The sale of St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough will benefit the community thanks to The Friendlies Discount Pharmacy.
The sale of St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough will benefit the community thanks to The Friendlies Discount Pharmacy. Karleila Thomsen

M'boro's St Stephen's Hospital to become aged care centre

THE sale of St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough will benefit the community thanks to The Friendlies Discount Pharmacy.

The former hospital site was closed when the new St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay opened on October 13, 2014. 

Executive Director of UnitingCare Health, Richard Royle, said the key focus during the sale negotiation was finding a suitable buyer that had the best interests of the Maryborough community at heart. 

"As a church-based organisation our key consideration is providing the best care for our communities with the resources that we have available," Mr Royle said. 

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"From the beginning it has been our key obkective that whoever purchased this site would put the needs of the community ahead of purely monetary consideration. 

"We are very pleased this objective has now been achieved as we have reached agreement witTjhe Friendlies Discount Pharmacy. "