Hospital geared for global role

Big plans: Liverpool Hospital's new general manager Robynne Cooke. Picture: Natalie Roberts
Big plans: Liverpool Hospital's new general manager Robynne Cooke. Picture: Natalie Roberts

LIVERPOOL Hospital's new general manager Robynne Cooke says she has big plans for the facility, including going global.

"Liverpool has a great reputation in not only the state but also in Australia," she said.

"We have a great opportunity now to also promote ourselves internationally.

"Across the world people look towards Liverpool for the great care we provide and the research we are doing."

Ms Cooke was born in Melbourne and recently moved to Sydney to take up the role.

She has the advantage of living locally.

"I live in Elizabeth Hills, so it's only 10 to 15 minutes from work," she said.

"Everyone at Liverpool has been helpful. It is a new state [for me] and a new health system but I am slowly settling in."

Ms Cooke said that in the past six weeks she had focused on getting to know the facility and its patients.

"A close friend of mine once said 'you need to be in a job that makes your heart sing'," she said.

"And at this level I have the opportunity to walk up to patients in critical care . . . I get to play in lots of fields in health and bring it all together — it is very special."

Ms Cooke said leadership was about getting out and understanding the community.

"This role allows me to form a strategy that can position this hospital at a global level and I also am able to deal with the operational side of things," Ms Cooke said.

"The challenge for any general manager is to find a balance in those two domains.

"I am trying to be as visible as I can while still balancing the demands of the role."

Ms Cooke said Liverpool Hospital was the biggest hospital in the state.

"The good thing about Liverpool is that it started as a district hospital and now it has turned into a world-class facility," Ms Cooke said.

Ms Cooke has worked in the health industry since she was 17.

"I started my training as a nurse, then I worked as a nurse student manager for a number of years and slowly I transitioned myself into an executive role," she said.

"I think when I graduated I could see the opportunity to not only influence patient care in the ward area, but also to influence it at an organisational level and that is very important to me."


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