Hospital chief departs with Ipswich on track
AFTER less than three years as Ipswich Hospital CEO, Lesley Dwyer has resigned to take over the leading role at a troubled hospital in the UK.
Ms Dwyer was appointed West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive in July 2012.
During that short time she has led the hospital through a major restructure which transformed it into one of the highest performing hospitals in the state.
"We had some challenges in the beginning around our financial position, also around the access for the community," Ms Dwyer said.
"I'm really proud now. I'm not saying that it is perfect, but we do have a stability around our financial position. We have been able to invest back into our services to make sure that our elective surgery and our outpatient lists now are in a position where people are not waiting beyond clinically recommended times.
"We'd certainly like to improve on that. It's not the end; it's still part of a journey."
Ms Dwyer said while there had been mistakes in the past, the hospital had taken action.
"We're happy to be called on that but in fact I think we now bring a real openness and honesty about making sure that we do understand that when things have gone wrong that it doesn't happen again," she said.
"Some things occurred before I got here but it doesn't mean that we are not responsible for them."
Originally a nurse, she has more than 30 years experience across the public health system and has worked in executive roles for 15 years. "I've only ever worked in public health because that is where my passion is. I think the public health system needs the very best of people. I've never been tempted to chase down the private system."
Ms Dwyer has been appointed chief executive at the troubled Medway NHS Foundation Trust in Kent, southeast England.
She was approached by Medway in a global search after local recruitment late last year failed to secure a strong candidate.
"There'll be things that I'll take from here that I know that Medway is going to be successful as well," Ms Dwyer said.
"I get my drive from working with disadvantaged populations and improving the service."
Ipswich Hospital's Mental Health executive director Sharon Kelly has been appointed acting CEO.