BIG PLANS: Pulse CEO Phillipa Blakey and general manager Helen Chalmers.
BIG PLANS: Pulse CEO Phillipa Blakey and general manager Helen Chalmers. Tanya Easterby

Private hospital’s new growth phase

GYMPIE Private Hospital is strongly focused on major expansion plans over the next few years.

And the woman in the driver's seat, new Pulse Health chief executive Phillipa Blakey, called into Gympie this week to inspect the northern arm of the private hospital network she runs over a considerable area of Australia's east coast.

Ms Blakey says her three months at the helm of Pulse Health "seems like a long time, but in a good way".

Ms Blakey, who specialises in transforming organisations in ways that lead to sustained growth and employee engagement, oversees a medical complex of six private hospitals and community care operations, including the Eden Rehabilitation Centre in Cooroy, where she also announced significant expansion.

"We'll have 12 new beds at the Eden centre, an increase of 33%," she said yesterday.

Expansions at Gympie Private Hospital include a new operating theatre table, new theatre lights and new diagnostic and orthopedic equipment.

"New anesthetic trolleys are being delivered this month," hospital general manager and director of nursing, Helen Chalmers said.

Ms Blakey said her organisation also operated the South Burnett Private Hospital in Kingaroy, as well as other hospitals and a community care operation which let people be cared for in their own homes.

Gympie Times


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