Southern Cross Healthcare accelerates transformational change with new executive roles

Friday , 28 January 2022 by Alaina McGregor

Southern Cross Healthcare has made two new appointments to further strengthen its executive team.

Dr Manoj Patel will join in the role of Chief Transformation Officer, while David Simpson will take up the role of Strategic Adviser to the CEO.

As Chief Transformation Officer, Dr Patel will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing Southern Cross’ entry into providing ‘value-based’ care.

Dr Patel trained and worked as a doctor before extending his career into commercial and clinical service delivery roles both at home and abroad. He will join Southern Cross from Healthcare Holdings Limited where he has been Director of Medical Services, MercyAscot Private Hospitals and Director of Clinical Innovation.

As Strategic Advisor to the CEO Mr Simpson will be responsible for providing external industry insights, experience and strategic advice to assist the CEO and broader executive team.

With a wide-ranging health sector background in highly complex and commercial organisations, Mr Simpson joins Southern Cross from Accenture where he was Head of New Zealand Healthcare Practice.

Southern Cross Healthcare Interim CEO Chris White says the skills and expertise the new appointees bring make them ideal choices for helping to deliver a private healthcare model that is more innovative and offers superior value care.

“These two new roles will bring additional capabilities and experience from the broader healthcare sectors here and overseas – particularly in value-based care. Both Manoj and David are highly regarded leaders and experts in their respective fields and we are delighted to have them join our executive leadership team.”

Simpson will begin his new role in February, while Dr Patel will join the business in April.