Counties Manukau Health delivers top performance

Counties Manukau Health continues to deliver outstanding results to the South Auckland community. In the just-released National Health Targets, Counties Manukau Health ranks as the top-performer in consistently achieving some of the harder targets such as 95% of ED patients being treated within 6 hours and 95% of our babies being fully immunised at eight months of age. These results have been achieved during a difficult and very busy winter period.

“We are proud to be the only DHB that has hit all the National Health Targets so far for two years in a row and sustained outstanding performance in many individual targets,” says Dr Lee Mathias, Chair, Counties Manukau Health, (CM Health). “While we pride ourselves on performing well, we are more pleased about the impact this has on improving our community’s health – that’s what really motivates us.”

Counties Manukau Health has been assessed by the Ministry of Health as having achieved all six health targets for two years in a row with sustained performance in most individual targets over many years. This includes:

  • More than 108% of the elective surgeries required in the 2014 year and delivering well more than 100% since 2007
  • The only large DHB where patients have been waiting fewer than 6 hours in Emergency Department – despite huge winter pressures – since the target was first introduced in 2009
  • Achieving better than target percentage of babies fully immunised since 2009
  • More than 95% of people have received smoking advice in the hospital since 2009.

CM Health is also ahead of schedule to reach 85% of cancer patients receiving their first cancer treatment within 62 days by late 2015 – six months earlier than the national target to 30 June 2016. “What this all boils down to is that more people are receiving life-saving treatment earlier, we are supporting them to stay well at home and as a consequence will live longer, healthier lives.” says Dr Mathias.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to healthcare professionals all across the district – staff, primary healthcare, community providers – who have contributed to outstanding performance,” says CEO Geraint Martin. “I salute you all. We should be proud of the thousands of health professionals who make this happen. Our community gets a much better deal from a joined-up sector that works well together under immense pressure.

“While this is a wonderful achievement, we want to do better than National Health Targets. Our communities deserve the best healthcare and we aim to work towards equity for Maaori, Pacific and other groups with health disparities. This is our goal for the coming years.”

National health targets help measure the performance of all district health boards in six areas. Results for Counties Manukau Health in quarter Four 2015 include:

  • 97% of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged from Middlemore Hospital’s Emergency Department within six hours. Target for shorter stays in Emergency Departments was 95%.
  • The target was to have performed 16,200 elective discharges by this quarter. Counties Manukau Health exceeded this by 1,333 discharges, performing 17,533 elective discharges by this quarter (a result of 108%).
  • 95% of eight month olds were immunized at six weeks, three months and five months on time this quarter. The target is 95% by July 2015.
  • 95% of patients who smoke and who were seen by a health practitioner at a public hospital were offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.
  • 96% of enrolled patients who smoke and who were seen by a health practitioner in primary care were offered brief advice and support to quit smoking. This is above the national average. The target was 90%.

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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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