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Published Friday 5 Jul 2019

The Board of Capital & Coast DHB has expressed its thanks to interim chief executive Julie Patterson for her dedication and leadership over the past year.

CCDHB Board Chair Andrew Blair says Julie (pictured) stepped into the role of interim chief executive at short notice last June, following her tenure as chief executive of Whanganui DHB, and a range of senior health sector leadership roles including at the Ministry of Health and Nelson-Marlborough DHB.

“In her time at CCDHB Julie has built strong relationships across the organisation – with staff at all levels, and with the DHB’s Board members – as well as with the DHB’s many stakeholders and partners,” Mr Blair said.

“She has provided steady leadership during some challenging times – including the industrial actions that have affected DHBs across the country – and ensured CCDHB has continued its strong performance while recruitment for a permanent chief executive was underway.”

During her tenure as interim chief executive, Julie has been a champion for the safety of both patients and staff – putting a strong focus on work to improve patient outcomes, and on initiatives to maintain and enhance staff engagement. She has also championed CCDHB’s work to ensure better equity of health outcomes, particularly for Māori and Pasifika communities.

“On behalf of the CCDHB Board and staff I thank Julie for her hard work, dedication to patients and staff, and for her committed leadership.

“Julie leaves CCDHB in good stead, and well-prepared for the coming work to build a unified health service across the wider Wellington region as we welcome new joint chief executive Fionnagh Dougan to Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.

“Following her loyal years of service to the health and wellbeing of many New Zealand communities, we wish Julie all the best for the future.”