Keith & District Hospital working towards new funding model

CHANGES: Chair of the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service Grant King and CEO Ngaire Buchanan.
CHANGES: Chair of the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service Grant King and CEO Ngaire Buchanan.

The new Limestone Coast Local Health Network became one of six regional networks around the state replacing the former SA Country Health Local Health Network on July 1.

The new governing board will be led by Grant King, chair of the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service, and CEO Ngaire Buchanan, who directed the old network's South East division.

The transition introduces new regulations which allow regional health services to access decision making, closer to where care is provided.

With the recent news, Keith and District Hospital are still steadily working towards their own new funding model which should be implemented in the coming months.

Newly appointed Keith and District Hospital chair Warren Ingerson and the rest of the board have been working tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for the hospital.

Speaking to the Border Chronicle on May 28, Mr Ingerson said he was looking forward to building a sustainable working relationship with the newly formed South East Local Health Network (SELHN) chaired by Mr King.

He also said he has had some fruitful discussions with Mr King, indicating he is motivated to develop a sustainable working model for the hospital.

"Mr King has indicated that he is looking forward to working with the hospital board to develop a sustainable working model that will provide the community with first class health and medical services into the future," Mr Ingerson said.

Although the hospital has faced some challenges in the past, the new look board is confident the transition will put them in the right direction.

"The Keith and District Hospital for a number of years has experienced some significant challenges," Mr Ingerson said.

"I am confident that the independent review of the hospital that was initiated by the Marshall Government will provide the hospital with a workable funding model.

"We are confident that the new model will allow the staff and associated doctors to provide first class medical and health services to the Keith and surrounding community."