NEW leadership will be found for St Stephen's Hospital after the sudden departure of general manager Leanne Tones.
Ms Tones left the organisation last Wednesday after a series of discussions with Uniting Care Health bosses.
With the new $87.5 million private digital hospital just four months from completion, former Sunshine Coast Private Hospital general manager Terence Seymour has been appointed as an interim manager.
Mr Seymour said getting a permanent replacement for Ms Tones was top priority, and several candidates were already being canvassed.
"Leanne was a very committed and professional general manager... and made many positive contributions to St Stephen's and the new hospital," Mr Seymour said.
"She was a fantastic colleague and we wish her well."
The change of leadership will not delay construction of the $87.5 million private hospital in Hervey Bay, which will be completed in mid-September.
Mr Seymour said the project was running to schedule and to budget, and would treat its first patients in October.