Feeny new chief

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Ru­ral North­west Health’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s award-win­ning ser­vice and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Janet Feeny has worked in the health in­dus­try for 20 years, in­clud­ing the past decade at Stawell Re­gional Health as an ex­ec­u­tive in hu­man re­sources and act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive when re­quired. Her role in­cluded sup­port ser­vices and med­i­cal cen­tre man­age­ment, pro­vid­ing a close as­so­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing of all spec­trums of a health ser­vice work­force.

Ru­ral North­west Health board chair Sally Ge­bert said she was thrilled with Ms Feeny’s ap­point­ment.

“Janet will be an ideal fit for us with her strong HR back­ground and her ex­ten­sive work in the health in­dus­try,” she said.

“We had an out­stand­ing list of ap­pli­ca­tions which put us in a won­der­ful po­si­tion to make the right ap­point­ment. I am con­fi­dent Janet will con­tinue the great work be­ing achieved at Ru­ral North­west Health.

“She has a true pas­sion for peo­ple and en­sur­ing our health ser­vice treats ev­ery­one with care and respect.

“Janet is also a farmer’s wife, which only mag­ni­fies her depth of un­der­stand­ing for our com­mu­nity’s needs.”

Ms Feeny said she was ex­cited about her ap­point­ment.

“Ru­ral North­west Health is renowned through the in­dus­try for its achieve­ments, par­tic­u­larly in aged care,” she said. “I’ve been so im­pressed with how the health ser­vice has evolved in the past few years to be­come the very best, par­tic­u­larly with its close com­mu­nity ties. For an iso­lated re­gional health ser­vice to gain such recog­ni­tion and be lead­ing the way in aged care is sim­ply amaz­ing.”

The ap­point­ment is the re­sult of a re­cruit­ment process that be­gan af­ter for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Cather­ine Mor­ley an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion in Au­gust.

Ms Feeny is orig­i­nally from Sydney but moved to St Arnaud with her fam­ily when she was a teenager. She worked for nine years in hu­man-re­source man­age­ment with East Wim­mera Health Ser­vice be­fore ac­cept­ing an ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion with Stawell Re­gional Health.

She and hus­band David live on their Cope Cope farm with their three chil­dren Ni­cholas, Darcy and Iso­bel.

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