Health Matters WBOP March 2016

Western Bay Edition - March 2016 Sally Webb, Chair, Bay of Plenty District Health Board Farewell Phil In this issue of Health Matters we acknowledge Phil Cammish who retires at the end of January 2016 after 10 years serving as Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s CEO. At the end of this month Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) farewells our Chief Executive, Phil Cammish after 10 years’ service to the people of the Bay. So much has happened over those 10 years and when I reflect, what strikes me most has been the strength of Phil’s leadership, which he has demonstrated in so many different ways. When Phil arrived Project LEO (Leading Edge Organisation) was already underway. This project encompassed a full upgrade of the Tauranga Hospital campus. The successful completion of Project LEO at Tauranga Hospital has resulted in great improvement in all our ward facilities. It means Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty is well positioned for hospital facilities into the future. Once Project LEO was completed, Phil shifted his focus to Project Waka in Whakatāne. We now have a beautiful new hospital serving the local community. In addition, the Rural Health Interdisciplinary Immersion Programme (RHIIP) has been a real benefit to the Eastern Bay. This programme was developed collaboratively with Auckland and Otago universities as a response to the growing issue Phil Cammish and Former Minister of Health, of healthcare shortages in New Zealand’s rural comTony Ryall, 2009. munities. The insight and support from Phil to establish RHIIP in Whakatāne has had a significant impact on developing the health workforce in our region. Then there are the two latest service developments on the Tauranga site; the Kathleen Kilgour Centre and the new PathLab building. It has been Phil’s dedication that has seen both these initiatives through to completion. There is much more I could write about and it’s hard to fit 10 years of dedication and drive into one short article. However, as we look around our health services and facilities we can see the legacy Phil’s leadership is leaving for us to take forward. On behalf of the Board and staff of the BOPDHB, I say a heartfelt thank you to Phil for the 10 years of excellence and the achievements made during that time. From Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation From the Mayor of Tauranga It is often said that you can judge a person’s time in a job or holding an official position by posing the question of whether they leave the organisation in better shape than when they joined it. Over the last 10 years the Bay of Plenty has been extremely fortunate to have Phil Cammish as CEO of our District Health Board. As a community we have all benefited from Phil’s vision and commitment to delivering quality health services. munity meet together to agree local ‘rules’ of how a variety of clinical situations will be managed. In addition, after wide consultation there has been the development of a formal Integrated Health Strategy; the formation of the Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) comprising the Chairs and CEOs of the Bay of Plenty Public Health Organisations and the DHB who meet regularly; and the In Phil Cammish’s BOP Alliance Leadercase we can give ship Team (BOPALT) him a resounding comprising CEOs, “Yes” in answer clinicians and key to that question. planning personnel Indeed, the good from the PHOs and ship BOPDHB sails the DHB, who form into the future with the action group to energy and hope. ensure the intent of Successive governthe SPG happens. ments had already We all wish Phil well begun the process for the future. We of transforming the hear that he may old concept of the be very busy in a ‘Hospital Board’ number of areas, into the ‘District so the word ‘retireHealth Board’ ment’ may well be before Phil was a gross overstateappointed CEO. ment. We look Under his watch we forward to working have been able to Supporting the Influenza with the incoming develop a number vaccination campaign 2010 Chief Executive of initiatives to John Gemming Helen Mason and ensure we are workbelieve that the ing towards a true ‘one system/one budget’ coming year will be marked with great integrated health environment in the Bay progress and goodwill. of Plenty. Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Initiatives include the Bay Navigator proOrganisation Chair, John Gemming cess, in which clinicians and allied health workers from both the hospital and com- About the Bay of Plenty District Health Board Covering 9,666 square kilometres, our DHB serves a population of 221,000 and stretches from Waihi Beach in the North West to Whangaparaoa on the East Cape and inland to the Urewera, Kaimai and Mamaku ranges. These boundaries take in the major population centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Opotiki. Eighteen Iwi are located within the BOPDHB area. The BOPDHB’s activities range from delivering health and disability services through its hospitals in Tauranga and Whakatāne, community health and disability services, and mental health services, through to support functions such as the clinical directorate, corporate services, and information management services. The DHB also plans health service development, funding and purchasing a wide range of health service for the region, through 413 contracts. These contracts include primary care, aged residential care, dental services, pharmaceuticals, mental health services, laboratory services and homebased support services. The DHB has a strong focus on improving Māori health. The DHB will receive $706 million during 2015/2016 to fund these activities. The BOPDHB has just under 3,000 fulltime and part-time staff; these include nurses, support service 7Ffb