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It is my pleasure to welcome Bob Francis as a new member of the Capital & Coast District Health Board. Earlier today Health Minister Tony Ryall made the announcement citing Bob’s strong background in business and governance, together with his extensive community experience.
He has been Chair of Wairarapa DHB since 2006 and fills the Capital & Coast vacancy left by the passing of Dr Donald Urquhart-Hay in 2011. Prior to joining the DHB he was the longest serving mayor in the Wairarapa, stepping down as Mayor of Masterton in 2007 after 21 years. He was also involved in the inception of Wairarapa Community Polytechnic in 1989 and has continued to support the provision of tertiary education in the region after being appointed to the UCOL Council in 2001.
Already there are many areas where Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are working together to improve patient services and this appointment is another opportunity for us to enhance the delivery of health services for our region through greater collaboration.
Bob’s broad breadth of knowledge about the Wairarapa community will help us to further enhance the close sub-regional relationship where we already have several joint clinical and administrative appointments. Clinical initiatives as part of the ongoing 3DHB plan have initially focused on child health, ENT and gastroenterology, and more recently Wairarapa DHB have had capacity to perform some general surgery procedures for CCDHB.
I know Bob will be a great asset to the Board and I am sure you will all join me in welcoming the appointment because of the opportunity it provides to further develop our links with the Wairarapa Board at a governance level as we have done through joint ministerial appointments to the Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley District Health Boards previously
To read the Minister of Health's media statement, click here
Tto read a message from Bob Francis, click here.