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Metro South Hospital and Health Service (HHS) has appointed Dr Stephen Ayre as its new Chief Executive.
Dr Ayre was selected for the position after an extensive recruitment search over several months.
Metro South HHS comprises Princess Alexandra, QEII, Redland, Logan and Beaudesert hospitals as well as a range of other public healthcare facilities and services—employing approximately 11,000 staff, with an annual budget of more than $2 billion.
Chair of the Metro South Hospital and Health Board, Terry White AO, said he was extremely pleased with the appointment of Dr Ayre, who has extensive experience in both health sector leadership and clinical practice.
“Dr Ayre is one of the state’s most experienced clinicians and clinical administrators, and I am confident his leadership will ensure our organisation continues to remain at the forefront of health care, teaching and research,” Mr White said.
“I am delighted to have someone of Dr Ayre’s calibre as Chief Executive, and look forward to working closely with him as we focus on providing high quality, innovative care for our patients and our community.”
Dr Ayre moves from his role as the Executive Director of Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Jubilee Hospital. He was at the helm at PAH when it successfully transitioned to become Australia’s first public digital hospital—with a fully electronic medical record system—in November 2015.
Dr Ayre’s previous appointments have included Deputy Director of Medical Services at Royal Brisbane Hospital, Executive Director of Medical Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, and CEO of Launceston General Hospital.
He is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School, has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Prior to his successful career as a medical administrator, Dr Ayre worked as a general practitioner at the Sunshine Coast and as a medical officer in a number of Queensland hospitals.