Changes and collaboration for Central Coast hospitals

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A new leadership team at Healthe Care Central Coast in New South Wales say they have a renewed focus on growth and collaboration, while pledging to work with the public sector to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Kelly, former CEO of Gosford Private Hospital, has taken on the role of Head of Regional Operations – North for the group, which operates 17 private healthcare facilities.

He will provide leadership and strategic management for eight hospitals and their teams across the Central Coast, Hunter, the Mid North Coast and Dubbo.

Following his promotion last year, two of Healthe Care's three Central Coast hospitals have started 2022 with new executive leadership.

“These are unprecedented times and Brisbane Waters, Gosford and Tuggerah Lakes private hospitals all have long-standing and positive relationships with the local health district (LHD) when it comes to co-ordinating treatment and care for the Central Coast community,” Mr Kelly said.

“Across Healthe Care generally, we have prioritised supporting the COVID-19 response across New South Wales and Victoria since the start of the pandemic.

“This includes the redirection of more than 100 staff from our hospitals to the areas of greatest need, including the vaccination hubs and special health accommodation in Sydney.

“We are proud to have played a significant role in supporting the public sector and the last two years have shown the value of having sustainable private and public health systems that work cohesively together.”

Michael Mitchell has been appointed CEO of Gosford Private Hospital alongside Natasha Mackey, its new Director of Clinical Services.

Meanwhile, Jennifer McNamara is the new CEO/Director of Clinical Services of Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital.

Mr Mitchell said he was pleased to be starting at such an important time for the region and the hospital.

“It’s exciting to be joining a hospital which has just finalised a successful 18-month, $32 million redevelopment, which included the installation of a new day surgery unit and step-down lounge, a 12-bed maternity ward, an 18-bed recovery bay, and a 23-bed dedicated surgical ward,” he said.

Mr Kelly said the new appointments would contribute to a team who were “focused on strengthening healthcare services for the broader Central Coast region”.

“We know that the relationships with our local LHD are more important than ever as we navigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic, and we will continue to liaise closely with Gosford and Wyong public hospitals and NSW Health throughout 2022 to provide resources and support any way we can,” he said.

“As we continue to work with local LHDs to support under-pressure services, Healthe Care Central Coast will continue to progress plans for growth in 2022.

“This includes a $9 million development application to expand the mental health services at Brisbane Waters Private Hospital and plans to further expand the range of services and procedures available at Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital.”

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