With just a week until we launch our 1000kg weight loss challenge, the countdown is on. So I’m thrilled to announce that, thanks to staff suggestions, we’ve named this challenge ‘MiddleNOmore’. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions, especially Gloria-Jean from Mental Health Services for Older People who provided the inspiration for MiddleNOmore. It’s a great spin on the name of our hospital and I for one am looking forward to getting rid of my middle!

As the launch of MiddleNOmore looms, my thoughts are inevitably beginning to turn to cream cakes and other unhealthy food options. But I’m also trying to give some serious consideration to how I’ll change my habits and behaviours so that I lose weight safely, sensibly and in a way I can sustain.

Everybody who participates will no doubt choose their own course of action to lose weight. We’re currently developing an informative MiddleNOmore intranet site for SouthNET which will be crammed with advice on how to lose weight as well as the ability to register to take part, contribute your weekly weight loss anonymously and ask advice from a dietitian. Our dietetics team will also be holding regular seminars on various aspects of weight loss to help staff achieve their goals.

Personally, I’ve decided to seek help from an independent weight loss scheme to assist me alongside the resources our staff are making available. I was briefly tempted to go on one of those strange diets where you only eat salmon and drink lemon juice for weeks on end but realised that after day two, I’d be craving cabbage soup!

I also plan to update you regularly through my blog on how I’m going and how CMDHB is progressing towards our 1000kg goal (while avoiding any Bridget Jones’ Diary overtones). Watch this space!

There are lots of details still to share, which I’ll be doing at my ‘Coffee with the CEO’ hour and MiddleNOmore launch next Friday morning at 10am. Thanks to everyone who has responded to the invite – in fact, I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the interest staff have shown. About 200 people may be coming along for a cuppa! I’d absolutely love to see you there and look forward to sharing more details of MiddleNOmore with you all. I’ll do my best to get around and talk to as many people as I can but rest assured, there will be other ‘Coffee with the CEO’ dates coming up (not just at Middlemore, but around CMDHB too). Just a note about next Friday’s event – we’re considering a venue change within Middlemore because of the number of people likely to come. Keep an eye out on Daily Dose for details.

I’ve also received emails from many staff who’d like to have a coffee or participate in MiddleNOmore but who can’t make it next week for whatever reason. As I said, there’ll be other coffee sessions coming up to enable me to meet as many of you as possible. And for those who can’t make it but who want to be part of MiddleNOmore, you will be able to register and participate through our SouthNET page. Details on this to come via Daily Dose next week.

Finally, I want to share an extraordinary success story with you. There’s a national drive to reduce waiting lists for elective surgery which is captured by one of the national health targets. The objective is not to hit the target so much as it is to ensure more people get timely treatment and spend less time waiting in pain and discomfort. The other day I came across an astonishing figure – through your hard work and innovation, we have increased the amount of elective surgery completed at CMDHB for our population by 76.1% over the last five years. That’s a phenomenal increase of 5741 extra operations which will have been hugely beneficial for our community in terms of patients receiving their treatment and getting back on their feet faster. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this improvement – you are making a real difference to the outcomes we achieve for our patients.

I love to acknowledge and applaud your hard work – it’s one of the perks of my job. But there are also opportunities for you to single out your hardworking colleagues for some extra recognition. Nominations for the 2012 Nursing and Midwifery Awards have just been extended until Thursday (March 29). I encourage you to put pen to paper and nominate a nursing or midwifery colleague for one of the many categories – I know there are many among you who go above and beyond on a daily basis and rightfully deserve an award for your efforts.

See many of you next Friday,



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

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