Foster into lead role

Karen Foster has been appointed chair of the Moyne Health Services board.
General
Monday, 5 March 2018
A new leader has been appointed for the board at Moyne Health Services.

Karen Foster has taken up the position of board chair, replacing Ralph Leutton who has stepped back to deputy chair.

Ms Foster has been on the board since June 2014 and is keen to take up the leadership role.

Department of Health regulations state a maximum of nine years for board members to serve.

Ms Foster said this means the board has a relatively new look to it, with her now the second-longest serving member behind Mr Leutton.

"Like our board, the CEO and executive are reasonably new in their roles and I think Ralph saw the opportunity for this leadership team to grow together," Ms Foster said.

"Ralph as done an amazing job. He has been a terrific advocate for Moyne Health Services and put in so much time. This is an exciting time for Moyne Health Services. We are seeing the fruits of the labour of past board members and staff."

Those fruits include the development of a master plan for the Port Fairy campus and work on bringing this plan to life.

The ground floor of the new community health centre was opened in February last year.

In December, Health Minister Jill Hennessy announce funding of $2.1 million to fit out level one of the building, with this work to be completed by the middle of next year. Work has started on the new urgent care centre while plans are also in place to re-locate the town's ambulance service to Moyne Health.

"I enjoy leadership roles and it will be good to help drive our focus of becoming more part of the community and responsive to the community's needs," she said.

Ms Foster said development of the Koroit campus is also high on the list of priorities for Moyne Health Services. She said a master plan would be developed for Koroit, with input from the community to play a key role in its creation.

Article by: Anthony Brady
Published: Moyne Gazette 08/02/2018