Bendigo Health President Bob Cameron Steps Down, Ushering In A New Era Under Dr. Ewa Piejko | Bendigo Advertiser


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BOB CAMERON, the president of Bendigo Health, left his post at the hospital today, after almost seven years at the helm of the health centre. Mr Cameron will be replaced by Bendigo GP Dr Ewa Piejko. Despite ongoing pandemic challenges and the construction of a new hospital, Mr Cameron said the time had come to step down from his leadership role. “We’ve had a fabulous time at Bendigo Health,” he said, “it’s been a huge transition and it’s great to be part of the fabulous team.” “There are always challenges in the healthcare system, but of course COVID was a big challenge, as well as finishing and moving to a new hospital.” OTHER NEWS: Budget $250 cost of living payments are starting to roll out, who is eligible? Mr Cameron said the pandemic was a big disruption to the healthcare community, but praised Bendigo Health for its work advocating for vaccination. “The system wasn’t in place at first,” he said, “but Bendigo Health was there to make sure 99% of people were vaccinated, which was a good thing.” “Bendigo Health is doing extremely well, we have seen a great expansion in service and staff.” Naturally, the president said, with that in mind, now seemed like a good time to step down. “And it’s just good governance to change stints when organizations are doing well,” Mr Cameron said. “Especially when there is someone as capable as Ewa Piejko available. This will serve Bendigo Health very well.” Bendigo GP and former Murray Primary Health Network medical adviser Dr Piejko said she was confident she had the experience to back the lead role. “One of the great advantages [I bring to this role is] I understand our rural communities,” she said, “I’ve been there, for local practices and services. “So I understand the environment they work in and what our role is as a department to help improve their work.” Read more: Modern pop art takes over historic Dudley House for an exhibition The Dr Piejko said she was delighted to lead the regional hospital. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of a really good team,” she said. “We continue to grow as a organization and we have more sufferers, so we need to be able to meet their needs and provide different models of care. She is particularly committed to meeting the needs of the Royal Commission on the Care of the Aged and the Royal Commission on Mental Health. “These are things we have to tackle,” she said. “Our plan is to continue to work with our communities and collaborate and continue to provide excellent care.” Mr. Cameron will remain on Bendigo Health’s board of directors and chair the construction committee. “I love building,” he said, “and we’re renovating the old hospital, so I’m really looking forward to it.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:




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