Australia’s largest public pathology provider and world-class forensic service, NSW Health Pathology has a new Chief Executive, with the appointment of Vanessa Janissen to the role.
A former senior executive at the organisation, Ms Janissen brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in public and private health services.
“I am excited to be back at NSW Health Pathology and am particularly looking forward to guiding the organisation through its next stage of evolution, which will see us work closely with our leaders and highly skilled scientific and medical teams to continue to drive improved outcomes and experiences,” Ms Janissen said.
“Together we will be making the most of the advances in digital, science and technology for our customers, partners and community.”
Ms Janissen’s arrival follows the departure earlier this year of founding Chief Executive Tracey McCosker PSM, who was appointed Chief Executive at Hunter New England Local Health District.
“I would like to pay tribute to the 10 years of service former Chief Executive Tracey McCosker gave to NSW Health Pathology, overseeing its establishment as a truly statewide pathology and forensic service in 2012.
“Her inspirational leadership and patient-focused, strategic thinking has helped cement NSW Health Pathology as a trusted partner and leader in pathology and forensics.”
“I also want to extend my thanks to Professor Rob Lindeman for acting in the Chief Executive role for much of the year to date.
“Rob has ably led NSW Health Pathology with his strong clinical expertise and leadership experience. I look forward to working alongside him and the rest of the Strategic Leadership Team as we chart our next course.”
Ms Janissen held a number of leadership positions at Calvary Healthcare, most recently as the National Director, Strategy and Service Development leading their growth strategy across hospital, aged care, community and virtual care services.
She was also NSW Health Pathology’s Executive Director Strategy and Clinical Services Transformation between 2013 and 2019. Prior to that she held multiple operational roles in Hunter New England Local Health District.
Her expertise in strategy, planning, digital transformation, and dedication to enhancing human-centered care will further strengthen NSW Health Pathology’s position as a leading pathology and forensic service provider for the people of NSW.
“This organisation truly demonstrated its expertise and value as a connected statewide network throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic when it played an instrumental role in helping keep our communities safe.
“While this new era comes with its own challenges, I’m confident we will again rise to these, finding more new and innovative ways to enhance our services and the communities we serve.
“We will need to collaborate even more closely with our partners in the health and justice systems to deliver more modern, sustainable services that meet the evolving needs of our customers and communities.
“One of my initial goals is to visit as many of our 5,000 plus staff in our 50 plus accredited laboratories, along with our key health and justice partners, to better understand the challenges and opportunities ahead so we can explore new and better ways of working together.”