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New chief executive appointed at REDHS

Anne McEvoy has been appointed Rochester and Elmore District Health Service’s new chief executive.

IVY WISE July 17, 2014 3:31am

Anne McEvoy with REDHS board chair Tim Fulton.

Anne McEvoy is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities in her new role as chief executive of Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.

Mrs McEvoy, appointed on Monday, replaces Matt Sharp, who finished in the position in March.

She was acting chief executive, following two-and-a-half years as clinical services director at REDHS.

‘‘This is a good challenge for me and I’m heartened by the opportunity this role provides,’’ she said.

Mrs McEvoy said the chief executive’s role was primarily to develop and implement the strategic plan, as well as working with the board of management.

‘‘I hope to achieve a strong working relationship with the board, community and staff and my immediate objectives in the strategic plan over the next three years,’’ she said.

The priorities identified in the strategic plan include expanding services, providing a high quality service, collaborating with its partners, listening and understanding the community’s needs and supporting staff.

Mrs McEvoy said one of the challenges the organisation faced was the changes to residential aged care and the other reforms, which came into effect on July 1.

‘‘The level of care has risen over the last 10 to 20 years ... so we have had to restructure to support the ongoing viability of aged care services,’’ she said.

REDHS has 60 aged care beds and 12 acute beds, with 112 full-time equivalent staff members.

‘‘Our current occupancy is tracking well and we’re very happy with the quality of care,’’ she said.

Last year, REDHS was awarded the Victorian Rural Health Service of the Year, something Mrs McEvoy wants to maintain.

‘‘I’d like to think I can continue to provide the level of care that we have been achieving,’’ she said.

‘‘The organisation has gone through significant growth in the past two years. I want to maintain that level of service delivery and potential further growth.’’

Board of management chair Tim Fulton said Mrs McEvoy had a strong background in rural health, holding senior and executive positions in health services in the Loddon Mallee region.

‘‘The board is very happy to appoint Anne and to see her move further up the leadership chain,’’ he said.

‘‘If the staff improve, we have a better health service.’’

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