After nearly five years at the helm of the Rodney Surgical Centre, Marianne Davidson-Beker has stepped down as chief executive officer to return to her hometown of Christchurch.
Her replacement is Zaneta Schumann, who has considerable experience in leadership roles in private, not-for-profit and public sector organisations.
Davidson-Beker says she is proud to have been part of the growth of the centre and to be leaving it on a sound financial footing.
However, she feels especially proud of the fact that she was able to secure an endoscopy contract with Waitemata District Health Board during her tenure. As a result, 460 endoscopies were performed in Warkworth in the 12 months to June 30 last year.
“This is a really great outcome for the public,” she says. “When the upcoming health reforms take effect, one goal is for more procedures to be done closer to home. I hope this continues to grow.”
A contract that didn’t quite get over the line, due to the pandemic, was one with Auckland District Health Board for cataract and Avastin injections.
“We were so close to signing the documents in 2020, but then Covid hit. We’re hoping to revisit this contract, as there is huge demand and the centre could make a real impact on the hospital backlogs.”
Davidson-Beker says the establishment of the Health Hub, by Coast to Coast Healthcare, on the ground floor of the centre has been a win-win for both facilities.
She also sees scope for the centre to further grow its engagement with the health sector through ‘wet leasing’. The centre has two operating theatres, as well as a procedure room, and wet leasing would see specialists using these facilities, but paid by a district health board.
Schumann comes to Rodney Surgical from NSOMS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons) where she was the chief operating officer. She has more than 20 years management experience mainly in the health sector, as well as a post graduate diploma in rehabilitation.
She has received leadership awards and is a distinguished alumna of Massey University’s MBA programme. Her work Tomorrow`s Power Today, published in the Harvard Business Review, has been shared widely. It discusses the need to lead by example and work in partnership with staff to drive cultural change for best employee engagement results.
She says she has a passion for the delivery of high-quality health services and exceptional patient experiences.
Schumann also shares her professional and innovative skills, capabilities and experience as a pro bono business mentor to local Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Rodney Surgical currently holds contracts with Waitemata, Auckland, Northland District Health Boards, as well as an elective surgery contract with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). It also has Southern Cross Affiliated Provider contracts for a range of services.