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Murray Loewenthal awarded for his service to Waitomo health

Murray being presented the award by Waikato DHB board member Dave Macpherson

Murray Loewenthal is Waitomo’s recipient of Waikato District Health Boards’ (DHB) Paul Keesing Award.

Murray was nominated by the DHB’s Waitomo Community Health Forum and received the award in July for his services to the health of his community, particularly in aged care.

Murray is passionate about governance and has been a chairman of many organisations and companies both in and out of the health sector.

He is the president of the Waikato ​Bay of Plenty ​Cancer Society, Chair of the Health Consumer Service Trust ​and secretary to Beattie Village in Otorohanga, and an active member and founder of the Waitomo Community Health Forum.

Murray is also the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society’s representative on the Cancer Society of New Zealand Board, and ensures the operations of the local divisions are in line with the national strategic direction.

More about the Paul Keesing Award

Paul Keesing was a well-respected colleague and senior planning manager at the DHB who passed away last year.

In his memory the Community Health Forum Chairpersons introduced the award as a way to acknowledge those individuals or services that go the extra mile.

Community Health Forum project manager, Bernadette Doube said: “The thinking behind this award is to celebrate local health heroes like Murray and recognise their important and vital contribution to the health of their community.

“Murray has been outstanding and is very humbled by the acknowledgement from the community.”

Community Health Forums are made up of local people representing specific geographical regions. They support and advise Waikato DHB about local health issues, activities and priorities for their community. They are also mechanisms for ensuring communities are kept involved in and informed of DHB activities and issues.

Visit the Community Health Forum website for more information.

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