NEW: Wide Bay Health Chair Peta Jamieson.
NEW: Wide Bay Health Chair Peta Jamieson.

New Wide Bay Health Board interim chair named

WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Service has welcomed the appointment of interim Board chair Peta Jamieson.

WBHHS Acting Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said it had been a pleasure working with Ms Jamieson on the Board for the past 18 months, and she welcomed her to the important strategic role.

"Peta is passionate about regional Queensland and service delivery, and also brings a strong track record of governance, policy and program delivery with her,” Ms Carroll said.

"She's a big believer in community engagement, and she's been an important part of the strengthening of our community reference groups in the past year.

"Peta also has a strong interest in organisational culture and she's been a big supporter of our staff in various ways, including through her involvement in internal awards judging and her regular attendance of staff and HHS events.

"She's been a valuable addition to the board since her appointment and I know she will make a great interim leader as we move into the next phase of planning our strategic direction.”

Ms Jamieson has been appointed chair until May 17, 2017, when a permanent chair will be announced. The chair position has now been advertised.

Ms Jamieson said she was honoured by the appointment to lead the Board for the next five months and looked forward to working more closely with WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington, his senior team and the wider WBHHS workforce.

"Being on the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board for the past year-and-a-half has been very rewarding, so I'm thrilled to step up to the role of chair,” she said.

"My involvement to this point has enabled me to see the enormous amount of work that goes into running a hospital and health service, not just in the day-to-day operations but also in the vision for what the best possible health service for Wide Bay could look like.

"I'm proud to have been part of an organisation that has come a long way since its inception and that is constantly strengthening its service delivery for the benefit of its patients and wider community.”

Ms Jamieson said her experience both as a Board member and a health consumer had made her passionate about certain aspects of health service delivery.

"As a mother, I am particularly focused on ensuring we have the best possible child health services to give our children the best start in life,” she said.

"And as someone who has needed to use cancer facilities for myself and my family, I'm committed to further increase efforts to provide cancer treatment services in the Wide Bay.

"It was a great honour for me earlier this year to attend the opening of the Bundaberg Cancer Care Centre, which has made huge strides.”

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