Feeny new chief
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.