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Health Care    MERGED CATHOLIC HOSPITAL NAMES CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Melbourne's St Vincents & Mercy Private Hospital has appointed a senior administrator with extensive experience in the health care sector throughout Australia.
    The hospital's board has named Dr Peter Leslie as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr Leslie has been Acting Chief Executive Officer at the hospital on secondment from St John of God Health Care Inc since early July.
    The Chairman of St Vincents & Mercy Private Hospital Board, Mr Tom O'Brien, said Dr Leslie's wide experience in the health industry and leadership skills would be invaluable in meeting the challenge to take the hospital into the future.
    "He brings to the task the personal qualities and values necessary to continue the development of the hospital and integrate the cultures and traditions of its campuses at Fitzroy and East Melbourne," Mr O'Brien said. "He will play a key role in extending the mission and vision of the Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of Charity and achieving a pre-eminent place for the hospital as an inspirational leader in Catholic private health care in Australia."
    The two campuses merged in July, 1998, to become St Vincents & Mercy Private Hospital - a 430 bed facility providing acute surgical and medical care, intensive care and obstetrics. It is the first time in the history of Catholic health care in Australia that two different religious orders have jointly managed a private hospital.
   
St Vincent's & Mercy
   
11 Oct 00



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