we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Mayo Private Hospital. First opened by Doctors Frank Oliver Stokes and Allen Muscio the Mayo was initially an eight-bed facility on the corner of Manning and Wynter Streets which is now occupied by the burger chain Hungry Jacks (2023). Now, the Mayo Private Hospital is a bustling 79 bed medical, rehabilitation and mental health hospital helping the wider Taree community.
On the day of celebration, a wonderful Welcome to Country by Worimi and Biripi Elders, Uncle Will and Aunty Pam Paulson.
The Taree High Biripi Dancers braved the rain with an amazing performance, and we all walked through the healing smoke of gum leaves in a traditional smoking ceremony performed by Ben Stewart.
There were shared stories of the history of our beginnings to where we are today and our Regional CEO, Deanne Portelli shared a little insight into our next 100 years as well as thanking our amazing team for their dedication.
It was wonderful to see some old faces and talk to doctors and nurses that have all been a part of Mayo Private over the years. We look forward to continuing to bring quality health care to our community over the next 100 years.
Matt Kelly Head of Regional Operations - Northern NSW and Aunty Pam Paulson Worimi & Biripi Elder
Ben Stewart and Taree High Biripi Dancer preparing the smoking ceremony
The original Mayo Hospital, corner of Manning and Wynter Streets, Taree. Photo courtesy of MidCoast Libraries Local History Collection.