Appointment of SVPHT General Manager and Hospital Celebrations

12 February 2016

This week I am delighted to announce that St Vincent’s Health Australia has successfully recruited to the General Manager position for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba.

After an extensive recruitment process, Kathryn McKeefry will take up the role on March 29. Kathryn is currently the General Manager/Director of Nursing at Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville Sydney.  She is an accomplished hospital leader having achieved a significant turnaround in the hospital's clinical and operational performance as well as a hospital development that resulted in additional theatres and beds at Waratah Private. This will stand us in good stead for this year as we progress the St Vincent’s Toowoomba theatre redevelopment.

Kathryn has experience in Queensland having worked for several years as an Assistant Director of Nursing (Projects) at Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane, and at Greenslopes Private.

Kathryn is originally from New Zealand and is a registered nurse and midwife. She and her husband are looking forward to their move to Toowoomba and also to returning to QLD.  


In other important news, this week our hospital community acknowledged several events in our Catholic calendar.

Firstly, staff were treated to delicious home-made pancakes and syrup on Shrove Tuesday and we recalled that this day traditionally heralded the commencement of preparations for the Church season of Lent (beginning on February 10, Ash Wednesday).  

Our Chaplain Father Darrell led us in worship on Wednesday morning with a powerful sermon inviting us to be reflective in our behaviours and relationships as we sought to focus on “turning back to God” during the 40 days of Lent.

On Thursday, we joined with the wider Christian community in celebrating the twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick, celebrated in the Chapel of Lourdes Home for the Aged.  This day is also the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.   The theme which was chosen by Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick 2016 was: 

Entrusting oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary:
“Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)

In his message to the world, His Holiness Pope Francis stated that this particular day gave him an opportunity to draw particularly close to his people - his dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for them. 

Regionally, all ecumenically trained pastoral carers who minister in hospitals, aged care and mental health facilities, both in Toowoomba and region were invited to attend this event to be commissioned for their respective ministries.   About 70 pastoral carers attended the ceremony and were blessed by the Faith-leaders of our Community to ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:15). Prayers were sid for the very ill and vulnerable as well as for those who care for them.


Regards, Janine Loader