New director takes reins at hospital
WARWICK Hospital's newest staff member has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience across the Tasman with her.
Jane Waite has been appointed as the hospital's new director of nursing, replacing predecessor Janet Reid, who was acting in the role.
Ms Waite has developed a strong and impressive career in the health industry.
A registered midwife and nurse, she has previously worked in a hospital executive role in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"For the past 12 years, I have managed a large tertiary women's health facility in New Zealand, with 6000 births and 3000 gynaecology procedures annually," Ms Waite said.
"Prior to that, I managed a primary birthing unit in a rural area.
"I have experience in community nursing and midwifery, holding both nursing and midwifery qualifications and a postgraduate diploma in Public Health."
Ms Waite was welcomed to Warwick in August and spent her first two days at a rural planning day with her other Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service colleagues.
"My first two days were a great introduction to the hospital and the health service," Ms Waite said.
"I was humbled and impressed by my colleagues. I was able to listen to their thoughts and I look forward to having a hand in shaping the health services in Warwick into the future.
"I believe that our patients are at the centre of everything we do and that all staff, regardless of where they work, are our most precious resource.
"If we have happy, engaged staff, we have happy patients."
Ms Waite has moved to the Southern Downs with her husband and looks forward to spending more time with two of her children who live in Australia.
Ms Reid is now acting manager for Cluster Operation for Aged Care across the DDHHS.