Former government chief medical officer joins Ramsay

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Ramsay Health Care has assigned a former Australian government chief medical officer to enhance the company’s performance and reputation as a global leader in the delivery of safe and quality patient care.

Professor John Horvath has been selected for the newly created role of strategic medical adviser, starting today (1 February).

Professor Horvath is a distinguished doctor, researcher and health adviser, and served as Australia’s chief medical officer from 2003 to 2009.

He has represented Australia’s interests with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and previously served as deputy chair of the WHO’s International Cancer Research Institute.

Chris Rex, Ramsay Health Care’s managing director, said Professor Horvath possessed the necessary experience to assist the company in meeting its goals.

“As a global hospital group, we have the opportunity to promote collaboration and benchmarking between our health care teams across our worldwide network of facilities to ensure best practice is being achieved,” Mr Rex said.

“Professor Horvath has extensive international experience in evidence-based practice and clinical governance as it applies to hospital settings.

“[Professor Horvath] will assist us to maximise our efforts in this regard.”

Professor Horvath’s appointment comes after the hospital operator announced last year a strategic alliance with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement.

Ramsay is the first multinational hospital group to partner with the US-based organisation, which strives to discover “what matters most to patients”.

Mr Rex said the strategic alliance and Professor Horvath’s appointment demonstrated Ramsay’s long-term commitment to driving quality and value in health care.

“We are looking forward to [Professor Horvath’s] assistance in bringing innovative and world-leading programs and processes to our facilities and models of care,” Mr Rex said.

In another shake-up at the executive level, Kate Munnings, the former chief risk and legal officer at Transfield Services, has joined Ramsay Health Care Australia as its chief operating officer.

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