Michael Mitchell has been appointed as the new CEO of Gosford Private Hospital as Healthe Care Central Coast starts the year with a renewed focus of growth and collaboration as part of its regional approach to managing COVID-19.
The change will see former hospital CEO Matt Kelly lead existing and new members of the executive team as part of his new role as the Head of Regional Operations – North.
Kelly will provide leadership and strategic management for eight hospitals and their teams across the Central Coast, Hunter, the Mid North Coast and Dubbo.
Mitchell will be joined at Gosford Private by Natasha Mackey who recently moved up into the role of Director of Clinical Services.
Mitchell said he was pleased to be starting at such an important time for the region and the hospital.
“It’s exciting to be joining a hospital which has just finalised a successful 18-month, $32M re-development which included the installation of a new Day Surgery unit and step-down lounge, a 12-bed maternity ward, an 18-bed recovery bay and a 23-bed dedicated surgical ward,” he said.
Kelly said Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital would also have a new CEO/Director of Clinical Services – Jennifer McNamara.
The appointment of new executive leaders at two out of the three Healthe Care Central Coast Hospitals marked an important chapter for the region, particularly when it comes to living with and facilitating health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
“These are unprecedented times and Brisbane Waters, Gosford and Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospitals all have long-standing and positive relationships with the LHD when it comes to coordinating treatment and care for the Central Coast Community,” Kelly said.
“Across Healthe Care generally, we have prioritised supporting the COVID-19 response across New South Wales and Victoria since the start of the pandemic.
“This includes the redirection of more than 100 staff from our hospitals to the areas of greatest need, including the Vaccination Hubs and Special Health Accommodation in Sydney.
“We are proud to have played a significant role in supporting the public sector and the last two years have shown the value of having sustainable private and public health systems that work cohesively together.
“We know that the relationships with our local LHD are more important than ever as we navigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic and we will continue to liaise closely with Gosford and Wyong Public Hospitals and NSW Health throughout 2022 to provide resources and support in any way we can.
“As we continue to work with LHDs to support under-pressure services, Healthe Care Central Coast will continue to progress plans for growth in 2022
“This includes a $9M development application to expand the mental health services at Brisbane Waters Private Hospital and plans to further expand the range of services and procedures available at Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital.”
Media release, Jan 24