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MDHB’s new CEO Kathryn Cook familiarisation visit

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MidCentral District Health Board’s new CEO Kathryn Cook made a familiarisation tour today meeting some senior staff and visiting a number of facilities, and was impressed with what she saw.

​Mrs Cook, who will start on 4 May, is a partner with KPMG Australia’s Health Ageing and Human Resources Practice where she is lead partner of the Victoria practice. Before that she was CEO of Western Health, which delivers health services through four acute hospitals and a range of community services for about 750,000 people in western Melbourne.

She will replace CEO Murray Georgel who has been at the helm for 15 years, and will leave at the end of April.

Mrs Cook was introduced to the executive leadership team to discuss the MDHB’s 2015-16 annual plan, before touring Enable New Zealand, and Palmerston North Hospital hearing priorities for the hospital’s redevelopment.

After meeting with leadership teams, Mrs Cook visited Health on Main and was introduced to Central Primary Health Organisation representatives before visiting the Horowhenua Health Centre in Levin.

Later she met informally with MDHB board members.

Mrs Cook said although it was a brief visit today, she relished the opportunity to meet with staff and see first hand some of the work being done and plans for the future, including the exciting redevelopment of Palmerston North Hospital.

MDHB Chairman Phil Sunderland in welcoming Mrs Cook said it was a wonderful opportunity for Mrs Cook to meet with some of the senior teams, visit the facilities and see and hear about some of the challenges she has ahead.

“We all look forward to Mrs Cook’s official start in May, and working with her.”

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