AFTER 12 years with Central Gippsland Health, chief executive Frank Evans will not be seeking reappointment when his current contract ends on June 30 next year.
Dr Evans notified the board of his retirement from CGH eight months ago, and although no public announcement had been made, his job was recently advertised online.
CGH board chairman Tony Anderson said Dr Evans had provided the board with “the luxury of time” to fulfil its search for his successor.
“The board plans to use this time effectively to ensure it finds the best candidates for this important position and with this in mind, we have engaged a specialist health recruitment agency to assist us in our search.”
Mr Anderson said the community and Victorian health system at large were indebted to Dr Evans’ passion, commitment and leadership.
“Frank’s strong adherence to his values, which are so closely aligned to those of the board and the community that we represent, has seen the leadership of our health service be clearly defined,” Mr Anderson said.
“This has helped all those who he has served deal with challenging decisions and ambiguity – we would never have to guess what his approach would be.”
Dr Evans described his time at CGH as “an exciting journey that had included some of the greatest highlights of my career and life”.
“What makes me most happy about my time at CGH has been to see our social justice value reflected more deeply in our decision-making and actions,” he said.
“The work we have done to provide learning and employment pathways for people, and our commitment to supporting the most disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalised in our community has been incredibly fulfilling.”
Dr Evans said he was grateful “that we have embraced transparency and not been afraid to admit when we have got things wrong or to say we are sorry”.
“We were one of the first Victorian health services to implement Patient Opinion (now Care Opinion) which I am convinced has contributed a great deal to our culture that is less defensive and more understanding of how vulnerable people can be when receiving health care,” he said.
Dr Evans also thanked the CGH board.
“I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank the board chairs I have had the privilege of working for and with: Glenn Stagg, John Sullivan, Catherine Greaves and Tony Anderson.
“You have all been remarkable and extremely capable.
“We all know that our staff and volunteers, including our wonderful liaison groups, are our most important asset and I want to thank the vast majority of our staff who come to work every day wanting to make a difference and for your belief in our quest.”
“CGH is a wonderful healthcare network … be kind, compassionate and look after each other.”
The recruitment agency handling the appointment for a new chief executive states online the board of management will negotiate “a competetive remuneration package” with the successful applicant.
The three-year contract will include 9.5 per cent superannuation and a car, with salary packaging benefits and relocation assistance available.
Applications close on November 15.