ACCOUNTANT Peter Rushen, who has lived in Corner Inlet full time for the last 10 years plus a further 18 years part time before that, has been appointed as South Gippsland Hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer, filling the vacancy left by Ward Steet at the end of 2010.
Peter commenced work at the hospital last Monday, having been selected from a shortlist of six that had been whittled down from an initial field of more than 30 candidates.
Perhaps most widely known in the area as the former owner (with his wife Liz) of Waratah Hills Vineyard at Fish Creek, Peter has done an eight-year stint as a Board member of South Gippsland Hospital, giving him a unique insight to the organisation including its financial policies, procedures and overall operations.
Peter has also worked in businesses in Foster and Leongatha as an accountant, and in Melbourne in a variety of areas where leadership and innovative change were required.
In the medical field, he had four years experience from 1996 to 2000 as the Director of Corporate Services for the Dental Health Service where cultural change was required in order to move to a productivity-driven business performance approach.
The majority of Peter’s career occurred in the oil industry in Australia and overseas where he held senior roles in Human resources, Financial Control and Business Development.
In terms of qualifications, Peter is a Certified Practicing Account and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
In local community life, Peter is a member of Foster Amateur Music and Drama Association and has been a past member of Fish Creek Landcare Committee.
Having lived variously at Stony Creek, Fish Creek and Foster, Peter feels that he understands how committed the community is to its hospital and how important the hospital is in turn to the community.
“By combining my skills with those of Janis Scarlett who was recently appointed as Director of Nursing, I think the prime message is that the hospital is in safe hands,” Peter stated.