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March 23, 2017

DHB places temporary manager in Granger House

The West Coast DHB has appointed a Temporary Manager at Greymouth's Granger House (incorporating Richard Seddon Hospital) aged residential care facility.

Carolyn Gullery, General Manager, Planning, Funding & Decision Support for Canterbury and West Coast DHBs says the Temporary Manager, Mary Pecekajus, has started this week.

"Mary is a registered nurse with expertise in aged residential care facility management. She has been appointed to lead and support improvements at the Kiwiannia Care Ltd aged residential care service to address some issues around care of residents and management of the facility," Ms Gullery says.

The Temporary Manager's role is to work with and assist the owner of Kiwiannia Care Ltd and the DHB as the funder of services, to understand the areas of good service quality and also to identify and act on the areas that require improvement.  The DHB will be monitoring and supporting this quality improvement process as required. 

"Mary knows what is required to ensure quality care of frail elderly people in residential services. She understands HealthCERT and what is needed to rectify the high risk findings identified in the recent audit."

There are no anticipated changes to usual routines and visiting for residents and their families while the Temporary Manager is in place.  

Should residents or their families have any concerns or questions, they are able to contact Alison Young, Project Specialist, Planning and Funding, Canterbury DHB, phone 0800 778 226.

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