Passing of a leader who shaped patient care
Former Alfred Healthcare Group chief executive and Health Roundtable co-founder, William (Bill) Kricker has passed away.
Bill was appointed Group Chief Executive of the Amalgamated Alfred Caulfield and Royal Southern Memorial Hospital in 1988 – joining health care from the world of manufacturing.
During his eight years with the organisation he made a significant impact – presiding over The Alfred as it became Victoria’s centre for heart transplant; opened the trauma centre and helipad; opened the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre; and became the State’s centre for the care of adult burns patients.
Alfred Health chief executive, Prof Andrew Way said the Board, management and staff – many who worked with Bill during the 90s – were saddened by his passing.
“He was well respected and liked by staff across all levels of the organisation,” Prof Way said.
“He drew on his background in industry and turned The Alfred around – making it one of the most efficient in the State at a time it was facing great challenge.”
Bill was also a founding member of the Health Roundtable, a knowledge-sharing collective that promotes collaboration and networking between health organisation executives.
“His foresight in developing the Health Roundtable concept was truly revolutionary back in 1995,” Prof Way said. “Back then, hospitals didn’t share but he recognised how important it was for his fellow-CEOs to have conversations, and learn from each other.”
“Bill made an outstanding contribution to our organisation, and has left a remarkable legacy, which continues to shape patient care today.”