New Look Board For Portland District Health

Monday, 15 September 2014
Portland District Health has a new look Board of Management with five new directors appointed.

Allan Barrett, Pam Stringer, Greg Andrews, Greg Tremewen and Andrew Levings have joined the board.

They replace Jim Cooper, John Osborne and Ray Gilby. All three Board Directors have taken on new endeavours that no longer allow them to commit to Portland District Health.

Chairman Mike Noske praised their contribution, saying the three had all provided valuable service to PDH during their term with the Board of Management.

The first meeting for the new directors will be Thursday, September 25.

One of the new members, Greg Andrews, is returning to the board after a six year absence.

Mr Andrews, a private contractor, has maintained interest in the health service during his break and said PDH was a critical organisation for the local community.

Our main challenge is how we can address our local public health issues in a financially sustainable way,he said.

Ms Stringer recently retired from a career in education and welfare, mainly working with adolescents and most recently with the Glenelg Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network.

She sees finances and retaining skilled and experienced staff as the biggest challenges facing PDH. “We have to have enough funding to be able to provide the community with the health service it needs,” Ms Stringer said.

Real estate agent Mr Barrett, who is currently studying a bachelor of property and real estate, said he looked forward to being involved with the health service and helping it to grow and remain a sustainable part of the community.

The hospital is very important in our area and we need to be involved to help it grow and prosper for the future,he said.

A self -employed operator of marine operations and scientific activities businesses, Andrew Levings sees PDH as fundamental to the wellbeing of the community.

The hospital has a legacy of hard work from its staff and volunteers and we have to maintain our commitment to high quality training and care and ensure there are adequate resources for that to happen, he said.

Port of Portland chief financial officer and company secretary, Greg Tremewen, follows in the footsteps of the Port of Portland's CEO Jim Cooper in joining the board.

Mr Tremewen moved to the area 18 months ago and said he hoped he could contribute to the board, particularly in areas of financial management. The local hospital is an important part of the community and I'm pleased to be able to contribute where I can, he said.

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