MORE than 10,000 people have signed to #saveOURhospital
MORE than 10,000 people have signed the #saveOURhospital submission forms and Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said it would give him the ammunition he needed to find a new provider.
"I knew there would be an outpouring," Cr Kratzmann said.
"But it's always nice to see expectations doubled."
Yesterday the mayor was hitting the road to Toowoomba to talk to health providers and show the community support behind the hospital.
"I've said if we had the backing of the people I will do my utmost to find a provider and that's what I'll do," he said.
"We are talking to anybody who will open their door," he said.
He said he had renewed confidence that a new provider would be found, but said time was ticking down, with Pulse Health ending operations at the hospital almost a month ago.
Submissions had been made online, in council offices and in supporting businesses throughout the South Burnett.
The 10,000 figure was more than double the original goal the mayor asked of the community earlier this month.
Councillor Damien Tessmann said the community support was encouraging, but it would not guarantee a new provider.
"The fact there's been such a huge response is swell, but it really is a business decision that they have to make," he said.
"They need to know the community is going to use it and support it."
Although the South Burnett Private Hospital is currently closed, the reception has remained open.
The licence for the hospital was extended for three months from the closing to make it easier for a new provider to take over.