Health group names new chief ex­ec­u­tive

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Award-win­ning Cather­ine Mor­ley is Wim­mera Health Care Group’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Ms Mor­ley, who will start her new role on Septem­ber 11, re­places Chris Scott who re­signed from the po­si­tion ear­lier this year.

Ms Mor­ley has been Ru­ral North­west Health chief ex­ec­u­tive for al­most eight years and has taken on the new role to fur­ther her ca­reer.

Her ap­point­ment comes im­me­di­ately after she was in­ducted into Vic­to­ria’s Hon­our Roll for Women in the public sec­tor.

Wim­mera Health Care Group man­age­ment board chair Marie Aitken said the group’s ex­ten­sive search led to the ap­point­ment of ‘an out­stand­ing can­di­date from close to home’.

“Ms Mor­ley will build on our strengths and bring fresh ideas and en­thu­si­asm to our health ser­vice,” she said.

“The board looks for­ward to work­ing with Ms Mor­ley and the ex­ec­u­tive team to en­sure we con­tinue to de­liver safe and high-qual­ity care to the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.”

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Knights added his sup­port to the an­nounce­ment.

“We con­grat­u­late Cather­ine on her ap­point­ment and as­sure her of our sup­port as she takes up the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that are ahead in the com­ing years,” he said.

Mrs Aitken said Ms Mor­ley had broad ex­pe­ri­ence through her knowl­edge across acute, aged and com­mu­nity care and her pas­sion for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.

“Cather­ine is a strate­gic and in­no­va­tive leader, who has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence within the health in­dus­try,” she said.

“With strong fi­nan­cial and com­mer­cial acu­men, and with ad­vanced and proven prob­lem-solv­ing skills, Cather­ine has a track record of achiev­ing high-level op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial re­sults in both public and pri­vate set­tings.”

Ru­ral North­west Health chair Sally Ge­bert said Ms Mor­ley’s move was a sad but op­por­tunis­tic oc­ca­sion.

“It’s sad to see Cather­ine leave, but has left us in the strong­est po­si­tion pos­si­ble to ap­point the best suitor,” she said.

“We are after all, Vic­to­ria’s small health ser­vice of the year twice run­ning and now with five-star ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“She leaves us in a strong po­si­tion fi­nan­cially and the new model of care is up and run­ning suc­cess­fully.”

Mrs Ge­bert said her board looked for­ward to the chal­lenge of ap­point­ing a suit­able re­place­ment.

“We are look­ing to re­cruit a CEO who will not only be able to main­tain what we have, but build on our strong po­si­tion and look to the fu­ture,” she said. SCHUBERTS PEST SER­VICES

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