Michele Smith Chief Executive Officer Michele Smith is a respected leader in the South Australian health sector with a proud track record of innovation in acute and aged care gained over a professional career spanning more than 30 years.

Adelaide born and raised, Michele completed her nursing studies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the late 1980s and worked as a registered nurse in private and public hospitals – including the Repatriation General Hospital, Stirling Hospital and Lameroo District Hospital – across both metropolitan and regional South Australia.

She moved into health administration and management some 15 years later, serving in various executive positions with the Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) and developing strong financial, staff and project management skills.

After initial periods as Executive Officer and Director of Nursing for Eastern Eyre Health and Aged Care and Chief Executive Officer for Mid-West Health and Aged Care Incorporated, she was appointed Regional Director, Eyre Far North in 2007, with responsibility for 11 hospitals, 10 aged care facilities, two medical centres and a range of community-based services over a vast area of some 200,000 square kilometres.

She was also the driver behind the introduction of a range of new services across the region, including elective surgery, renal dialysis, chemotherapy, residential aged care, community care packages and Aboriginal Health programs, and counts among her major achievements the successful $42m and $36m redevelopments of the Port Lincoln and Ceduna Hospitals respectively.

Her passion for health planning, innovation, quality and safety saw her lead Eyre Far North to the CHSALHN’s top performer in the 2016/17 financial year.
An Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers and an Australian Council on HealthCare Standards (ACHS) Surveyor, Michele looks forward to guiding NECH through an exciting new growth phase, where its patient-first philosophy and unique connection with the community will lie at the heart of a drive to entrench the organisation’s envied standing as a provider of healthcare excellence from birth to aged care.

The Generational Divide?

Published: 28/10/2015   Category: CEO Blog

I recently read yet another paper on workforce. However this one had a particular focus on attracting, retaining and developing the “Millennial Professionals”, those who entered the workforce from 2000.  There was the usual facts of Baby Boomers versus Generation X versus Generation Y (or “Millennials” in this case) and it got me to thinking […]

Back to the Future...

Published: 21/10/2015   Category: CEO Blog

So it is 21st October 2015. Just another day, right?  Wrong…! It is actually BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY! Yes, that’s right: 30 years ago this film hit our cinemas with a futuristic view of what 2015 would be like.  Sadly, the expected hover boards are still technically just skateboards, cars don’t fly and our shoes […]

Sleep study

Published: 15/10/2015   Category: CEO Blog

In July 2015, North Eastern Community Hospital partnered with Sleep SA – a private sleep centre – to offer a new service to our local community: the study and diagnosis of sleep disorders.  The service commenced operating 3 nights a week and in 2 months we have already seen our 100th patient. Accredited by the […]

Your local community hospital wants YOU!!!

Published: 30/09/2015   Category: CEO Blog

By being a volunteer at North Eastern Community Hospital you can make a real difference to the lives of our patients and residents. Being a volunteer enables you to share your skills and experience in a way that benefits others but also brings personal satifaction for enrichng their lives. We can find a role will […]

NECH - Not for profit... but all for the community!

Published: 23/09/2015   Category: CEO Blog

September 2015 has seen the launch of our new radio campaign for North Eastern Community Hospital airing on both #5AA and #Nova. We like to think that the ad captures the essence of what we stand for as well as a taste of the services we offer. There are presently 5 variations of adverts playing […]

North Eastern Community Hospital Nursery

Published: 08/09/2015   Category: CEO Blog

We are often asked by patients, families and supporters of the Hospital and Aged Care services how they can contribute or support us. There are always opportunities to help and no time like the present with us having recently launched our project to completely refurbish our baby nursery. We have chosen this project as it […]

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580 Lower North East Road Campbelltown SA 5074

Phone: (08) 8366 8111
Fax: (08) 8365 1139
Email: exec@nech.com.au

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Cnr Lennox Street & 580 Lower North East Road Campbelltown SA 5074

Phone: (08)8366 8111 Ext 338
Fax: (08) 8366 8260
Email: exec@nech.com.au

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