New executive officer of the Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean Maclean District Hospital, Dan Madden.
New executive officer of the Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean Maclean District Hospital, Dan Madden.

Bigger base for hospital chief

THE new executive officer for Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital, Dan Madden, is coming to the district at an exciting time.

Mr Madden was at last week’s turning of the first sod for the GBH’s $19.7 million upgrade of the emergency department and operating theatre and gathered a sense of the excitement in the hospital at the ceremony.

“There were a lot of words spoken about the project that showed how excited everyone was about the project starting,” he said.

The project, which will turn GBH into a building site while it still functions as a fully-functional hospital, poses plenty of challenges for the new boss and his staff.

“There’s a lot of logistical planning that has gone into making it all work over the next year or more,” Mr Madden said.

“There’s going to be times when things, like the electricity are going to be interrupted, and we have to work around that.”

Mr Madden comes to the top job from Lismore Base Hospital, where he has been the executive officer for the past six years.

Prior to that he had been in New Zealand for eight years working in director of nursing and general managership positions.

He rose to managerial roles through the nursing ranks, beginning his training at Concord Hospital in 1982.

In addition to the new facilities at GBH, Mr Madden will also oversee some exciting developments at Maclean Hospital.

“There’s going to be an expansion of the ED (emergency department) at Maclean,” he said.

Mr Madden has taken the reins from the acting executive officer of the past 18 months, Beryl Jordan.

Ms Jordan will leave to take up a position at Lismore soon.

Although Mr Madden and his wife, Joanne, plan to move to the Clarence, the shift is on hold while his son, Jordan, completes his HSC this year.

The couple and their six-year-old daughter, Alana, will move here in 2011.



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