THE petition to save St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough has cracked 11,000 signatures, with the completed petition due to be handed to UnitingCare Queensland in Brisbane next week.
Petition organiser Peter Olds said he was in the process of gathering petitions from throughout the region and asked anyone who hadn't had the petition collected to get in touch with fellow co-ordinator Nan Ott on 4129 7310 or to drop them off at Maryborough MP Anne Maddern's office in Lennox St, Maryborough, on Friday.
The Maryborough man was thrilled so many people had chosen to throw their support behind the historic hospital.
He said he was pleased that outlying areas of the Fraser Coast, including Howard, Bauple and Tiaro, had also got behind the effort to retain the private hospital.
Mr Olds said the petition would be presented by Terence Seymour, chief strategy officer at UnitingCare Health, himself, Coral Deeth, Nan Ott and Alison Bowman, who have each had a long association with the hospital.
Mr Olds had particular praise for Nan Ott, saying she had played a key role in the campaign to keep the hospital open.
"Nan and her husband Allan came forward and offered to give their time and do the hard yards necessary to achieve a great result," he said.
Mr Olds said he was growing confident there would be a successful outcome and the hospital would be saved.
"I am sure that all those past inspired volunteers who built up the hospital through difficult times from very humble beginnings would be proud," he said.