It all began in 1979 when Dr Brian Gibson began a solo practice in the shopping centre on Delatour Road, next to a fish and chip shop. He joined with three other doctors to move into Kaiti Medical Centre which pharmacist David Moore built in 1982. The practice kept growing with more and more people enrolling, more doctors employed, and expansions to the building. Eventually, 30 years after it began, it was time to expand.
Around the same time the Ministry of Health said it wanted more of New Zealand’s healthcare done at the primary care level, so the management team at Kaiti Medical Centre built a modern, integrated, purpose-built medical centre in the heart of Gisborne. With the move, Kaiti Medical Centre became Three Rivers Medical.