RAMSAY AUSTRALIA CEO MESSAGE The last few months have been busy ones with the opening of several major developments including those highlighted in this edition of The Ramsay Way at North Shore Private, New Farm Clinic and Pindara Private. I want to thank the staff and doctors of these hospitals for working with us during these developments, which I know are often disruptive. However, the end results are fantastic and patients will welcome the new and improved facilities at these hospitals. We welcome the newest edition to the Ramsay portfolio - The Border Cancer Hospital in Albury, which Ramsay Health Care is operating on behalf of the local health district. This 28 day chair and 30 inpatient bed cancer unit will service both public and private cancer patients in Albury. It is a wonderful new facility for the region and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new team at this hospital. We are also very pleased that the WA government has extended our contract at Peel for another five years. Ramsay took over the management of Peel in 2013 and the team at this hospital are delivering excellent health care services to the Mandurah community south of Perth. The decision by the State government to renew our contract is a testament to the high quality services that the hospital’s staff and doctors have delivered over the past three years. During the year, Ramsay commenced a number of new quality strategies including the ICHOM studies and the expansion of clinical trials in our major cancer hospitals. Clinical trials will provide more treatment options and will improve outcomes for patients and we look forward to being able to improve our ability to support sites in undertaking clinical trials in the future. I am also very pleased with the rollout of the Speak Up for Patient Safety programme mentioned in this edition of The Ramsay Way, which is focused on addressing behaviour that would undermine a culture of safety and quality. Based on the Vanderbilt University professional accountability plan, the Speak up for Patient Safety programme equips staff with assertiveness training so that they may challenge behaviour that may harm a patient in the moment that it occurs. It promotes a positive culture of safety in our hospitals. Thousands of staff have already been trained at our hospitals across Western Australia, which is our trial state as well as staff at Greenslopes Private Hospital. As we come to the end of another great year in Ramsay Health Care, I want to thank all our staff and doctors right across the Company for your dedication and commitment throughout the year. The Ramsay Way is what makes our Company great and it is our staff and doctors who are the essence of The Ramsay Way – people caring for people. I hope you have time to pause and celebrate with your family this holiday season. I look forward to a great 2017 with you. Danny Sims CEO, Ramsay Australia 2016 | 03 2 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 04 Michael Siddle notches up 50 years with Ramsay Ramsay Health Care Chairman Michael Siddle has notched up 50 years of service with Ramsay Health Care having started working with Ramsay’s founder, Paul Ramsay, in 1966. Serving as CEO and Deputy Chairman of the healthcare company before becoming Chairman in 2014 after Paul’s passing, Michael has seen many changes in his 50 years with the Company. “Paul started with his first hospital in 1964, and from there it grew, as we opened several psychiatric facilities and our first medical surgical hospital in Coffs Harbour in 1978,” he said. “We remained a small company until the mid nineties when the purchase of the two former repatriation hospitals in Perth and Brisbane, changed our business forever, and was the precursor to floating on the stock exchange in 1997.” Today, Ramsay Health Care is ranked in the top five private hospital companies in the world and, as Chairman, Michael has overseen the Board’s transition of focus from the Australian-based operations to global ones. “We are a global company but we don’t forget the people who made us – people who are still with us today. I am very proud of the fact that each year when I look at the list of managers who have served with this company for more than 10 years, 20 years and more, that this list just gets longer. Our Company is our people and I am very pleased that our people choose to stay with Ramsay Health Care.” Michael’s 50 years of service was recognised recently at the Australian managers’ conference. Danny Sims elected new industry President Ramsay Health Care Australian CEO Danny Sims has been elected President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and has committed to being a strong advocate for the private hospital industry and advancing the role of the Association on behalf of its diverse membership group. Danny was elected unopposed as President in November, after serving two years as Vice President. He said he would work with colleagues from across the sector including day surgeries and mental health, rehabilitation and medical/surgical hospitals, to advance, broaden and strengthen the voice of private hospitals. “I am confident in the current direction of the Association which is doing an excellent job in representing the industry and look forward to working with Michael and the Board in continuing this momentum. “There are many items currently on the agenda with government and stakeholders, like the private health insurance review currently underway. We need to be able to shape potential policy settings that arise from this and other reviews such that they are beneficial to the private hospital industry and our patients. Hopefully, we can get positive outcomes from these review processes,” Danny said. Danny has been an APHA Board member since 2007 and has served as Vice President of the APHA since 2014. RAMSAY COMMENCES NATIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS PROGRAMME Ramsay Health Care has commenced a national programme to build its capacity to undertake clinical trials. Although some hospitals are already participating in clinical trials, it has not been a coordinated programme and the Company is now looking to improve how it can support all sites to undertake clinical trials more effectively. Clinical trials are research investigations operating under strict protocols and ethics approval, in which people volunteer to test new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. Ramsay’s National Clinical Trials Programme will initially focus on oncology/haematology clinical trials given the large demands in this area. Ramsay’s Strategic Medical Advisor Professor John Horvath said clinical trials provided more treatment options and would improve outcomes for patients. “Evidence is clear that hospitals which undertake clinical trial research investigations achieve better outcomes, whether patients are participating in a trial or not,” Professor Horvath said. Ramsay Health Care has engaged the services of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF), based at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane, to assist with the rollout of the national programme. The GMRF, established in 2005, undertakes an extensive number of clinical trials with 5 dedicated CTCs and a recently appointed clinical trials unit manager – Dr Suzanne Elliott who has spent 13 years managing a Phase I unit speicalising in regulatory affairs and ethics. Suzanne is a PHD in molecular oncology and has qualifications in drug development.
The Ramsay Way - 2016 Christmas Edition
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