St Vincents chairman of the board retires after 34 years
WHEN Frank Hannigan began his role as the chairman of the Board at St Vincents in Lismore, it was still a public hospital.
Now, the recently retired chairman reflects on all that has changed, including the hospital's privatisation and a lot of new development.
"We built a new wing, a new medical centre, we put additions on the nursing home, new theatres ... we changed from a public hospital to a private hospital," he said.
"They were major achievements over the course of the 34 years I was the chairman."
Mr Hannigan grew up in Woodview, 10km west of Casino, and attended a small primary school of 30 kids.
He then attended Woodlawn College for six years before picking up work in Lismore.
"I was an article clerk at Thomas E. Rummery and Sons in Lismore, and I pulled beer at the Metropole Hotel," he said.
"Then I went to Sydney for 9-10 years and then returned to the Northern Rivers."
He moved back to Woodview and joined the St Vincents Private Hospital's board of directors, which he was chairman on until his retirement last month.
Mr Hannigan said his time as a pupil of solicitor Thomas E. Rummery was unforgetful.
"He did some great work for the church and I certainly wanted to follow his foot steps," he said.
Mr Hannigan said he is still practising as a solicitor and he's also involved in rural pursuits, so "that will keep him busy" in his retirement from St Vincents.