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Meet RPA's new General Manager

Congratulations to Kiel Harvey on his new appointment.

Kiel Harvey posing for a photo in the atrium of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
SydneyConnect Image: RPA's new General Manager, Kiel Harvey

As RPA approaches its 140th birthday, new campus facilities and digital transformation comes with new leadership, with Kiel Harvey appointed as the hospital's new general manager.

"It is an incredibly challenging but exciting time. It has been a tough few years and I know everyone has gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic.

"It is great to be getting somewhat back to normal and planning for some exciting changes across the campus with the $750 million redevelopment progressing and the NSW Government's recent announcement of the $143.3 million towards the biomedical research complex, the Sydney Biomedical Accelerator," Mr Harvey said.

He is a recognised senior leader with strong and established relationships with clinicians and staff across the District. His past positions have included General Manager at Balmain and Canterbury hospitals, Acting General Manager at Concord Hospital and most recently as the Acting Executive Director of Operations for the District.

"I always ask myself, 'what can the Executive Team do to enable all our staff to focus on improving the patient and family experience?' If I am doing my job right, it leaves them to focus on providing the very best patient care," he said.

The District's Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM is excited about the opportunities his appointment brings.

"I'd like to congratulate Kiel on his appointment. He will steer RPA through a new era of innovation and progress. His strong work ethic and regard for patient and family centred care will ensure RPA continues to deliver healthcare that meets the evolving needs of our community," Dr Anderson said.

As a leading hospital and research facility, RPA is home to cutting-edge researchers and has become one of the country's sought-after hubs of health innovation.

"I'm excited about the digital landscape, especially digital health and innovation, such as the Florence project. They're signs of great things to come," Mr Harvey said.

Florence is a digital patient portal that's set to be introduced through the District's new Digital Health Strategy 2022 - 2027.

When asked why he puts his heart into his work, the answer is easy:

"My three daughters were all born at RPA. I have firsthand experienced of the amazing standard of care provided at RPA.

"I am privileged to lead this institution with such a proud history. I am very fortunate to be able to work with such leading clinicians and researchers each day which is what makes RPA such an amazing place to work," Mr Harvey said.

He was appointed to the role following the departure of Nobby Alcala who was RPA's general manager for five years.

Mr Alcala joined the District as a registered nurse in 1992, and during his a 30-year career in public health, headed Drug Health Services and Sydney Research before joining RPA in 2017.