New Mater chief sees opportunities
IVAN Rasumussen foresees many challenges in his new role as executive officer of Mater Hospital and among them is dealing with aged cared in the Wide Bay region.
"Our organisation Mercy Health and Aged has a long-term history of providing aged care," he said
"There is definitely a need there because the demographics show that and the industry standards and stats show that."
Mr Rasumussen, 53, has had a varied career - including a stint as Burnett Shire deputy mayor and more recently as CEO of a firm in Rockhampton for three years - and believes this versatility will be useful in his new role.
"One thing that all the organisations have in common is people," he said.
"An ability to work with people and create a cohesive team is one of the skills I have
Mr Rasmussen, born and bred in Bundaberg, said it was nice to be back home.
"As a Bundy boy I am very excited and proud to be part of an organisation that has been serving the community for such a long time," he said.
"The next few years offer great opportunities for ongoing growth and development."
Mr Rasmussen said one of the areas for potential growth was greater co-operation between the private health sector and public.
"My understanding is that is already happening," he said.
"But any opportunities to assist in those areas and be cooperative is something we are very keen to see happen."