The call of home, family and the chance to join Australia’s largest day hospital company proved to be the perfect combination for Andrew Currie.
Cura Day Hospitals Group have appointed Mr Currie as their new chief executive officer, and for the healthcare industry veteran, it was the job he was waiting for.
“I’ve been overseas for three and a half years, based in Dubai, building up a healthcare business there which built hospitals in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,” Mr Currie said.
“We’ve had three grandchildren born while we were overseas and another just a month ago who I haven’t met yet, as they’re in Victoria.
“They’re all in Victoria actually, but at least we’re a lot closer than we used to be!
“So for me, part of the attraction of coming home was being able to spend more time with our family and that’s really what I like to do best outside of work.”
After a 10 year nursing career, Mr Currie moved into executive positions at private hospitals including CEO at Christo Road Private Hospital, Port Macquarie Private Hospital and Geelong Private Hospital.
In 2000, he founded and was managing director at Clear Outcomes Pty Ltd, a consultancy that provided independent management services to public, not-for-profit and private hospitals, as well as day surgery facilities and surgery practices.
In 2011 he joined Healthscope’s leadership team, and in 2017 he accepted an international position as COO at Evercare Group, an emerging market healthcare fund in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
“During my time at Evercare, we went from having 16 hospitals in the company to 34 and we went from 32 diagnostics centres and outpatient clinics to almost 100,” Mr Currie said.
“Healthcare access in those areas is really paramount for people – it’s a completely different story to healthcare in this country. Personally, it was very rewarding being able to increase access to health care in those places.”
Mr Currie added it was the opportunity at Cura that tempted him to come home at last.
“Sometimes healthcare can be a tough gig, but Cura is a good gig – this group has a great partnership model with their doctors, there’s good prospects for growth, and the financial backing is sound,” he said.
“My plan is to continue that growth and develop our business.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with the team at Cura to achieve that growth and see the opportunities that are out there in a post-COVID environment.
“We will continue to work on our pipeline and we will be looking at opportunities both here and overseas, where that makes sense. And of course, we’ll be continuing to build on the great partnership we have with our doctors.”
Chairman of Cura Day Hospitals Group, Dr Keith Zabell, said he was delighted with Mr Currie’s appointment.
“Andrew has demonstrated a commitment to the delivery of shareholder value and key financial outcomes including revenue and EBITDA improvement,” he said.
“His extensive knowledge of hospital management coupled with his substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions will be fundamental in the continuation of Cura’s future growth strategy both domestic and international.”
Mr Currie added 2020 had been a tough year for “pretty much everyone” but that Cura seemed to have come through as best as could be expected.
“From what I’ve observed so far, Cura has come through this year reasonably well. Victoria has been hit pretty hard, but overall the company has managed what is a difficult time,’ he said.
“JobKeeper has been a key factor in helping keep the businesses running.
“Australia in general has really done a great job of managing COVID. I’ve been working in seven different countries and the burden of COVID in those other countries is really huge compared to what we’re dealing with here.”
“I’m very excited to be part of this high performance team here at Cura, and I can’t wait to really get amongst them.”
Mr Currie officially takes over from Peter Freeleagus at the end of October 2020.