‘‘My primary focus is developing the team at the hospital to provide a five star level of service.’’
That’s part of new facility nurse manager Aschleigh Perring’s vision for Finley Hospital.
Mr Perring, 43, moved to Finley in April from Miles in Queensland where he was a hospital facility manager, and has already established himself as a leader at the local hospital.
‘‘Miles Hospital also had an aged care facility and outreach clinics,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a big rural facility which had operating theatres and emergency rooms; bigger than Finley but more rural.
‘‘We went through an extensive drought in Miles. The seven years I was there it didn’t rain.
‘‘I love the snow and Finley is a lot closer to the slopes like Hotham and Buller, so now I can go off on the weekends.
‘‘It was easier to fly to Queenstown (New Zealand) from Brisbane than come down to the fields in Victoria.’’
Mr Perring has an extensive background in hospital management in a rural setting, with credentials in emergency and pediatric emergency, and experience in aged care management.
‘‘The bonus of coming to Finley is I know the aged care system incredibly well,’’ Mr Perring said.
‘‘If people are looking at transitioning into permanent care or transition into respite, I know the system backwards so we can actually expedite what is happening.
‘‘I can give families a huge amount of support about the difficult decisions they have to make.
‘‘I’ll also give them an understanding of the documentation that needs to be completed and I can advise them who to talk to.’’
Even with his years of experience in the public health system, Mr Perring said he’s had to adjust to an ‘‘incredibly different’’ system.
‘‘Queensland is a paper based system, whereas New South Wales is a 100 per cent digital system, so I’ve had to learn the new system pretty much overnight.
‘‘My main focus is in the development of a contemporary model of care that will partner with the medical practice, aged care facility and all allied health providers so we can provide a service that meets the needs of the population, especially an ageing population.
‘‘Finley Hospital will be consistently building a five star level of service for not only our patients but also their families, and that promotes wellness within the community.’’
In the time he’s been in Finely, Mr Perring said he’s discovered ‘‘it’s a very open community’’.
‘‘The first thing I noticed was the temperature because there hasn’t been a day over 20 degrees since I arrived; I’m really not missing the heat.
‘‘Everyone I’ve met in Finley is super friendly.
‘‘One of the greatest strengths of this hospital is the medical staff who have made my transition seamless.
‘‘They’re very engaged about progressing the service and building the contemporary model.
‘‘The community is quite willing to engage with me and provide their thoughts on the type of service they want to see.’’
Mr Perring said his family would be moving to Finley from Queensland in a few months.’’