Sonic's Malcolm Parmenter heads to Primary

The CEO of Sonic Clinical Services (SCS), Malcolm Parmenter, has resigned to take up the high profile job of CEO of rival Primary Healthcare.

Dr Parmenter, who ran the Independent Practitioner Network (IPN) for 11 years in total and two years as CEO of SCS, the primary care division of Sonic Healthcare, will take up his new role at Primary in September.

He will take over from Peter Gregg, who was forced to stand down following charges against him from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission for falsifying documents while he was with construction firm Leighton.

In a letter to SCS employees yesterday, Sonic Healthcare CEO Colin Goldschmidt said Dr Parmenter had built the division from a network of general practice clinics to a diversified and integrated healthcare business.

SCS owns the IPN group of medical centres, a number of occupational health-related and skin cancer clinics, clinical trial and research groups, community nurse and screening group Lifescreen Australia, and chronic disease management IT specialist Precedence Health Care.

The company announced last week it was rolling out Precedence's MediTracker app to all IPN practices.

Dr Goldschmidt said in his letter that current SCS leadership teams remain unchanged and a new CEO will be identified and announced in the near future.

“We are fortunate to have experienced, stable leaders and teams for each of the business units who are eager and ready to deliver on the strategic vision of SCS,” he said.

“As a key division of Sonic Healthcare, with a strong commitment to ethical, collaborative and innovative approaches to patient care and business partnerships, SCS is perfectly positioned to remain the most successful Australian primary healthcare business.”

In a statement to the ASX today, Dr Parmenter said he was honoured and excited to be appointed as managing director and CEO of Primary.

“This company has a great footprint of healthcare assets in Australia,” he said. “It is undergoing a strategic transformation while focusing on improving cash flow and return on investment.

“Furthermore, the healthcare sector in Australia remains one with strong underlying growth and real opportunities from innovation in technology. Efficient players who can both capitalise on the fundamentals and drive change will thrive.”

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: Sonic Clinical Services, Precedence Health Care, Primary Health Care

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