An interim leader for Capital and Coast District Health has been announced following chief executive Mary Bonner's resignation last month.
Senior public servant Debbie Chin will take the chief executive post from Monday, and will be in place for six months while a permanent replacement is found.
Capital and Coast District Health Board chairwoman Virginia Hope said the transition was sooner than planned but the Board was keen to move forward.
"We are at an important point in the development of services and service capacity, having achieved significant improvements in our productivity over the last two years. We do not want to lose the momentum that has been achieved.''
Mrs Bonner was hired in March 2011 to get the board out of its debt crisis, and the DHB has clawed back $80m since the blowout was revealed in 2007.
A statement from CCDHB said it was looking to sustain closer relationships with Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs, and continued to face financial challenges.
''For these reasons, the Board is putting in place an interim CEO with strong sector experience, leadership skills, CCDHB knowledge and financial capability to take the DHB forward.''
Mrs Chin is the chief executive of Standards New Zealand, a former deputy director-general at the Ministry of Health, and the Crown Monitor for Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs.
She will leave the Crown Monitor roles to take up the position.
"As a consequence of her work with the DHB she is very familiar with its strategic direction and the local, sub-regional and regional environment in which we operate,'' said Dr Hope.
''She has good connections with the community health sector and is also known to many key personnel across the organisation. This is a real advantage."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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