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Southern Cross Healthcare welcomes new executive leaders

Southern Cross Healthcare has made two new appointments to further strengthen its executive team.

Dr Manoj Patel will join in the role of Chief Transformation Officer, while David Simpson will take up the role of Strategic Adviser to the CEO.

As Chief Transformation Officer, Dr Patel will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing Southern Cross’ entry into providing ‘value-based’ care.

Dr Patel trained and worked as a doctor before extending his career into commercial and clinical service delivery roles both at home and abroad. He will join Southern Cross from Healthcare Holdings Limited where he has been Director of Medical Services, MercyAscot Private Hospitals and Director of Clinical Innovation.

As Strategic Advisor to the CEO Mr Simpson will be responsible for providing external industry insights, experience and strategic advice to assist the CEO and broader executive team.

With a wide-ranging health sector background in highly complex and commercial organisations, Mr Simpson joins Southern Cross from Accenture where he was Head of New Zealand Healthcare Practice.

Southern Cross Healthcare Interim CEO Chris White says the skills and expertise the new appointees bring make them ideal choices for helping to deliver a private healthcare model that is more innovative and offers superior value care.

“These two new roles will bring additional capabilities and experience from the broader healthcare sectors here and overseas – particularly in value-based care. Both Manoj and David are highly regarded leaders and experts in their respective fields and we are delighted to have them join our executive leadership team.”

Simpson will begin his new role in February 2022, while Dr Patel will join the business in April.


For further queries

Please contact Sherryl Arneil, Head of Communications & PR, Southern Cross

Sherryl.arneil@southerncross.co.nz, 021 368 092


About Southern Cross Healthcare

Southern Cross Healthcare (previously Southern Cross Hospitals) is the largest independent private healthcare network in the country. In the 2021 financial year, we provided elective surgery, high-end diagnostics and cancer treatment to almost 100,000 patients at our wholly owned or joint venture hospitals and medical facilities. In addition, rehabilitation, community-based physiotherapy, mental health and corporate wellness services are provided to New Zealanders. Southern Cross Healthcare and its joint ventures extends their services to insurance-funded, ACC, DHB and self-paying patients.

In 2019, patient feedback systems were advanced through adoption of a proven online survey platform, delivering patient feedback in ‘real time’. The results following this switch continue to position the organisation as among the best performers in Australasia in relation to patient satisfaction. Over nine out of 10 patients recently surveyed said they are ‘extremely likely’ to recommend us to friends and family.

Southern Cross is a group of independent businesses united by a shared brand with an interest in the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. With a range of products and services and a not-for-profit ethos, Southern Cross is New Zealand’s leading independent provider and funder of healthcare.