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Groote Schuur Hospital CEO retires

Groote Schuur Hospital CEO Dr Bhavna Patel retired this week after starting work at the facility as a public health registrar 23 years ago, leaving a legacy of leadership excellence and numerous milestones in her wake.

Patel served in a number of senior management positions at the hospital, and was appointed CEO in 2013, helping it to become a world-class facility over the past 10 years, reports IOL.

Hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs said Patel had been pivotal in leading the hospital through a period of growth, innovation and challenges, like the Covid-19 pandemic, where Groote Schuur was a beacon of hope for many patients.

“She was also instrumental in building many lasting relationships with donors, the private health sector, the hospital board and other stakeholders, who will continue to support the hospital’s future strategic goals.”

Patel had also initiated a leadership development programme for Groote Schuur’s management team that had grown from strength to strength.

“This investment in leadership will ensure she leaves a lasting legacy. Throughout her career, she also achieved seven degrees and graduated with her PhD in Leadership in 2022.”

With her team of managers and health professionals, Patel had also spearheaded many legacy projects and operations improvements, which included the opening of the Neonatal Unit in 2015, the new hospital entrance in 2021, and the Adolescents Unit in 2022.

Patel said she was leaving with many fond memories.

“I believe I leave our hospital well-positioned to overcome any challenges and face the many opportunities to remain a national and international leader in healthcare,” she said.

Head of Department for the Western Cape Department of Health & Wellness Dr Keith Cloete said Patel had served the people of the Western Cape and beyond with distinction as CEO, and as part of the senior management team of the department.

“Groote Schuur Hospital has achieved many remarkable milestones in the delivery of high-quality, world-class healthcare services during her tenure. She leaves a legacy of excellence in public service and is widely respected for her invaluable contribution on many fronts in the Department.”


IOL article – Dr Bhavna Patel bids farewell to Groote Schuur Hospital after 23 years (Open access)


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