Ramsay Health Care has revealed Craig McNally will take up the reins of the hospital group from the retiring Chris Rex in July 2017.
Mr McNally, Chief Operating Officer for the past seven years, has a long history with Ramsay, having worked for the company for almost 30 years. In that time he has served in various roles including Head of Global Strategy and European Operations.
In announcing the appointment, Ramsay Chairman Michael Siddle said Mr McNally was an outstanding choice for the role.
“Craig has a long and extensive track record in health care management both in operations and in strategic development. He has played a pivotal role in all major acquisitions and developments completed by Ramsay for over two decades.
“The Board has the highest regard for his leadership abilities, sound judgement and insight as well as his skills in assessing business opportunities – this has been instrumental to our success both domestically and internationally,” he said.
Mr McNally said he was ‘very excited’ to take on the CEO role, continuing his work with the company.
“My vision is to continue to see Ramsay develop as a leading health service provider globally. To this end, I intend to carry on with our successful growth strategy in hospital acquisitions and developments as well as strategic developments beyond the hospital walls. We also must remain focused on the provision of the highest quality care to patients through investment in our facilities, equipment and professional development of our staff,” Mr McNally said.
Mr Siddle also took the opportunity to thank Chris Rex for his contribution to the company.
“Chris has been an outstanding Managing Director. Under his leadership, Ramsay has grown to become an internationally successful healthcare company – one of the top five hospital operators in the world – employing over 60,000 people worldwide and treating over three million patients each year.
“He leaves us with a strong and robust company and we are immensely thankful for his contribution,” Mr Siddle said.
Australian Private Hospitals Association CEO Michael Roff welcomed Mr McNally to his new role.
“I congratulate Craig on his appointment. He comes to the top job at a time when private hospitals have a number of opportunities to work with government to improve healthcare in Australia. This includes government moves to address the growth in junk policies and it has also finally woken up to public hospitals rorting private health insurance, adding $1 billion in costs to the health system.
“I look forward to continuing our work with Craig and the whole Ramsay Health Care team on these important issues for consumers,” Mr Roff said.