Mayo Private Hospital History - Kolodong, NSW
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 31° 52.902 E 152° 25.879
56J E 446215 N 6472535
Quick Description: On the front wall of the Mayo Private Hospital Theatre block is an outline of the history of the hospital.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 3/28/2018 3:31:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMY0QH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tuena
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Long Description:
Behind a low brick wall, with plaques for the Opening of various stages of the Mayo Private Hospital is a large plaque, with photos of the earlier hospital in Taree, an aerial view of the construction of this hospital, and various persons associated the history of the hospital. The text of the plaque follows:

The original Mayo Hospital 1922

Mayo Private Hospital
Serving the local community since 1922

Mayo Private Hospital is a respected, much-loved 
organisation because of all who have gone before
and all who give their best today.
A TIME LINE * 1920 Land purchased in the centre of Taree by Dr A Muscio and Dr F Stokes. * 1922 Mayo Private Hospital was opened with eight beds. * 1940 Bed numbers had increased to 21. * 1976 Mayo was purchased by family companies of Coldham, Taylor and Tjiong. A major reconstruction was commenced. * 1997 Mayo Private moved from the centre of Taree to a new facility on this site. * 2012 Healthe Care Australia purchased Mayo Private and a further redevelopment was completed. [While every effort was made to incorporate major milestones, it was not possible to
include Mayo's entire history here. Please let us know of any significant omissions.]
The Beginning In 1920 two visionary doctors, Dr A Muscio and Dr F Stokes,
purchased land in the centre of Taree to build a hospital.
Mayo Private Hospital opened in 1922 and was licensed for
eight patients.
The first Matron was Laura Nixon, pictured below with the
first nurse, Sister Alcock.
Nursing staff in the 1920s; Matron Laura Nixon and Sister Alcock 1922 Dr Taylor, Mrs Coldham and Dr Tjiong.

Building on the Past This wall was built from bricks used in the 1922 construction of the original
Mayo Private Hospital and brought to the new Mayo site in 1997. Just as
this wall represents great respect of the hospital's history, Mayo Private is
testimony to the skill, dedication and loyal support of all who have worked
within its walls and all who have passed through its doors. In the words of Joy Davey, who had a 51-year association with Mayo Private
and was the longest-serving Director of Nursing, it is "an honour and a
privilege" to serve this community.
Dr A. Muscio; and Dr F. Stokes

To Serve Well Into the Future Over the years the hospital grew and required a number of extensions. By the
1940s bed numbers had increased to 21. In 1976 the hospital was sold to the family
companies of Coldham, Taylor and Tjiong. A major construction was commenced
in 1977 and included a new wing, operating theatre and additional bed capacity.
By the mid-1980s the front entrance had been moved from Manning to Wynter
Street, wards were refurbished and new facilities built. Eventually Mayo Private
became 'landlocked' in the centre of Taree and could not expand further. Despite
some opposition - because of its distance from the town's centre - the Board
of Directors decided to purchase land and build the new hospital here. Dr John
Taylor assembled a group of shareholders and construction began. The new facility
was completed in 1997; double the size of the original hospital. In July 2012, a private hospital group Healthe Care Australia purchased the hospital
and undertook a $10 million redevelopment.

Mayo Private Hospital during construction in 1997 - aerial view.

Visited: 0750 - 0752, Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
[Though, I do 'moonlight' there on the occasional casual shift in the Theatres.]

Age/Event Date: 1920; 1922; 1940's; 1976; 1997; 2012

Type of Historic Marker: Plaque only

Type of Historic Marker if other: Board, and Building

Related Website: [Web Link]

Historic Resources.:
Mayo Private Hospital

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