Health News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Prof Hesse appointed acting CEO of Korle Bu

The Board of Directors of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has appointed Prof. A.J. Afua Hesse, the Director of Medical Affairs, as the acting Chief Executive Officer of the hospital.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Mustapha Salif said the authorities of the hospital had also appointed two personalities into key management positions in the hospital.

They are Mr Nuru-deen Mohammed, Director of Administration, and Mrs Cynthia Boateng, Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. The appoinyments took effcet from January 1, 2013.

Prof. Hesse, a Consultant Surgeon with the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), is a globally renowned academic leader in women and children’s health, and current President of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA), also known as the World Association of Women Doctors.

She is the second African woman to hold the position in 90 years, and also a past President of Pan African Paediatric Surgery Association (2006-2010).

She has been involved in several health development processes, honoured by several appointments and elected into various positions in her over-three-decades medical career.

These include: President, Society of Ghana Women Medical and Dental Practitioners, 1990-1995; Vice-President of Medical Women’s International Association 1998-2001; Co-chairperson and the then Regional Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary African Women’s Health Network (MAWHN) 1997-2004; and first female to have ever served as Honorary Secretary in the history of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).

She has been a lead consultant in surgeries to separate Siamese twins joined together either at the abdomen, sternum, or the hip for about two decades.

She has been a facilitator and resource person for many continuing professional development programmes in surgery, management and various aspects of health administration.

She has over 30 peer reviewed publications and contributions to 15 book chapters to her credit.

She has written and contributed chapters to several important publications on: Paediatric Surgery, a WHO manual for healthcare providers; an official Ghana Ministry of Health Manual for Frontline Clinicians; Trauma issues covering Wound Management, Rape and Sexual Assault; Gynaecology in the Tropics; Breast Cancer; Reproductive Health; Medical Aspects of Violence Against Women; Manual for Training Health Personnel on Handling Survivors of Domestic Violence; Education of the Girl Child, and many more.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; West African College of Surgeons; and the Ghana College of Surgeons. She also has qualifications in Health Management, Administration, Policy and Planning.

The New Director of Administration, Mr Mohammed, also assumed duty in January, 2013.

He is a Project Manager and Operations Coordinator with extensive knowledge and experience in project management, financial reporting, marketing, forecasting and budgeting functions with several international working experiences.

Before his appointment, he was the Project Manager of eClinical Works at Westborough, USA for three years where he ensured the implementation and electronic interface of electronic medical records systems.

Mr Mohammed is an expert in Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) and Computerised Physician Order Entry (CPOE). Over the past three years, he has helped more than 62 hospitals improve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, and patient-centredness of care.

The Special Assistant to the acting Chief Executive of the Hospital, Mrs Boateng, was the Administrator of the Emergency Medicine Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).

She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy Planning and Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Service Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Political Science, all obtained from the University of Ghana, Legon.