As 2013 comes to a close, I am joined today by the new Chair of our Board, Dr Lee Mathias. Some of you may not yet have met Dr Mathias, but she is delighted to be appointed as Chair and to be joining the vibrant team at CM Health. Already, she has observed different and innovative approaches to healthcare provision and is looking forward to being part of that progress in 2014.
As we count down to the end of 2013, we would both like to extend our sincere thanks to you all for your valuable contribution to yet another exceptional year. The last 12 months have not been without their challenges, as we continue to face rising demand and operate within significant financial constraints. Yet despite such obstacles, we have provided increasingly high quality care while also introducing innovative initiatives to improve the way we operate. It makes us extremely proud to reflect on the progress we have made this year, all while addressing some of our biggest challenges in healthcare to date.
2013 has seen us surge ahead with the Clinical Services Building (which will be fully operational early next year), deliver the hugely successful APAC Forum for over 1,000 delegates from around the world, build on our already impressive performance against the national health targets (particularly with the delivery of elective surgery, immunisations and smokefree support offered in hospital), commence our Leadership Academy and start to ‘green’ our organisation through our Environmental Sustainability programme.
Meanwhile, we have saved 23,060 bed days through our 20,000 Days Campaign and started phase two, Beyond 20,000 Days. We continue to lead Target CLAB Zero, achieving over 900 days CLAB-free in one of our wards. And we have built stronger relationships with primary care to better integrate our healthcare system through the localities.
Whatever your contribution this year, we thank you on behalf of the Counties Manukau community and our Board. Your expertise and the dedication you have for our patients and our organisation is to be commended. We also want to recognize the role played by our staff who will be working to keep our services running through the holiday break. Your commitment is to be applauded and we do hope you get your own opportunity to unwind with your family and friends at some stage.
The CEO blog will be on holiday now for a few weeks, resuming again in late January. Until then, we wish you a restful and relaxing festive season with your loved ones, and look forward to all we will achieve together in 2014.
Dr Lee Mathias Geraint Martin
Chair Chief Executive