An­other new CEO for CQHHS

Will Steve be the one to stay?

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

FROM dis­abling bombs in the Royal Navy to shin­ing in the UK’s Na­tional Health Ser­vice, SteveWil­liamson cer­tainly has the re­sume to be the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cen­tral Queens­land Health and Hos­pi­tal Ser­vice.

But does he have the stay­ing power?

In wel­com­ing Mr Wil­liamson to the role yes­ter­day, CQHHS chair­man Paul Bell said the ser­vice had seen about eight dif­fer­ent CEOs and act­ing CEOs in about a decade.

Most re­cently, for­mer CEO Len Richards re­signed af­ter be­ing in the role for just three years.

“We have to get bet­ter than that,” Mr Bell said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing (MrWil­liamson) here for the next four years and giv­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion the sta­bil­ity and that lead­er­ship we haven’t seen for such a long time.

“So per­fect fit, in re­gards to pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence and now we have some­body who wants to be here, whose fam­ily wants to be here, and wants to be part of the CQ com­mu­nity.”

MrWil­liamson - who was slowly in­tro­duced to Rock­hamp­ton weather this week thanks to the re­cent rain - has only been at the hos­pi­tal for five days.

He comes with quite the health re­sume and has trans­formed com­mu­nity health ser­vices, im­ple­mented a ma­jor trauma cen­tre and trans­formed a mil­i­tary elec­tive ser­vice from the worst to best per­form­ing mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in Eng­land.

MrWil­liamson was even an Of­fi­cer in Com­mand, Mar­itime Counter Ter­ror­ism Bomb Dis­posal Ser­vice in the Royal Navy from 1999 to 2001.

So in tack­ling the health of Cen­tral Queens­land in 2017, he knows what he wants to achieve.

“We have had a re­liance on locum and tem­po­rary doc­tors for some time in the health ser­vice, and we have made sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess in the past cou­ple of months, but I want to work on that even more,” MrWil­liamson said.

“I think we are the big­gest em­ployer in Rock­hamp­ton, and in Cen­tral Queens­land the big­gest non-in­dus­trial em­ployer.

“So the im­pact we have on the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of Cen­tral Queens­land is very im­por­tant.”

Join­ing in on Mr Wil­liamson’s vi­sion, Mr Bell said they were al­ways look­ing to im­prove the “pa­tient jour­ney”.

“We need to make sure we are de­liv­er­ing ex­actly what peo­ple in CQ need, and re­duce the num­ber of

pa­tient jour­neys out of our re­gion,” Mr Bell said.

“We are look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a good car­diac ser­vice here over the next 12 to 18 months and we have to con­tinue to look at in­fra­struc­ture.”

The hos­pi­tal car park con­struc­tion is ex­pected to cause dis­rup­tions to the ser­vice, but will de­liver a di­rect ben­e­fit to both pa­tients and vis­i­tors.

The de­vel­op­ment of a $42m Emer­gency De­part­ment at Glad­stone Hos­pi­tal is also un­der way, and the Rock­hamp­ton Hos­pi­tal con­tin­ues to cel­e­brates last year’s move to a new state-of-the-art In­ten­sive Care Unit.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA ROK120117AWILLIAMSON1

NEW IM­PORT: New chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cen­tral Queens­land Health and Hos­pi­tal Ser­vice, Steve Wil­liamson.

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