Most popular blogs

I’ve been blogging for over three years, and it’s a weekly ritual that I look forward to.   Looking back at previous posts I’m in awe of how much we have grown as an organisation, what we have accomplished – big and small and the amazing people who work here.

To date we have published 174 blogs with a total of 112,460 hits – that’s quite an achievement. While the blogs are increasing in popularity, what intrigues me is the interest they are receiving from people around the world. This includes our neighbours from across the Tasman, the United Kingdom, USA, India, Japan, France, Germany and Africa.  Our voice is being heard across the globe!

So what were the most popular blogs from 2014?

The top three picks are:

Building a Revolution takes us back to the early days of Project SWIFT and a glimpse into the potential SWIFT has to support, enhance and revolutionise the way we deliver our services.

Lost for Words provides an insight into the tragic case of 7-year-old Japanese girl Sakurako Uehara, who was savagely mauled by a dog. Sakurako spent many weeks at Middlemore hospital, and her story touched all of our hearts

A heroic deed shares Biace Poasa’s story – an amazing young man who works as an orderly at Middlemore Hospital. Biace helped to save a young girl’s life following a car versus pedestrian accident.

What all of these blogs have in common is the ‘human factor’ and how people rise to the occasion when put under challenging or difficult circumstances.  Throughout these blogs, you will find people demonstrating compassion, humanity, courage, passion, determination and bravery.




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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