SDHB names new man­agers fol­low­ing re­struc­tur­ing

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin - eileen.good­ EILEEN GOOD­WIN

NEW se­nior man­agers are be­ing ap­pointed at South­ern District Health Board af­ter a long pe­riod of high­level de­par­tures.

Since com­mis­sioner Kathy Grant was ap­pointed in 2015, at least 10 ex­ec­u­tive­level man­agers have left the trou­bled or­gan­i­sa­tion.

This year, chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Flem­ing re­struc­tured the lead­er­ship team and new head man­agers are be­ing ap­pointed.

Pa­trick Ng has been ap­pointed spe­cial­ist ser­vices di­rec­tor, a role that used to be called chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

Mr Ng is a se­nior man­ager at Nel­son Marl­bor­ough DHB, the board Mr Flem­ing led be­fore tak­ing the job at SDHB.

Mr Ng will start in Novem­ber.

Lisa Ge­stro, a for­mer se­nior man­ager at both the Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Cor­po­ra­tion and Auck­land District Health Board, has been ap­pointed to the top plan­ning and fund­ing role.

Mr Flem­ing re­named it strat­egy, pri­mary and com­mu­nity di­rec­tor. It over­sees ma­jor pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions re­lat­ing to com­mu­nity health, such as mid­wifery, aged care, and men­tal health.

The cru­cial chief fi­nance role re­mains un­filled. Depar­ ting fi­nance head Clive Smith, who has been at the board for about 18 months, is act­ing in the role in the mean­time.

Mr Flem­ing said he was pleased by the cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants for the lead­er­ship team.

‘‘We have a strong team in place to lead our next stage of de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing a greater fo­cus on in­te­gra­tion with pri­mary care, clin­i­cal qual­ity and safety, and im­proved de­ci­sion­mak­ing.’’

Some ex­ec­u­tive roles were un­af­fected, in­clud­ing chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Nigel Mil­lar. A po­si­tion re­lat­ing to qual­ity and clin­i­cal gov­er­nance is va­cant.

‘‘I am con­fi­dent we have the right struc­tures and peo­ple to pro­vide the best care pos­si­ble to pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties in Otago and South­land,’’ Mr Flem­ing said.

Pa­trick Ng

Lisa Ge­stro

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