Pohlen takes clin­i­cal turn

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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

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