Change is the word on everyone’s lips as St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba celebrates 95 years of service to the communities living in Toowoomba and across the Darling Downs and South West Queensland.

To mark the 95th anniversary, the hospital is celebrating with a gala event and three-course dinner to be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Centre on 9 December 2017. The Hospital invites everyone to join in the celebration.

Hospital CEO Kathryn McKeefry said it will be an exciting night, with 2017 Gold Logie winner, Australian actor, radio presenter, voiceover artist and philanthropist Samuel Johnson as one of the special guests. Lisa Hunt and the Forever Soul Band will perform so guests can dance the night away.

St Vincent’s retired nurses are also organising a big reunion in September to celebrate and reminisce about the hospital’s 95 years of service. More than 150 nurses have registered, including some who began training in the 1940s and 1950s.

“Their memories are of fun and sometimes not-so-fun times, when all nurses lived in strictly curfewed quarters, were required to pay for any equipment breakages such as glass syringes and thermometers, and performed domestic and healthcare duties as part of their work shift — all for 15 shillings per week. That’s $1.50,” said Kathryn.“As we celebrate 95 years, their experiences are a wonderful reflection on how much has changed but also how much remains the same at St Vincent’s.”