Meet Dr Nkele Lesia, Baragwanath Hospital's new CEO with big plans

Meet Dr Nkele Lesia, Baragwanath Hospital's new CEO with big plans

- Dr. Nkele returns to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital after two year, as CEO

- She is the first permanent appointment after three years

- Dr. Nkele is bringing hope for the third largest hopsital in the world, which has serious resource constraints

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The struggling Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital has just recently appointed its first CEO in three years. Dr. Lesia is hailed to be the hospital’s saving grace, after the turmoil of the past year which involved worker strikes and inadequate service to patients, owing to poor administration

Dr. Lesia has taken up the position with grace, unperturbed at the thought of running one of the largest hospitals in the world. But this is not surprising has Dr Lesia has the expertise and experience to tackle the role. She was also a clinical manager at the hospital in 2007 until 2016, looking after the department of medicine, which Dr. Lesia says was the largest department. She then moved to Far East Rand Hospital in Ekurhuleni as CEO, learned Briefly.co.za.

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Dr. Lesia says her focus as she enters her new role, will be to build morale among workers at the hospital, encouraging the sense of fraternity and dedication that was lost during the turmoil of the past few years. She also hopes to combat the resource limitations of the facility.

“I think with a strong internal team and also the cooperation of the communities we serve, we can transform patients’ experience of care," she said to SAfm Sunrise.

As CEO, Dr Lesia will be responsible for 6000 employees and a budget of R3 billion, reports the African News Agency

Dr. Lesia has been a qualified medical doctor for over 30 years and obtained her degree from Medunsa, now known as Sefako Makgato Health Sciences University (formerly Medunsa).

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Meet Dr Nkele Lesia, Baragwanath Hospital's new CEO with big plans

Conditions at the hospital's trauma ward before Dr. Lesia's appointment
Source: Facebook

Hospital staff welcome her appointment as the previous CEO, Dr Sfiso Maseko was removed from his position after allegations of exploiting women and corruption.

Dr believes the hospital is located in a precarious position, in between Soweto and Diepkloof. She says working with medical facilities around the hospital is vital to improving the conditions at the hospital and forming these connections between facilities in the cluster will be a priority.

This will relieve overcrowding and in turn staff morale.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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