Another new CEO for CQHHS
Will Steve be the one to stay?
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.
NEW IMPORT: New chief executive of Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service, Steve Williamson.