LONG-serving Terang Mortlake Health Service (TMHS) chief executive officer Mark Johnson is taking on a new challenge.
After 13 years with TMHS, Mr Johnson leaves on September 10 to become CEO of Gippsland Southern Health Service.
He will lead a health service with 400 staff, 50 acute beds at Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals, 86 aged-care beds and three community health centres.
Mr Johnson leaves TMHS as a financially stable organisation that has maintained and expanded its services.
“We have a health service here that is well supported by local people and is in a good financial position to continue positively into the future,” he said.
Mr Johnson said the opening of the Josie Black Community Health Centre in Terang’s High Street was one of the highlights of his time with TMHS.
“The centre provides a focal point for the delivery of primary care services under the one roof which has been a great asset for the community,” he said.
Under Mr Johnson’s leadership TMHS has expanded its community services, including the introduction of chronic disease management programs for people with diabetes and heart conditions, and has maintained procedural and obstetric care with the support of local general practitioners and visiting specialists.
The TMHS management board has engaged Mercury Executive Recruitment to find the next CEO. In the interim John Davies has been appointed as acting CEO.
Mr Davies has significant experience in the public health sector having held a number of CEO roles, including at East Grampians Health service prior to his semi-retirement in 2009.