Barwon Health CEO intends to resign

Monday, 10 December 2018.

The Barwon Health Board has learnt of Professor Ruth Salom’s intention to resign from her position as CEO.

Whilst the Board has not yet been formally advised, it is now clear on her intentions and next steps.

Professor Salom has been on leave for the past week, and as is customary when the CEO is not present, the Chief Financial Officer, Cobus Lotheringen is acting CEO. Cobus has a long history in the health sector and has helped turn around Barwon Health’s financial position, working closely with all staff.

The Board has faith in the ability of the strong Executive team, with the strength of all Barwon Health staff who work daily to deliver best care, to lead the organisation and provide stability at this important time.

Barwon Health values diversity in the workforce. With close to 70 per cent of our workforce being female, the Board has a balance of female to male members and in our senior Executive team, females outnumber males. 

Barwon Health is progressively updating older areas of the hospital building, a program which has been underway for the past five years. Some of the major capital projects to improve our facilities in recent years have included the $84M Baxter tower completed in 2015, Maternity Hub redevelopment, Surgical Hub redevelopment, BMI upgrade and the Andrew Love Cancer Centre redevelopment, to name a few. Our pathology service has an embedded Lamson tube system, effectively making it an onsite pathology service.

The Board is confident in the ability of the organisation to rise to the challenge and continue to deliver safe, quality, patient focused care and that Barwon Health has a bright future.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.