PDH Appoints New Director of Nursing

Thursday, 24 April 2014
Portland District Health’s new Director of Nursing, Ros Alexander, is returning to a profession and hospital she is passionate about.

For the past six years Ms Alexander has been CEO of the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECH) based in Portland.

She previously worked at PDH for 12 years and has held two earlier Director of Nursing roles at St Luke's Private Hospital in Launceston and Darwin Private Hospital.

I am very passionate about nursing and about PDH, Ms Alexander said. PDH is our community hospital and I want to encourage the community to use it when they need,she added.

Ms Alexander has overseen tremendous growth during her time at DWECH. When she started there were four staff members and the service was not funded. Today it has 26 equivalent full-time staff members and receives both state and federal government funding.

It has been a great period at DWECH and I am looking forward to being part of the opening of our newly renovated medical centre on May 9 before I leave, she said.

DWECH has developed strong connections with PDH over recent years, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, cultural awareness training and a joint Aboriginal health liaison role, and Ms Alexander hopes to continue that association.

We already have connections and I hope we can build on those links,” she said.

Ms Alexander said that like DWECH, funding was the biggest issue facing PDH. We don't know the budget implications at this stage but there is a fear that health will be affected,she said. We will have to learn to do things smarter to make sure we get the best value for our money.

During her previous 12 years at PDH, Ms Alexander was there during the redevelopment of the hospital and was in charge of South Ward and started the Quamby drug and alcohol service.

I have been a Registered Nurse for many years and am looking forward to the challenge of getting back into acute care and working with the staff to make sure PDH continues to give the very best possible care to the community, she said.

Ms Alexander will start her new role on June 10, 2014

She replaces Frank Megens who has taken on a CEO/Director of Nursing role in Omeo.

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