Greenslopes CEO wins prestigious scholarship

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Chris Went has become the first Queensland-based winner of the prestigious Chief Executive Women (CEW) Scholarship.

The Greenslopes Private Hospital CEO will attend the Leading Change in Complex Organisations program at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts this year.

The course is designed to help senior executives harness the leadership skills, political resources, and cultural understandings needed to guide successful organisational change.

“Healthcare is always complex, and particularly so with the multiple reviews at State and Federal Government levels,” said Ms Went, who leads the executive team managing the 650-bed Brisbane hospital, employing more than 2,000 staff.

“Patient-centred care is our main focus," she added, "and successfully implementing change in a large private hospital through this uncertainty is crucial.”

Previously CEO of St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital for seven years, Ms Went was appointed at Greenslopes – one of Australia's largest private teaching hospitals – in 2017.

She will be the sixth CEW scholar to study at the American university in the past three years.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to broaden my perspective of change management principles and hone my leadership skills together with international peers across industry sectors,” Ms Went said.

The CEW represents more than 500 of Australia’s most senior women from the corporate, public, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

“CEW scholarships provide talented women with the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, enrich their experiences and advance their careers,” said CEW member Gail McGowan, director general of Western Australian Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

The MIT Sloan course is part of the 2018 CEW Scholars program, which gives 18 Australian women the chance of executive education at internationally-acclaimed business schools.

Ms Went has represented the private sector on the Queensland Clinical Senate, was a member
of the Department of Health Patient Safety Board and has represented the Australian Private
Hospitals Association on the Queensland Clinical Education and Training Council.

She is a member of the board of Ipswich Grammar School and the Gallipoli Medical Research
Foundation.

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