After a decade at the helm, Epworth HealthCare Group Chief Executive Mr Alan Kinkade announced his retirement last week.
Announcing Mr Kinkade's decision, President of Epworth HealthCare Board Mr Rod Fitzroy confirmed that Epworth has achieved a decade of unparalleled success across a range of metrics.
“It has been Alan’s leadership, his passion for and total commitment to Epworth, his encouragement of, and investment in people, and his pursuit of Epworth’s expanding role in the fields of research and education that are amongst the hallmarks of his tenure.
“Alan has positioned Epworth to continue to be a leader in the provision of patient-focussed healthcare well into the future. He has transformed Epworth in terms of staff engagement, quality and patient satisfaction to where Epworth is now independently rated best in country for Patient Satisfaction.
“With the opening of two of Alan’s signature projects, the Lee Wing at Epworth Richmond (April 2016) and the new Epworth Geelong hospital (July 2016), Alan has delivered on his vision for the role that Epworth can play in the provision of healthcare for our community for decades to come.
Mr Kinkade said he was immensely proud of Epworth people for their dedication and commitment and the great work they do throughout Epworth.
“This has facilitated our exceptional fundraising which would not be possible without delivering compassionate and excellent care.
“I sincerely appreciate the passionate commitment of our doctors to providing excellent care and their tremendous support for the continuing development of Epworth,” he said.
Mr Kinkade has also had a national role in the private health care sector, as a Board member, Councillor and committee representative for the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) during his time as Epworth CEO.
APHA CEO Mr Michael Roff said Mr Kinkade’s contribution had been significant.
“Alan has made a considerable contribution as a Council member of APHA and as a member of our Policy and Advocacy Taskforce and his record with Epworth Health speaks for itself. He will be a great loss to the private health care sector and I wish him all the best in his retirement,” he said.
Mr Kinkade's retirement will take effect from January 1 2017.