Twas the week before Christmas

This is my last blog for 2016 and in the run up to Christmas, I’d like to thank you for your commitment and hard work this year.

Year after year, we strive to be one of the best performing DHB’s in the country, and 2016 is up there with the best. This was shown in our health targets, our collaborative campaigns and quality improvement initiatives, and the continued efforts of our staff who work on the frontline each and every day. While we have a lot to be proud of, we also know there is more to do if we are to achieve our goal of health equity.

I believe the real secret of our success lies in our values, our team spirit and diversity. Over the past year, there has been a real openness to work with colleagues across the health system and the social sector to make a real difference to people’s lives. I’ve seen a real honesty from people in that we can’t solve our healthcare problems alone and an unwavering commitment to achieving our vision of health equity, so that people living in our community, young and old, can have a fair and equal chance in life to be healthy, happy and well.

This journey is not an easy one, but if I know anything about the people who work here and our partners, we are not one to back down from a cause we truly believe in. It’s the reason we come to work each day, and it’s the reason some of us took up health as a career.
What is going to help us achieve our goal is our Healthy Together Strategy that will provide us with a road-map or series of steps to help us reach our end destination. While we may come across the occasional hurdle, we will continue to keep our end goal in sight.

Like the CEO, the CEO Blog is also taking a holiday, but I’ll be back blogging in late January to tell you all about what 2017 has in store.

To get you into the holiday spirit, check out our sensational staff choir singing the ‘12 days of wellness’ – click here

Nadolig Llawen (Merry Xmas in Welsh)


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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