In 2009, four Toowoomba GPs including Dr Hume Rendle-Short, Dr Pat Stuart and Dr Graham Emblem were attending a conference in Sydney and met at a restaurant to disucss their vision, and dream of a shared future. The ideas from that meeting were relayed back to their respective practice partners, and the first meeting of the soon to be formed consortium was held. Dene Creegan (the Practice Manager of Middle Ridge) was invited to the meeting, and soon became the Project Manager.
Over the next 12 months, some doctors left the consortium, and were replaced by dentists Gus and Paola Fisher, and Dr Trish Rathie. This resulted in a board of the 7Springs Building Services company comprising Dr Hume Rendle-Short (Chair), Dr Pat Stuart, Dr Rob Gillespie, Dr Paul Layton , Dr Steve Shorey, Dr Sharon Matthews, Gus Fisher, Paola Fisher and Dr Trish Rathie.
Alongside this was a board of the 7Springs Medical company: Dr Hume Rendle-Short (Chair), Dr Pat Stuart, Dr Rob Gillespie, Dr Paul Layton , Dr Steve Shorey, Dr Sharon Matthews.
Three and a half years of weekly meetings resulted in close knit board that formulated the ethos of the practice. While a successful business is part of the bottom line, the board decided that Quality, Compassion, Innovation and Teaching, should have equal importance in the development and life of the Practice.
7Springs Medical Practice opened on 19th August 2013, after a lot of hard work. It brought together Middle Ridge Medical Centre, Koinonia Medical Centre, Dr Sharon Matthews, Dr Beeston’s practice, as well as Dr Elizabeth Flynn, Dr Loretto Wainwright and Dr John Lamb. In all, 7Springs now has 28 doctors (20 Full Time Equivalents), including a part time Child and Youth Psychiatrist and part time Public Health Physician.
What’s in the name 7Springs? When purchasing the land the previous owner spoke about how seven natural springs in the area ran together to make up Kearneys Spring. It was that night, at a board meeting that Dene raised the idea of that name – since there were 7 board members… The rest is history, and 7Springs Health + Dental and 7Springs Medical Practice were officially named.