Former Lorne Community Hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Kate Gillan will take over as Geelong’s new public nursing boss, Barwon Health has announced.
Ms Gillan would take over as new chief nursing and midwifery officer on 25 July, Barwon Health CEO Frances Diver announced on Tuesday.
“Kate is an excellent appointment for Barwon Health,” Ms Diver said.
“She is already known to many of the staff here and has a solid understanding of the healthcare network in our region.
“Kate’s calm and collaborative leadership style, as evidenced by her work at Lorne Community Hospital and Otway Health, will complement the executive team; she is a natural fit for Barwon Health.”
Prior to her recent role, Ms Gillan held various leadership roles at St John of God Health Care, including director of clinical services and nursing director.
“With a strong nursing background, Kate is able to work with all levels and her experience in both private and public sectors will be a benefit to Barwon Health,” Ms Diver said.
Ms Gillan said she was looking forward to leading Barwon Health’s nursing and midwifery workforce.
“I believe my understanding of healthcare services in our region, coupled with my experience in working with the Department of Health and Human Services, will be an asset to Barwon Health.
“I am passionate about person-centred care and I am committed to driving quality and safety standards – a space where Barwon Health is a recognised leader.”