Leadership Team

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Executive Leadership Team

Fiona O’Mara, Executive Assistant

Fiona has lived in Gippsland her whole life and is committed to the Community of which she is a part.  Fiona’s work history includes legal, local government and education and for the majority has worked in the medical industry for various local Medical Specialists and as a Practice Manager.  Fiona has a commitment to efficiency and the provision of patient-oriented services that provide a supportive, positive, and engaging experience. Fiona brought her Family up in Gippsland and they all contribute to the community in which they live and work.  Fiona Volunteers in various areas, previously her children’s sports, and now St Vincent de Paul assisting in the welfare and health of people within Gippsland.  Having lived through the ups and down of farming life in her earlier career Fiona is acutely aware of the needs and worries of people within Gippsland. As Executive Assistant, Fiona brings her enthusiasm and support to the Team, and looks forward to assisting the Team in the various new projects being undertaken at Maryvale Hospital during the ensuing years.

Lee Garwood, Chief Executive Officer

Lee joined the Maryvale team in November 2020 as our Chief Executive Officer. Lee joins us with 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in both the public and private healthcare sector across a wide range of surgical, medical, rehabilitation and mental health specialties.

Lee has a strong commitment in developing organisations by enhancing patient experience, improving quality and safety systems, implementation of new services and community engagement. With a focus on delivering a quality service and improving patient safety, Lee has significant experience in hospital accreditation processes against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards under ISO and ACHS frameworks.

Lee is heavily involved in the training and development of clinical and non-clinical staff and is an Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow at Federation University Australia and Conjoint Senior Lecturer appointment at the University of Newcastle. Lee also participates as an industry advisor to a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and mentor to students attending health-related degrees.

Outside of the workplace, Lee is a Board Director of Quantum Support Services, and enjoys giving back to the community by getting involved with Rotary participating a number of local and international projects.

Daniel Scholtes, Director of Clinical Services

Daniel joined the Maryvale team in November 2020 as our Director of Clinical Services.  Daniel joins us with extensive experience in Health Services across Gippsland in a wide range of roles with a specialisation in Perioperative and Emergency Nursing. Experiences and relationships built across the Gippsland Health Community gives Daniel both a unique insight and advantage for Maryvale Private Hospital as we strive to achieve our Strategic goals.  Daniel’s priorities are delivering Quality Care and ensuring Patient Safety.  Daniel believes these are the key drivers for performance and patient satisfaction and are achieved through providing support and investment in staff.  As someone that grew up in Gippsland, Daniel is passionate about delivering this service to the broader Gippsland community.

Susan Chan, Finance Manager

Susan joined the Maryvale Team in May 2013 as our Finance Manager leading our non-clinical services. Susan is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience, 9 of which have been across both public and private healthcare sector.Susan is an experienced leader with expertise in financial management, reporting, financial analysis and planning.

Senior Leadership Team

Anne-Maree Thompson
Ward Nurse Unit Manager

Fran Van Dyke
Operating Room Nurse Unit Manager 

Linda Hillman
Quality, Risk & Education Coordinator 

Jenny McCarthy
Infection Prevention & Control Coordinator

Sue Denny
VMO Liaison


Brenda Hudson
Administration Manager

Emily Connell
Executive Chef

Michelle Marriott
HR Advisor

Stephen Cahill
Maintenance Coordinator