Updated Wednesday, September 15, 2015
Wahroonga, New South Wales
As Leon’s deputy for the last 13 years I have experienced first-hand his vision, his leadership, operational and political skills that mean AHCL is exceptionally well positioned to meet the future healthcare needs of our community.
Philip Currie was appointed CEO of Adventist HealthCare Limited (AHCL) during last week’s South Pacific Division (SPD) Executive Committee meetings, held at Division headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales.
Mr Currie had been serving as deputy CEO of AHCL, which manages Sydney Adventist Hospital and other medical centres in Sydney.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Currie said he was “honoured and humbled by the appointment.” He also paid tribute to his predecssor, Dr Leon Clark, who retired from the role of CEO after 13 years of service.
“It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of former CEO Dr Leon Clark,” said Mr Currie. “As Leon’s deputy for the last 13 years I have experienced first-hand his vision, his leadership, operational and political skills that mean AHCL is exceptionally well positioned to meet the future healthcare needs of our community.”
“Leon has been an inspiration and a mentor, and has become a close and trusted friend,” he added. “I wish him well in retirement and value his continuing role as San Foundation chairman.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church also acknowledged Dr Clark’s years of service during last week’s meetings, with SPD president Pastor Glenn Townend presenting Dr Clark with a citation in front of Church leaders from across the Division.
Former San CEO Dr Leon Clark (left) receives his citation from SPD president Pastor Glenn Townend.
Mr Currie has a long history with the San, dating back to 1984 when he started his nursing duties at the hospital.
Since then he has gone on to serve in a number of management, administration and senior leadership roles, including chariman of the Open Heart International (OHI) Management Committee. He was also the executive responsible for the infrastructure works program during the San Redevelopment project from 2011-2013.
Having been raised in New Britain, Papua New Gunea, and Fiji, Mr Currie has a passion for the people of developing nations.
He commenced his interaction with OHI in 1989 when he accompanied a cardiac team to Nepal. He has also participated in OHI mission trips to Solomon Islands.
“Our passionate and expert people provide us with the inspiration,” he says. “Our mission of Christianity in Action provides us with a reason for being.”