Southern Cross Health Society has appointed Justin Vaughan to the role of Head of Clinical Operations.
The not-for-profit Society is New Zealand’s largest health insurer with 830,000 members.
Previously CEO of New Zealand Cricket, Dr Vaughan is a qualified medical practitioner, graduating through Auckland Medical School in 1991. Prior to joining NZ Cricket Justin held a number of key leadership roles in the healthcare sector, including CEO of BrainZ, an Auckland based medical technology company, Integration Manager of MercyAscot Hospital overseeing the merger of Ascot and Mercy Hospitals, leading PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health consulting practice in New Zealand, as well as significant experience in the global pharmaceutical industry.
In 2008 he was selected as one of the six Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leaders, recognising his leadership capability and future potential.
Justin will be a key member of the Health Society leadership team. His role will include a focus on developing the Society’s Affiliated Provider programme and fostering relationships with medical specialists and healthcare facilities across the country. Other key responsibilities include overseeing the underwriting and clinical assessment functions within the Society.
“As a qualified doctor and former CEO, Dr Vaughan brings to the table a very strong understanding of both the business world and the New Zealand healthcare environment,” said Southern Cross Health Society Chief Executive, Peter Tynan.
“His contracting experience, leadership skills and medical background will add significant value to the Society’s efforts to get the best possible value for money in healthcare for all New Zealanders.”
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The Southern Cross Affiliated Provider programme includes surgeons, specialists and facilities who provide certain procedures at agreed prices, and who streamline the prior approval and claims processes for members.