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New appointments signal Waikato DHB’s commitment to rural health services

Te Kuiti and surrounding countryside

Three new appointments will give Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Taumarunui hospitals and community teams a single management structure across the southern part of Waikato District Health Board. It will allow all sites to work more closely together and to standardise systems and processes.

Joanne Knight is the new manager and Nora Creigh-Smith is the administration manager for all three south rural hospitals and community health teams. They have been working in similar roles for several years now across two sites (Tokoroa and Taumarunui) and this appointment broadens that arrangement to Te Kuiti Hospital and community team as well.

“They both have extensive experience in management and delivery of rural health services,” said group manager Rural and Community Jill Dibble.

The appointments follow long-serving Te Kuiti Hospital manager Thia Priestly leaving that role earlier this year.

In addition Shirley Hopping has been appointed as charge midwife manager for the three south rural sites.

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