Pohlen takes clinical turn
Pohlen Hospital is to make changes to its administrative structure with a greater emphasis to be put on clinical management.
The board of the community charitable trust hospital has announced the changes after considerable consultation and feedback from staff.
Pohlen’s chief executive Anton Turner, who has been part of the review process, decided to stand down as CEO to make way for the creation of a more medically focused hospital manager role.
‘‘I have been working with Poh- len’s committed staff for eight years and together we have built a solid platform from which the organisation can now take its next step towards excellence in clinical care and practice,’’ Mr Turner said.
‘‘In keeping with many health organisation structures in New Zealand, the board is looking to develop a lean and clinically focused management team and for this they need someone with strong clinical qualifications to lead the hospital into the challenges of the future of health care.’’
Newly appointed Pohlen Hospital Trust Board chairman David Gasquoine has praised the contribution of Mr Turner and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.
‘‘ We have been fortunate to have someone of Anton’s management experience at the hospital when we have needed it,’’ Mr Gasquoine said.
‘‘However the board has agreed it is in the best interests of the hospital and the community it serves to make the changes that are planned.’’
Mr Gasquoine replaces Robin Steed.
‘‘ We have a fantastic community facility and it’s the responsibility of the board to look at the way it operates,’’ he said.
‘‘ Going forward, we need make some changes.’’
Pohlen Hospital is proposing moving from having a Chief Executive, Nurse Manager and Clinical Team Leader to a Hospital Manager with nursing qualifications and a Clinical Manager.
Mr Gasquoine said following the implementation of the new
to administrative structure the hospital will be reviewing the clinical work environment to ensure the needs of the community are being met.
Mr Gasquoine said it is important that the hospital move through the change period in a way that staff feel secure and valued for the work they do.
‘‘ Pohlen’s most valuable resource is the staff,’’ he said.
The recruitment of the new hospital manager will begin immediately and the position is being advertised on seek.co.nz.