"If there is one thing Griffith can change it's the cold," Greg Brylski jokingly says in his new office.
Appointed to the position of general manager of Griffith Base Hospital almost two weeks ago, he is already finding a deep appreciation for the staff, community and city.
Coming from Roma as they underwent developments, he said he "peeked across state lines" and researched the position heavily before making the leap with his family.
"Everything I was told about Griffith and the hospital is true... it is refreshing to find a group of people genuinely passionate, in a place that will allow me to grow," he said.
"Honoured" to have been allowed to come in at an exciting time for the community, he sees the community's sense of ownership of the hospital.
I would like to start every conversation we have remembering what our purpose is... a real patient-centered focus. We need to rely on our core values of collaboration, respect and empowerment.Greg Brylski
"It's been a labour of love for the community, and I hope to be able to steer us towards better patient outcomes - it's about a sense of wellness."
Aligning his sentiments with the new medical services director David Tulloch who was appointed in March, he hopes to see more, better care in the community.
When asked about difficulties in attracting staff, like the palliative care nurse position currently, he said the issue is widespread across regional and rural Australia.
He says we have a chance now to change the relationships with education and service providers who supply staff.
"I am a true believer that if you provide people with development opportunities, leadership roles and vision, it will attract quality staff."
With the redevelopment work happening at the moment, Mr Brylski sees his time here not as a set of challenges, but rather opportunities for change.
"If you look at something as a challenge it puts a negative connotation on that issue," he explains.
"Rather, I have seen nothing in the two weeks I have been here that is unsolvable - there is solutions to create improved outcomes for staff, patients and the community."
He credits the clinical and non-clinical staff at every level for the work and dedication they give to their jobs.
And while improving patient outcomes, he sees many opportunities to make staff jobs easier as well, a win-win for everyone.
"My big thing is remembering our connection to purpose," Mr Brylski explains.
"I would like to start every conversation we have remembering what our purpose is, what our end-game will look like - a real patient-centered focus.
"We need to rely on our core values of collaboration, respect and empowerment."
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