It is hard to explain in a word or a sentence why I have made my decision resign but I know in my heart it is time. I have been overwhelmed by the kind messages in emails, talks in the corridors or phone calls received from so many staff and Doctors since learning of my decision. Are you OK, is the hospital OK? I have felt truly valued and appreciated. This is why St Vincent’s is unique. Thank you.

I have 14 years of association with St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne.  I have had the privilege to serve 9 years this time with SVPHM and 5 years in the role of Regional CEO SVPHM. To some of you this is only just starting and as one of the senior cardiologist mentioned why are you leaving so early!!

There comes a time when fresh ideas and new blood is critical to deal with new challenges in this industry.  The vigour and enthusiasm that I would expect of myself and my team needs to be 100%++. Sometimes I think I care too much and become so self-absorbed in the hospital and mission that other matters are not attended to.  A new leader will see the challenges as exciting opportunities.

Recently, one of our highly regarded Cardiologists Dr Uwais Mohamad reminded me of “The five balls in the air” by Brian Dyson, former CEO of Coca Cola, back in 1996.

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit /faith … and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.”

My time at St Vincent’s has been transformational for me. I have witnessed the values in action by staff, the love and striving to see beyond ourselves and a much deeper spiritual connection.

There is also uncertainty of the unknown but I feel I must move on for the benefit of myself and the organisation. There are many challenges with private health and healthcare but I am confident that St Vincent’s leadership and Doctors will navigate through to calmer waters with the enormous loyalty and support of so many. I will be cheering from the sidelines.

I am very proud of the Hospital team’s many achievements over the journey and will look back with pride of the achievement of providing holistic care to our patients and safety for our staff and Doctors. Most importantly it is the relationships and connection and making a difference to others.

I again thank all staff, doctors and my senior leadership team for their support and privilege to lead this organisation.

I will dearly miss this unique caring culture, colleagues and friends.

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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How to strive for balance in your life by Brian G. Dyson: 

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be pave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.