Experienced health board chief named

Last updated 13:00 13/11/2012

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Chris Fleming has been named as the new chief executive of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

Mr Fleming has been the chief executive of South Canterbury DHB (SCDHB) since 2007. He replaces John Peters who resigned as Nelson Marlborough's health boss in July after eight years.

NMDHB chairwoman Jenny Black said it was great to be able to announce someone with Mr Fleming's calibre and experience to the position.

"Chris is someone who meets all of our requirements regarding health sector experience and clinical and management leadership.

"This is an extremely important position overseeing NMDHB's delivery and funding of health and disability services for the population."

The chief executive has the responsibility for an annual budget of $416 million, as well as managing more than 2000 staff, she said.

Mr Fleming is the chairman of the Chief Executives' South Island Alliance Leadership Team as well as the lead chief executive for the Health of Older People group nationally and the South Island representative on the national DHB executive and the director of health benefits. Ms Black said Mr Fleming's experience in the South Island Alliance was an advantage because Nelson Marlborough collaborations with South Island DHBs would continue at a high level with a chief executive who was involved in regional strategic planning.

Ms Black also acknowledged Mr Peters' leadership and vision that had guided the organisation for the last eight years.

Mr Fleming will finish with the SCDHB early next year.

He said highlights of the past five years had included developing plans for the South Canterbury district's health services to see it through the next 20 years.

He had also enjoyed bringing community health services into a closer relationship with Timaru Hospital and encouraging clinicians to step into leadership roles to enhance quality, safety and sustainability of health services.

Another highlight was seeing $3m roll in from the community for an MRI scanner for Timaru Hospital. It will be commissioned early next year.

SCDHB chairman Murray Cleverley said that under Mr Fleming's leadership the board became one of New Zealand's top DHBs.

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- The Nelson Mail

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