One of Taree’s oldest buildings has been restored to its glory days under the new management of Kinetic Medicine.
The building, known as Invermay, was built in 1915 by the owner of Taree’s first department store on the corner of Wynter and Pulteney Streets.
After some decades in varying states of decay, the property has been carefully restored for use as an allied health practice for Kinetic Medicine’s Taree operations.
Kinetic Medicine managing director John Stevens said the building has been a part of Taree’s streetscape for more than a century so the restoration needed to retain its historical value.
“A lot of Taree’s heritage buildings have been lost over the years and so we were hopeful we could turn this one into something that the whole community could enjoy,” Mr Stevens said.
John and family purchased the property in 2014 with the goal of transforming it into their business premises.
Described by the NSW heritage registry as a “rare example of Victorian style intact and “an example of conservative tastes in Taree for the period”, much of the original features of construction in the building have been retained and restored.
With the development of Taree’s medical precinct in recent years, Kinetic Medicine is hopeful moving their practice will ensure a better patient experience.
“We work very closely with the great staff of the Manning Hospital, running follow up programs for their respiratory rehabilitation program, helping with their cancer exercise program, so we think the less people have to travel around the better,” Mr Stevens said.
“Given the way public health funding has taken shape over time, we think our role as a community based private provider can ensure the great people of our region don’t miss out on expert care.”
Mr Stevens is also planning to make use of their new location to roll out programs otherwise not offered in the region.
“We’ve got big plans. We’re planning to take our experience in delivering programs to cancer patients to the next level, so that patients can receive the kind of care they’d get in capital city cancer units to ensure that they can thrive through chemotherapy.
“We’re also working on a collaboration for people with addictions and serious mental illness, We’ve also just installed some specialist equipment so we can provide expert care for a range of conditions like spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases and amputees,” Mr Stevens said.
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