HARD DECISION: Professor Paul Thomas will step down as Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board chair on May 17.
HARD DECISION: Professor Paul Thomas will step down as Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board chair on May 17. John McCutcheon

Health board’s first chairman stands down

SUNSHINE Coast Hospital and Health Board (SCHHB) chair Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas AM has confirmed he will step down from his role at the end of his current term on May 17.

The inaugural chair and founding vice-chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor Thomas said it was an honour to be appointed to the role back in 2012.

"To have had the opportunity to engage and serve the Sunshine Coast community in these two important roles is something that I have valued and been fully committed to," he said.

"I am now at a stage where I need to focus on other, more personal aspects of my life."

Professor Thomas stated that it was these personal commitments that spurred the very hard decision to retire from chair but he said he was proud of the time he did spend in the role.

"I look back on the four years that the board has been in place with immense pride and satisfaction for what has been achieved, with the board providing active governance through an exciting and challenging period of the hospital and health service's development," he said.

Professor Thomas said he was upset that he wouldn't be in his role as the new university hospital was unveiled although he assured that he would still keep up to date with everything happening in Sunshine Coast hospitals and health.

"My major regret is that I will not be the chair through to the new university hospital opening," he said.

"However, that regret is mitigated by my knowledge of and complete confidence in the board and the executive leadership team of the hospital and health service to ensure the safe opening of the new hospital.

"I will continue to maintain an active interest in the hospital and health service and thank all of the staff for the amazing work they do."


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