Health chief ends a long haul
TRIBUTES flowed yesterday afternoon as Ipswich Hospital staff farewelled their "good leader", West Moreton Health Service District chief executive Pam Lane.
Ms Lane has made many friends in more than 18 years at the hospital.
Nurse unit manager Madonna Britton, who inducted Ms Lane into the hospital in 1993, said the retiring CEO was compassionate and a great listener.
"I think she's done a lot for nursing and the district," Ms Britton said.
"She's open to ideas and suggestions, and promotes change for the better."
Workmate Judy Blinco echoed her comments.
"Pam knows everyone by name and is always very fair," she said.
Ms Lane said she would travel, first to Italy and London, then return to Ipswich to renovate her home.
"It's the right time to retire," she said.
"I've learnt a lot. It's a nice place to work.
"Eighteen years doesn't quite seem real.
"It's all been good. The flood was memorable."
Hospital staff have jokingly named the large crane that hovers above current building work after their departing chief executive.
"I think that's fun. I will keep a watching eye on them," Ms Lane said.
Her nursing career began in 1966 at the Toowoomba Base Hospital and she went on to work as a midwife for 20 years.
Member for Ipswich Ian Berry said Ms Lane had been a great leader of people.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Pam for over 10 years on both a personal and professional basis," Mr Berry said.
"I wish Pam well in her retirement and upcoming travels and am greatly encouraged that she will remain actively involved in local healthcare following her appointment to the West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local Board.
"She has been a senior leader in Queensland Health during many changes and challenges."
Interviews are under way to find Ms Lane's successor for the chief executive role.