There’s ‘a whole Lottie love’ again this week, but this time I’m feeling it from our wonderful staff at CM Health. Thank you all so much for your help and advice on how to turn the new addition to our family, a puppy called Lottie, from terror to terrier. Last week’s blog post was by far my most popular ever and I was overwhelmed by emails containing suggestions, anecdotes and even photos of the beloved pets in our lives.

One response that took me by surprise was sent in by my eldest daughter, Bethan, who is currently studying in Palmerston North. Her suggestion on how to train Lottie: talk to your eldest daughter! Given that she’s studying to be a vet and recently completed a paper on Animal Behaviour, I have to concede that it is a good one. Clearly I also need to work on my father-daughter communication skills.

Given the popularity of the post, I’ll add regular updates on Lottie’s progress to the topics I cover in my blog. The latest news is that after two short weeks, she’s made herself a permanent member of our family and I can’t imagine a Lottie-less life (although our 12 year old cat Millie views the new addition with disdain).  I have also taken onboard the advice from a staff member who emailed me and have bought Lottie a toy rat which we’ve nicknamed Carmen. Lottie thoroughly enjoys hunting and ‘killing’ Carmen several times a day and I no longer have to chase her around the house to reclaim my footwear before leaving for work so we are making some progress.



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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