Lester Levy joins Southern Cross Health

A new role has been created to meet members’ future needs.
Southern Cross Health Society Strategic advisor - Future of healthcare, Dr Lester Levy.

Southern Cross Health Society has created a new role to help it meet the future needs of members, appointing health sector leader Dr Lester Levy into the position.

Levy will act as Strategic advisor - Future of healthcare in a part-time capacity, advising and helping to shape the society’s overall strategy. In particular, evolving the future operating model and plans for digital health and value-based contracting to achieve optimum health outcomes.

Levy started his working life as a medical doctor and subsequently became a chief executive, entrepreneur and chair of boards of directors across a diverse range of industry sectors. He has almost three decades of experience in management and governance in both the public and private healthcare sectors as a chairman, chief executive, entrepreneur and adviser.

He is the appointed chairman of the Health Research Council of New Zealand. He was appointed by government as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Health and chairman of all three Auckland region district health boards (Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau). Previously he was the chief executive of South Auckland Health, the New Zealand Blood Service and the MercyAscot Hospital Group (of which he was a founder).

Levy is a graduate of Medicine (MBBCh), has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and has recently been appointed to the position of Professor of Digital Health Leadership at Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Health.

In the 2013 New Year’s honours list he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to health and education.

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