Nelson Marlborough DHB chief moves permanently to Southern

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief Chris Fleming has been appointed as chief executive of Southern DHB, where he has been interim CEO since September last year.

Southern DHB, which was formed from the merger of Otago and Southland DHBs in 2010, has struggled with a mounting budget deficit in recent years and saw its board sacked by the Health Minister in June 2015. It has since been led by commissioner Kathy Grant.

The DHB is currently preparing for large infrastructure works, including the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital and Lakes District Hospital. Work on the former is at indicative business case stage, with options on the table including a replacement of the clinical service building and refurbishment of the ward block to building a completely new hospital.

The South Island is also in the middle of several landmark eHealth implementations, including the Health Connect South clinical workstation for hospitals – which went live at Southern last year and is shortly to go live at NMDHB – and the HealthOne primary care system.

It is also rolling out a region-wide patient administration system called SI PICS, using Orion Health's technology, which is currently being piloted in Christchurch.

Nelson Marlborough DHB will now begin a search for a replacement CEO.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: Orion Health, Health Connect South, Southern DHB, HeatlhOne, Nelson Marlborough DHB, SI PICS

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