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Published Thursday 11 Oct 2018

Boards’ decision to appoint a single chief executive across Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs

Dear staff

The Boards of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs have voted collectively to appoint a single chief executive to lead both DHBs to better support health service planning and delivery across the Kāpiti, Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley regions.

This will allow a single CE to lead a wider programme of work focused on our two DHBs collaborating with a strong emphasis on keeping our communities healthy and well.

“The joint CE will support our DHBs to plan together with a focus on prevention and community-based care, while also ensuring our hospitals provide expert clinical care when people need them,” said CCDHB and HVDHB Board Chair Andrew Blair.

“This is about both Boards being clear in the vision they want. The combined role is an opportunity to take a fresh look at what is needed to enable a unified health service that provides better and fairer access to the same excellent healthcare across all our regions”

While the CCDHB and HVDHB Boards have made this decision, staff and key stakeholders across both DHBs will have an opportunity to engage in discussion about how to ensure a smooth adjustment and transition to a single CE model.

“To a large degree, the process is underway. The two interim CEs – Julie Patterson at CCDHB and Dale Oliff at HVDHB – will work with senior leadership at both DHBs and the Boards to help pave the way whilst a single chief executive is appointed.

“Visibility will remain strong across both DHBs with no site having more or preferential access to the CE or Board Chair.”

The single CE will work closely with other neighbouring DHBs and continue to develop strong partnerships – particularly with Wairarapa DHB, which will have a critical role in any future design work.

“Placing a single CE to lead this important work is an exciting step towards shaping our future health services.”

Yours sincerely

Andrew Blair | Board Chair
Hutt Valley & Capital & Coast DHBs