Health Board in­terim chair named

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WIDE Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice has wel­comed the ap­point­ment of in­terim Board chair Peta Jamieson.

WBHHS Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Deb­bie Carroll said it had been a plea­sure work­ing with Ms Jamieson on the Board for the past 18 months, and she wel­comed her to the im­por­tant strate­gic role.

“Peta is pas­sion­ate about re­gional Queens­land and ser­vice de­liv­ery, and also brings a strong track record of gov­er­nance, pol­icy and pro­gram de­liv­ery with her,” Ms Carroll said.

“She’s a big be­liever in com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and she’s been an im­por­tant part of the strength­en­ing of our com­mu­nity ref­er­ence groups in the past year.

“Peta also has a strong in­ter­est in or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture and she’s been a big sup­porter of our staff in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing through her in­volve­ment in in­ter­nal awards judg­ing and her reg­u­lar at­ten­dance of staff and HHS events.

“She’s been a valu­able ad­di­tion to the board since her ap­point­ment and I know she will make a great in­terim leader as we move into the next phase of plan­ning our strate­gic di­rec­tion.”

Ms Jamieson has been ap­pointed chair un­til May 17, 2017, when a per­ma­nent chair will be an­nounced. The chair po­si­tion has now been ad­ver­tised.

Ms Jamieson said she was hon­oured by the ap­point­ment to lead the Board for the next five months and looked for­ward to work­ing more closely with WBHHS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Pen­ning­ton, his se­nior team and the wider WBHHS work­force.

“Be­ing on theWide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Board for the past year-and-a-half has been very re­ward­ing, so I’m thrilled to step up to the role of chair,” she said.

“My in­volve­ment to this point has en­abled me to see the enor­mous amount of work that goes into run­ning a hos­pi­tal and health ser­vice, not just in the day-to-day op­er­a­tions but also in the vi­sion for what the best pos­si­ble health ser­vice forWide Bay could look like.

“I’m proud to have been part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has come a long way since its in­cep­tion and that is con­stantly strength­en­ing its ser­vice de­liv­ery for the ben­e­fit of its pa­tients and wider com­mu­nity.”

Ms Jamieson said her ex­pe­ri­ence both as a Board mem­ber and a health con­sumer had made her pas­sion­ate about cer­tain as­pects of health ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“As a mother, I am par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on en­sur­ing we have the best pos­si­ble child health ser­vices to give our chil­dren the best start in life,” she said.

“And as some­one who has needed to use can­cer fa­cil­i­ties for my­self and my fam­ily, I’m com­mit­ted to fur­ther in­crease ef­forts to pro­vide can­cer treat­ment ser­vices in theWide Bay.

“It was a great hon­our for me ear­lier this year to at­tend the open­ing of the Bund­aberg Can­cer Care Cen­tre, which has made huge strides.”

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