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Welcome to the New Year and new horizons for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba. Hopefully you will know that I am the Acting General Manager for your facility for the next couple of months while St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) recruits to the General Manager position.
My usual role is the General Manager at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy, I understand regional centres having grown up in Ballarat and my career in nursing and health management has taken me all around Victoria. I am excited to be here and look forward to progressing many projects and services and then provide a thorough handover to the appointed GM. The recruitment is currently underway and it’s anticipated that an appointment will be made in February.
I have been very warmly welcomed to Toowoomba. You have fantastic staff and their commitment to providing high standard healthcare is outstanding. This is clearly demonstrated every day in your wards and departments. During last year’s two major planning days your management team ensured that St Vincent’s Health Australia senior representatives understood that this facility is looking to a bright future. In fact the team have devised a project name for progressing St Vincent’s into the future and after some deliberation agreed on the name Project Operation Horizon. I will be working closely with the Project Operation Horizon Steering Committee to drive action on each of the initiatives during my time as Acting General Manager and will continue on as a member of the Steering Committee after the new General Manager commences.
As has been discussed on many occasions the St Vincent’s Hospital theatre redevelopment is key to that future, and we are working toward finalising plans and costings to go to the SVHA board. There is also work being done on capital expenditure for equipment, surface works for our carparks (leading toward paid parking), a review of information technology requirements and discussions about service improvements as well as recruitment of specialists.
I look forward to meeting more staff members in my time here and ensuring we keep up the great momentum we have started in 2016.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet anyone who would like to, so please don’t hesitate to contact me through our executive office (phone 4690 4124).