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Casey praised for his devotion

Rural Northwest Health board members, executive and community partners attended a dinner in honour of Leo Casey who completed his 10-year tenure with the board on June 30.

Mr Casey joined the board in 2006 during a period of heavy restructure and a year later he was appointed chair. He remained in that role until a year ago.

RNH acting CEO Craig Wilding said the evening was all about honouring Mr Casey’s commitment and thanking him for his outstanding service.

“I’ve only been here five minutes in comparison but I was immediately aware of the high regard in which Leo is held both at RNH and within the community.” Mr Wilding said.

“Leo has provided me with great advice and guidance during my tenure,” he said.

“He has clearly devoted himself to the role and to the health service.”

Former CEO Catherine Morley spoke of the close relationship she had with Mr Casey during her tenure.

Overcoming emotion, Ms Morley said Mr Casey was fully supportive of all she worked to achieve and involved himself at every possible level to ensure programs went to plan.

Guest speakers who praised Mr Casey’s achievements included Dr Donald Liu, Warracknabeal campus manager for aged care services Wendy Walters, Ms Morley, RNH life governor Jean Webster, Leo’s son Will Casey and board members Carolyn Morcom, Glenda Hewitt and Janette McCabe who was master of ceremonies for the evening.

Speakers were glowing of Leo’s dedication to his role and the many hours he committed to the various campuses doing everything from executive governance to keeping in touch with team members or working in the garden.

When Mr Casey stepped down from the board last month, he also resigned as chair of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Alliance – a position in which he was also commended by industry colleagues.

Mr Casey was clearly humbled by the attention focused on him during the evening and when it was his turn to speak, he inevitably turned the attention to everyone else.

He spoke of how RNH turned the corner when Ms Morley was appointed CEO and how she was able to unite the three campuses and lift the morale of team members. He also talked of how everyone was recognised for their hard work when Rural Northwest Health was awarded Victoria’s small health service of the year in 2015 and again in 2016.

Mr Casey and wife Fran have no plans of leaving Warracknabeal and he will continue to make regular trips to the campus to work in the garden.

Leo speaks at the dinner in his honour

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