It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of one of our much-respected Alliance colleagues, Graham Crombie. Graham was Chair of our South Island Information Services Alliance (ISSLA) and contributed to various Alliance governance and leadership groups.
Graham brought a great deal of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to his Alliance activities. He had a strong interest in health IT, which he described as the future of health care and an exciting area to be involved in. This, combined with his strong focus on regional collaboration, drove a number of key initiatives supporting the integration of health information across the wider South Island health system. Not least of which was the negotiation of the commercial agreement between Orion Health and the five South Island DHBs, in which Graham was actively involved.
As Kathy Grant, Southern DHB Commissioner, acknowledged, Graham understood the value of a strong, positive and supportive culture, and we certainly appreciated his commitment in this area. Graham supported the ISSLA to reset the strategic direction for South Island health information services and helped build the foundations for a high functioning team culture. He promoted greater alignment and engagement across the whole health system, was skilled at guiding and negotiating different perspectives to reach consensus and facilitating complex conversations to achieve meaningful dialogue. We will miss Graham’s wisdom, his ability to bring people together and his commitment towards quality and improvement across every area he touched. On behalf of the South Island Alliance and the Programme Office, we send our deepest sympathies to Graham’s family and loved ones who have lost a great man who made great contributions to his community.
Kei konā te aroha me te whakaaro
With loving thoughts and sympathy,
Nigel Trainor, Lead CE, ISSLA and Paul Goddard, IS Programme Director