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Geraint Martin

A Heartfelt Thank You

Posted by Geraint Martin on 20 December 2013 |

As 2013 comes to a close, I am joined today by the new Chair of our Board, Dr Lee Mathias. Some of you may not yet have met Dr Mathias, but she is delighted to be appointed as Chair and to be joining the vibrant team at CM Health. Already, she has observed different and innovative approaches to healthcare provision and is looking forward to being part of that progress in 2014.

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The True Colours of Team Counties

Posted by Geraint Martin on 16 December 2013 |

One of the fun things I get to do as CEO is attend events, including the many blessings we have held recently for parts of the new Harley Gray Building (CSB) at Middlemore Hospital. During my tenure at CM Health, I’ve been to countless blessings but one I attended recently really stands out from the rest. I’m talking, of course, about the blessing for the new home of our Non Clinical Support Services staff.

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Farewell from Prof Gregor Coster, CMDHB Chair (outgoing)

Posted by Geraint Martin on 9 December 2013 |

I’m writing this blog on the departure of the current board, to say a few words on behalf of the board and myself, and to thank you, our staff, for the valuable contributions that you make.

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Leading Cause of Infant Death Preventable

Posted by Adrian Trenholme on 4 December 2013 |

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the biggest killer of infants in Counties Manukau every year. And yet we can prevent it.

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Acknowledging International Acclaim

Posted by Geraint Martin on 29 November 2013 |

Following on from my last blog, which outlined the many achievements we have made in regards to patient safety, I’m delighted to share some further successes with you today. I was interviewed by the New Zealand Herald recently which asked what I considered to be CM Health’s biggest innovation in the last few years and the effects this innovation has had on our organization. One of the joys of working in an organization which fosters innovation and is constantly seeking to improve is that there were many options for me to consider. There was, however, one initiative which stood out for me because of the clear and distinct difference it has made, particularly in helping address the issue of rising demand on our services. I’m speaking, of course, of the hugely successful 20,000 Days Campaign.

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There’s No Such Thing As Overnight Success

Posted by Geraint Martin on 26 November 2013 |

You may know that I’m a great fan of Jim Collins, particularly his book Good to Great. When he looked at what characterizes successful organisations, he observed that they rarely achieve overnight success. In actual fact, such organisations work hard over a long period of time in order to build up the momentum required for that leap to greatness. People may see an organisation taking off but that belies the huge amount of effort and hard work that has led up to that point.

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Great Reads

Posted by Geraint Martin on 21 November 2013 |

During the APAC Forum, I was asked by a number of people for a list of my recommended reading materials on leadership and management. For those who are interested, I’ve included that list below and would also direct you to this books list on the Ko Awatea website for some useful, and interesting, material.

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Introducing Phillip Balmer, Director Hospital Services

Posted by Phillip Balmer, Director Hospital Services on 14 November 2013 |

Cassandra was a Greek goddess who was blessed with the ability to predict the future but unable to get others to believe her predictions. In Greek mythology, she predicted the arrival of the Trojan horse and the ultimate destruction of Troy but could do nothing about it.

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Great to be Back

Posted by Geraint Martin on 12 November 2013 |

As always, it’s great to be back at CM Health and to know that the organisation has been in such good hands while I’ve been away. Thank you to everybody who has held the fort for me, both with my blog and my other work. I’d particularly like to thank ‘Ron Ball’ (our Deputy CEO and Director Corporate & Business Services, Ron Pearson) for his honest yet positive reflections on the treatment he received at MSC and Middlemore as an anonymous patient. As staff who commented on the post pointed out, it really was a great read.

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Being a High Profile, Low Key Patient: Ron Pearson

Posted by Geraint Martin on 1 November 2013 |

The CEO Blog will feature posts from guests while Geraint is away. Today we’re joined by Ron Pearson, Acting CEO and Director of Corporate and Business Services. Having worked at Counties Manukau Health for many years, Ron recently saw a very different side of the organization when he had his right hip replaced at the Manukau Surgery Centre (MSC). Four months on he talks about being a patient and the care he received.

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