Celebrating 60 years of care at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital


This weekend St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill will celebrate 60 years of providing excellence in care to Queenslanders and acknowledge its rich history and unique connection to the community.

In recognition of this significant milestone, a commemorative service will be held on Saturday 19 May with key dignitaries including The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Everald Compton AM (St Andrew’s first General Manager), Stan Mellick OAM ED and Reverend David Baker, Moderator, Queensland Synod, Uniting Church in Australia.

UnitingCare Queensland Chief Executive Officer Craig Barke said the milestone was a significant achievement for the hospital which has a special place in the heart of many Queenslanders.

"St Andrew’s has a deep connection for many Queenslanders and this weekend’s events are a celebration of the proud history of the hospital and acknowledgement of those who worked tirelessly to establish the hospital all those years ago.

"Since opening its doors in 1958, St Andrew’s has come a long way and is now leading the way in innovative medical procedures and pioneering significant surgical breakthroughs.

"From conducting the first open heart surgery in a private hospital in Queensland, St Andrew’s continues to excel in providing first class treatment and world class results," said Mr Barke.

In 2018, St Andrew’s became among the first hospital in Australia to complete two complex cardiac surgical techniques, the Impella and MitraClip procedure, which complements previous pioneering advancements over the years, such as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).

The 60th anniversary celebration will feature a performance by University of Queensland’s Emmanuel College Highlanders and commemorative addresses by Reverend David Baker, Moderator, Queensland Synod, Uniting Church in Australia, dignitaries and hospital executives.

Previous staff and nurses will reunite at a special reunion luncheon on Sunday 20 May at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane.

St Andrew's Hospital 60th celebration


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About St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital
St Andrew’s, as part of UnitingCare Health, is known for “First class treatment, World class results” in all areas of healthcare. The Spring Hill not-for-profit private hospital has 250 beds and is renowned for its excellence in cardiac services, orthopaedics, gynaecology, neurology and rehabilitation.

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s onsite emergency centre operates 24/7 providing a full range of emergency care. It received the number one ranking for patient satisfaction in an independent 2016 Press Ganey Survey.

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About UnitingCare Health
UnitingCare Health is one of the largest not-for-profit private hospital groups in Queensland, providing a comprehensive range of private medical services and renowned for its clinical excellence in a number of specialities such as oncology, cardiology and maternity services, operating in almost 1,000 licensed hospital beds.

The UnitingCare Health hospital network provides professional and compassionate care to more than 130,000 patients each year through The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim and St Stephen’s Hospital at Hervey Bay, Australia’s first digital hospital.

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