SOUTH West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Glynis Schultz is leaving the region after four years to pursue a new direction in her career.
Experienced senior health executive Linda Patat will act as interim chief executive while recruitment is undertaken for a permanent replacement.
Ms Patat most recently was with the Metro North HHS in Brisbane where she was the Executive Director for Clinical Governance and the State-wide Clinical Skills Development Centre.
South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Jim McGowan said Ms Schultz would be sorely missed by the health service.
"It has been a pleasure and an honour working with her over the past few months since my own appointment in May this year,” Mr McGowan said.
"During that time, I have come to rely on Glynis's sound advice, strong leadership and deep knowledge of the health service and the broader health system.
"Her enthusiasm and support has been very much appreciated and I will miss working with her.
"She has displayed a strong commitment to high-quality patient care for residents and communities and cultivated a strong culture of safety and patient-centred care.
"During her four years with the South West HHS, she championed many outstanding health initiatives for our region.
"I'm sure everyone in the health service and the region will join me in wishing Glynis well in her new career move.
"I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Linda to the region as she takes up her appointment.
"She is particularly committed to regional and rural healthcare. Her capacity to engage with our local communities and work with staff and our partners to continue to deliver quality, sustainable healthcare for the southwest will be a valuable asset over the coming months.”
Mr McGowan said Ms Patat's appointment was initially until April 1 next year, while recruitment was undertaken for a permanent replacement.
Ms Schultz said she planned to move to Brisbane to be closer to family and would be taking up a new role with the Queensland Mental Health Commission.
"During my time in the southwest, I have been truly blessed to work among exceptional people and I will miss the many friendships I have made,” she said.
"I continue to be impressed by the commitment, courage, compassion and can do attitude of the people in our region. They have taught me much during my time here.
"I would like to thank my colleagues in the health service and the residents of our many communities in the southwest for the privilege of working with them and for the honour of leading the service over the past four years.
"I also thank the South West HHS Board for its strong support - both the former board members and former chair Lindsay Godfrey as well the current board and chair Jim McGowan.”
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