The Coffs Coast Advocate

New boss is familiar to many

A POET once wrote: 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss'.

The adage holds significant meaning for Baringa Private Hospital, considering its new chief executive officer, Elizabeth Ruthnam, has actually been 'sharing' the CEO role with Greg Jenke for a number of years, gaining valuable knowledge and expertise on the operation of a busy private hospital.

“We've been working closely for years, sharing operational management, and now I've taken up where he's left off,” Ms Ruthnam said.

Ms Ruthnam is no stranger to Coffs Coast health services, after serving as nurse manager for the emergency department of the old district hospital and spending the past seven years as Director of Clinical Services at Baringa.

In her new role as CEO, Ms Ruthnam will oversee the day-to-day operational management of the hospital and be involved in the development of Baringa's business and strategic planning.

And she's hit the ground running, with Baringa currently undergoing renovations of its operating theatres to double the number the hospital has, and the instigation of a day infusion clinic which will treat patients with blood transfusions and intravenous medications.

“Once the clinic's up and running we hope to eventually include chemotherapy treatments as well,” Ms Ruthnam said.

Baringa is also at the cutting edge of research, especially in the field of rheumatoid arthritis. I've been told we have one of the best rheumatology practices in Australia and there have been huge breakthroughs in treatment.

“It's a terrible disease because it cripples people, even young people, but there's a new generation of drugs offering fabulous results and our rheumatologists are some of the best in the country.”

Ms Ruthnam has lived in Coffs Harbour for 22 years.

She takes up the position of chief executive officer from Greg Jenke, who held the position for 13 years before taking up a new appointment as CEO at John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast.

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