Two senior Otago health managers will be farewelled from the
Southern District Health Board in the wake of a high-level
Dr Colleen Coop, former head of emergency medicine and
surgery, left last Friday.
Pip Stewart, former head of women's, children's, and public
health, finishes next Friday.
When contacted, Ms Stewart said she preferred not to comment.
In an email to staff, deputy chief executive Lexie O'Shea
said a joint leaving function was being organised for the two
"I would like to sincerely thank both Pip and Colleen for
their significant contribution, dedication and leadership to
their respective teams and the wider organisation," Mrs
The Otago departments they ran merged with their Southland
counterparts, new heads of which were announced late last
The board is yet to appoint one of the five new departmental
general manager jobs, that of older person's, community, and
Of the four appointed, two were Otago-based, and two