The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) has elected a new board for the coming year to help fulfil its aim of leading the industry, representing private hospitals and serving the interests of patients.
The board comprises representatives from HASA’s main members – Life Healthcare, Netcare, Mediclinic and the National Hospital Network (NHN). The organisation represents about 80% of the private hospital sector. Together, these groups own and manage approximately 220 hospitals, servicing 28 675 hospital beds.
Melanie Da Costa, who was re-elected chairperson for another term, said: “Despite the complexity and challenges of healthcare in South Africa, the newly elected board brings together individuals with deep insight and on-the-ground experience of delivering quality healthcare. By engaging proactively with government and all players in the healthcare sector, we hope to contribute positively to health reform initiatives.”
Board members elected include:
Melanie Da Costa (Chairperson, HASA) Director: Strategy and Health, Netcare
Dr Biren Valodia, (Vice-Chairman, HASA) Chief Marketing Officer, Mediclinic
Dr Dumisani Bomela (CEO, HASA)
Marthinus van den Berg (Treasurer, HASA): Managing Director, Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital
Lynelle Bagwandeen: Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, Netcare
Clara Findlay: Legal Services Executive, Mediclinic
Amil Devchand: Group COO, Lenmed Health
Kurt Worrall-Clare: CEO, National Hospital Network
Dr Steve Taylor: Executive – Group Medical Director, Life Healthcare Group
Nicolette Mudaly: Health Policy Manager, Life Healthcare
“The private hospital sector is committed to delivering efficient, innovative healthcare to millions of patients across the nation,” said Da Costa. “The board’s combined depth of knowledge and commitment to improving healthcare will help us to work together to satisfy demand for private healthcare in the broader healthcare system.”