It has been a busy first week for MidCentral DHB’s new CEO, Kathryn Cook, as she gets straight into the role.
Kathryn’s first day on the job saw her attending a regional meeting of Chief Executives in Wellington, which was an excellent opportunity to acquaint herself with colleagues from other DHBs. A powhiri on Wednesday saw her officially welcomed to the organisation.
Kathryn is enjoying being back in her home country, and is looking forward to what lies ahead.
She said: “I’m very happy to be back in New Zealand, and I look forward to exploring the district as the opportunities arise. What I’ve seen in my first week simply reinforces the fact that taking up this job was a good decision. There is an excellent team here at MidCentral DHB and I will be meeting many of them as I get up to speed on the various projects happening around the organisation.”
“One of the biggest projects on the horizon for me is the Palmerston North Hospital redevelopment. This will be an important focus over the coming years and I look forward to helping MDHB tackle this challenge.”
“What has definitely impressed me this first week has been the High Performing Healthcare Conference being run by MDHB and Central PHO. The calibre of speakers, and the lessons gained from the international experts have been very valuable for the health professionals that attended.”
Kathryn will spend the next couple of weeks meeting key staff and learning about the important projects and challenges that lie ahead for our district.
She said: “If the first week is anything to go by, I’m going to get a lot of enjoyment out of my time at MidCentral DHB. MDHB is already on a good course, and I look forward to keeping it that way, and ensuring that the communities in our district receive the best health care possible.”
Caption: From left to right, Kathryn Cook with MDHB Chairman Phil Sunderland, Manawhenua Hauora Chairman Richard Orzecki, and Kaumatua Rocky Hudson.
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