Leadership appointments progressing well for RWHS

1 May 2013

Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) have announced five leadership appointments as implementation of the new Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS) continues to progress.
 Appointments to date are:
  • Regional clinical director Dr Digby Ngan Kee - a MDHB specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist since the late 1980s and clinical director for the joint WDHB and MDHB region since 2011. 
  • Regional midwifery advisor Dr Cheryl Benn who was previously midwifery advisor to the joint WDHB and MDHB region. Dr Benn has a strong academic background as well as wide experience in midwifery clinical practice. She is a practising lead maternity carer and co-author of the highly regarded New Zealand Pregnancy Book published in 2009.
  • Regional service manager Robyn Williamson (appointed January 2013) who has been with MidCentral Health since the 1980s. Mrs Williamson has held a number of positions in child and women’s health including service manager MDHB Child & Women’s Health Service since 2007. Mrs Williamson will retain her responsibilities in child health alongside her new appointment as RWHS regional service manager.
  • Regional midwifery director Leona Dann whose appointment will begin on 13 May 2013. Mrs Dann has been a charge midwife since 2003 and MDHB Women’s Health Service midwifery director since 2007. Mrs Dann brings a broad range of knowledge and expertise to this role through her extensive experience as a practising midwife. She also established the Central Region Midwifery Leaders Group.
  • Change manager Janine Ingram whose appointment will also begin on 13 May 2013. Mrs Ingram has been a charge nurse of the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit/Day of Surgery Admissions/Surgical Short Stay Unit/Pre Admissions/Women’s Surgical Unit at MDHB. She has considerable experience across surgical services, including women’s health. Mrs Ingram has been seconded from her charge nurse position to support the implementation of the RWHS Development Plan.

WDHB and MDHB chief executives Murray Georgel and Julie Patterson say the calibre of the RWHS leadership, along with local clinical leadership at Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospital’s will enhance the RWHS’s ability to deliver safe health care across the region. They say a number of exceptional candidates sought the new roles.

“Both DHB’s are benefiting from the collaboration of our shared resources and knowledge,” says Mrs Patterson.

Recruitment for the clinical nurse specialist gynaecology and lead colposcopy nurse positions are currently underway.