Hillcrest hospital welcomes new manager

2015-07-14 06:00
Hillcrest Private Hospital welcomes hospital manager, Glenn de Villiers to the management team.
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Hillcrest Private Hospital welcomes hospital manager, Glenn de Villiers to the management team. Photo: supplied

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THE directors and management of Hillcrest Private Hospital have welcomed new hospital manager, Glenn de Villiers to the management team.

He has a wealth of experience in the running and management of hospitals and hospital groups and will also take on the role of regional hospital manager for Ross Healthcare.

Born in Cape Town and educated at the University of Cape Town in Human Resource management, De Villiers spent the first six years of his career in the SA Navy specialising in training and development. He left the navy and joined Pilkington Flat Glass as its senior training officer and then joined Afrox Gasses as its regional and development specialist responsible for Namibia, Swaziland, KZN, Western Cape and the then Northern Transvaal.

Within Afrox De Villiers switched to the health-care division as services manager at Entabeni Hospital, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of how a private hospital functions from a support services perspective.

He was then posted to Empangeni as manager of Empangeni Clinic, a 40-bed day facility which also functions as an overnight facility.

He was extensively involved in the developing and commissioning of the Empangeni Garden Clinic, a 100-bed general hospital. He then moved back to Durban as the hospital manager for Entabeni Hospital.

In January 2001 De Villiers joined International SOS as its business development director for its clinics in Indonesia and looked after two clinics in Jakarta and one in Bali. From there he moved to Vietnam and was initially based in Hanoi and then moved to Ho Chi Minh City as country general manager.

From Vietnam he moved to Bangkok in Thailand as a consultant for Coca-Cola responsible for consulting with bottlers on Human Resources within the Asia region.

He then returned to work for International SOS and was posted to Azerbaijan as its country general manager.

He was then sent to India to restructure the business in New Delhi and was responsible for Mumbai and Bangalore. From India he went to Paupa in Indonesia to be the acting general manager for International SOS at Freeport Mine, the world’s largest open pit copper mine. He was then transferred to Singapore to be the group general manager responsible for its 32 international clinics. From Singapore he went to Sakhalin in Russia and was the regional general manager for Sakhalin, China and Mongolia for their medical services division.

At the beginning of 2015, he returned to South Africa to head the team at Hillcrest Private Hospital.

“It’s wonderful to be back in a country with infrastructure that works and to play golf on good courses again,” he said.

His plans for the hospital are to expand the scope of its offering and the number of patients it can accommodate

“First on the list is a new theatre, which will allow us to bring in more specialists, primarily in orthopedic and vascular surgery. Our future strategy is to reconfigure the space we have, enabling us to increase the number of beds in our maternity, surgical, medical and paediatric wards.

“The greatest challenge we face today is a shortage of medical specialists. In order to attract medical practitioners, we are dedicated to providing top-quality facilities. We also have a comprehensive programme of internal development, training our staff in the relevant areas to ensure we offer our patients the service they require.

“Our business is about people and it’s critical that our staff are focused on creating a positive experience for our patients. We are proud to have recruited some of the best staff – people who share our core values and our philosophy on patient service and outcomes – and we believe that is what sets us apart.”

FIRST ON THE LIST IS A NEW THEATRE, WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO BRING IN MORE SPECIALISTS, PRIMARILY IN ORTHOPEDIC AND VASCULAR SURGERY. OUR FUTURE STRATEGY IS TO RECONFIGURE THE SPACE WE HAVE, ENABLING US TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BEDS IN OUR MATERNITY, SURGICAL, MEDICAL AND PAEDIATRIC WARDS

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