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Health chief leaves

TRACEY Wilson last Friday worked her final day as chief executive officer with Inglewood and Districts Health Service.

Confirming her departure to the Loddon Herald yesterday, Tracey thanked “the incredible team at IDHS” for their achievements with the health service and in the community.

“Particularly during the past year or so keeping our residents, staff and community safe ... they just did it. They really stepped up to the plate,” she said.

Tracey relocated to the Loddon in 2017 to take up the CEO position and has been active in local community organisations.

“My passion is to add value to communities,” Tracey said.

“I will miss the Inglewood and Wedderburn communities.

“I’ll take a week or two to catch the breath ... it’s time to go back to family.”

Board chair Michael Oerlemans later said in a statement to the Loddon Herald said: “The health service and board would like to acknowledge Tracey’s many achievements during her tenure at IDHS.

“These have included the establishment of strong partnerships to secure the future sustainability for IDHS; successful accreditation; significant improvement in IDHS financial position; improvements in the culture of IDHS and re-engagement of the community to name a few.

“Tracey intends to return to Ballarat to be closer to family and to take up the next opportunity. The board wishes her well,” he said.

Mr Oerlemans said Dallas Coghill was in the position of acting CEO and “is doing a great job”.

“We will be seeking the support of Department of Health to provide an interim CEO to ensure we are able to continue to deliver a high quality service to the communities of the Loddon shire, as we go through a recruitment process in the coming months.

In yesterday’s statement, Mr Oerlemans said: “Mrs. Tracey Wilson has tendered her resignation from Inglewood and Districts Health Service today, effective last Friday.”

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