Vi­tals Global Health­care an­nounces man­age­ment struc­ture

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

VGH yes­ter­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of its se­nior man­age­ment team led by Dr Ar­min Ernst as Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

Dr Ernst is a Har­vard-trained and glob­ally-renowned pul­mo­nolo­gist with seven text­books and over 200 manuscripts to his credit. He ob­tained his health­care man­age­ment de­gree from Har­vard Univer­sity and, be­fore join­ing Vi­tals Global Health­care, held clin­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive lead­er­ship roles in ma­jor aca­demic med­i­cal cen­tres, large in­te­grated hos­pi­tal-based sys­tems, and am­bu­la­tory care set­tings in the United States.

Dr Ernst will lead the team of pro­fes­sion­als who will see VGH Karin Grech Hos­pi­tal, VGH St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal, and VGH Gozo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal trans­formed into world class med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties pro­vid­ing more beds, ser­vices, and pro­grammes to the lo­cal pub­lic.

As­sist­ing Dr Ernst as Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer is Eric Buehrens. Mr Buehrens joined the health­care in­dus­try over 20 years ago, fol­low­ing a pro­lific ca­reer in in­dus­try in the United States. Af­ter serv­ing as Deputy Provost for Ad­min­is­tra­tion at Har­vard Med­i­cal School, he took on sev­eral lead­er­ship roles at a ma­jor Har­vard Med­i­cal School teach­ing hos­pi­tal and in other health­care sys­tems. He has placed par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on tak­ing a struc­tured ap­proach to qual­ity im­prove­ment in op­er­a­tions.

Mark Lisher joins VGH as Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer. Mr Lisher is a highly-ex­pe­ri­enced fi­nance pro­fes­sional with over 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence. He has oc­cu­pied a num­ber of Di­rec­tor and CFO po­si­tions in con­tract­ing, pro­gramme man­age­ment and fi­nance in var­i­ous sec­tors and in­dus­tries. Mr Lisher has worked in health­care en­vi­ron­ments for the last 14 years in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions within the Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) in the United King­dom. He is a qual­i­fied ac­coun­tant and has a Master’s De­gree in Man­age­ment (Msc Man­age­ment) from the Univer­sity of South Wales.

Dr Na­dine Del­i­cata and Dr Stephen Zam­mit will re­main CEOs of Gozo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal Karin Grech re­spec­tively, and will now form part of the VGH hos­pi­tal man­age­ment team.

Micky Singh joins VGH as Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Mina Popova joins VGH as Head of Qual­ity and Risk, John Bezzina as Head of Hu­man Re­sources, and Alessan­dra Pace as Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing.

Dr Ernst ex­plained: “Our aim is to de­liver com­pre­hen­sive, high qual­ity ser­vices to com­mu­ni­ties in Malta and Gozo with ex­cel­lence, com­pas­sion and com­pe­tence. We do not be­lieve in one for all plans, yet be­lieve health care should be per­sonal, in­no­va­tive and pa­tient cen­tred. I am con­fi­dent that to­gether with my team, we can see our vi­sion through in a way that adds value to Malta and Gozo. The med­i­cal in­dus­try in Malta is blessed with many ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als and we are lucky to have them on-board as part of the team. I am look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where em­ploy­ees can thrive and grow fur­ther, and where pa­tients can re­ceive the high­est lev­els of care pos­si­ble.”

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