New owners take over two Gladstone medical centres
PATIENTS will benefit from a change of ownership at two Gladstone region medical centres.
Medifield has taken over Gladstone Valley Medical Centre and Calliope Medical Centre.
The company is made up of four doctors, which founder Dr Maurice McGree said was a key point of difference from practices owned by other groups or businesses.
"We believe that because it is doctors that have ownership that we will have more interest in the running of the clinic and the care of the patients, rather than if it was owned by a businessman or someone apart from the clinic," he said.
"The owners of this clinic are actually working in it."
Making up Medifield team are Dr Nishantha Herath, Dr Maurice McGree, Dr Sarangi Ratnayake and Dr Deanne Anderson.
Officially taking over the two practices on March 24, the process has taken almost two years.
Dr McGree said so far the changeover had gone well.
"We will be improving the IT and the technology and those things," he said.
The name Medifield has significant meaning for Dr McGree.
He named the company after the field that he used to play on as a student of Gladstone's Star of Sea Catholic Primary School in the 1940s.
There used to be a vacant lot called "the field", where the Gladstone Valley Medical Centre now sits, by the nuns of the school who sent students there to play.