Business

Woman who oversaw St Stephen's Hospital changes wins award

UnitingCare Queensland chief executive officer Anne Cross has been named Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.
UnitingCare Queensland chief executive officer Anne Cross has been named Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. Contributed

THE woman who oversaw the opening and closure of St Stephen's Hospitals in Hervey Bay and Maryborough is the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

UnitingCare Queensland chief executive officer Anne Cross said the win, while being a great personal accolade, would hopefully help to profile the important role the not-for-profit sector played.

In 2012, she cemented a partnership with the Federal Government to build Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital at Hervey Bay, along the way extensively redesigning how clinicians and staff go about their work to deliver quality treatment for its patients.

The new $96 million St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay opened on October 13, the same day St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough closed its doors.

Ms Cross said she hoped her award, announced on Wedensday night, would attract even more high-achieving people to offer their skills and talent to valuable community-based organisations.

"The health and community services sector is a significant contributor to Australia's social and economic fabric," she said.

"UnitingCare Queensland is a significant business.

"As one of Queensland's largest employers, much of what we do is world class.

"Hopefully this award will highlight our role and importance in society."

Within a year of her appointment as CEO in 2003, Ms Cross used her business nous to lead the transformation process, consolidating more than 100 separate organisations into four service groups - Blue Care, UnitingCare Health, UnitingCare Community and Australian Regional and Remote Community Services.

Under the four umbrella groups, Ms Cross oversees 16,000 employees and 9000 volunteers across 400 locations.

Topics:  digital hospital, hervey bay, maryborough, st stephen's hospital, unitingcare




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Two-car crash on Beach Rd

Police fatal 5. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Emergency services were called to the crash about 2.15pm Tuesday.

Gymnastics to get new rooms

TRIO BALANCED: Jadyn Nash balances on top of Samarah Littlemore and Maddison Doran.

The building was more than 20 years old

10 tips for a long and strong marriage

After sixty-six years of marriage, Fay Wyeth says dating should never get old and it’s okay to admire the opposite sex as long as it’s nothing more.

10. Always have a sense of humour

Latest deals and offers

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Jay Leno in spectacular rollover

Car flips after wheelie stunt.

Jay Leno gets more than he expected when he rides along in a 2500 HP Barracuda.

John Oliver on Brexit

John Oliver tries to explain the Brexit result.

John Oliver explains the fallout from Brexit on Last Week Tonight.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%