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Key People

Advisory Board

Founder

Dr. Peter Stephenson ( Chairman, Gastroenterologist (Retired) )

Montserrat Day Hospitals was the vision of Dr. Stephenson who has been a specialist physician since 1972 and a registered Gastroenterologist since 1978 when he went into private practice. During Montserrat’s history, Peter became Executive Director of Montserrat Day Hospitals in May 2006 and then Chairman until 2015. Peter has been retired for a number of years now.

Key Management

Ben Korst, CEO – Montserrat Group B Com (UQ)

Ben Korst has been the CEO at Montserrat since 2010. After studying at the University of Queensland, Ben commenced his career with Ernst & Young in Corporate Finance – Restructuring, before moving into the Mergers & Acquisitions team.

He then went on to work as the Financial Controller at BSM Steel in Brisbane for 3 years before executing the sale of the business to Hills Industries Limited. Ben remained as the General Manager of their private investment vehicles which included large-scale industrial property development. Ben then spent 4 years working as the Managing Director of Informa Australia Pty Ltd (a division of Informa UK PLC), before moving back to Brisbane from Melbourne to take up a role at Montserrat.

Shane Kosanic, CFO B Com (UQ) CA

Shane is a highly experienced executive with more than 19 years’ experience including the past 12 years leading the finance and operation teams both in Australia & Internationally.

Shane has significant technical financial and commercial acumen having direct experience in international and domestic taxation issues, transfer pricing, operations, controls, pricing and costings. Prior to joining Montserrat, Shane worked for 6 years as CFO in a global safety consulting business which delivered its products & services in approximately 25 countries. Previous to this role, Shane was CFO for a large Australian-based software solution organisation which developed & supported mid-level sized businesses.

Debra Pearce National Director of Clinical Operations

RN, Grad Dip Nursing, Grad Dip Legal, Cert Periop Nursing, Clin Tech. Cert

Debra commenced at Montserrat in October 2017, bring over 35 years’ experience as an Registered Nurse, primarily in the Peri-Operative environment. She commenced in the operating theatres upon finishing her general training and became an experienced scrub/scout in a wide range of specialties as well as perioperative management.  Her interest in nursing education led to her becoming a perioperative nurse educator, successfully writing and implementing an accredited 12 month novice perioperative nurse graduate program. Throughout these years Debra also gained experience in nursing administration in a major tertiary hospital setting.

From nursing education, Debra moved into Risk and Quality Management spending three years driving this service at a major Brisbane tertiary facility. She left the hospital setting in the early 2000’s spending three years as a Medico Legal Risk Manager. Returning to the clinical setting the next 8 years were spent managing multi-specialty day hospitals and at the end of 2014 Debra took a break from full time work and used her experiences to move into auditing of hospital and health services.

Complementing her enthusiasm for education, risk and quality and the delivery of safe and effective patient care and outcomes she brings to Montserrat a wealth of experience complemented by her formal qualifications. She has been the Vice President of the Australian Day Hospital Association (now Day Hospitals Australia) and also spent many years on the Executive of Day Surgery Nurses Association Queensland.

Nadia McCarthy Business Manager – Westside Private

Nadia has been with the Montserrat Group for a number of years beginning initially in the Call Centre and moving up within the company to her current role of Business Manager. This variation in her role has allowed Nadia a wide view of the daily operations of the business which in turn allows her to influence change across the business to ensure staffing & patient efficiencies are possible.

From late 2018 Nadia moved into the Business Manager role of Westside Private Hospital, assisting in the daily running and theatre scheduling of Westside Private Hospital.

Nadia has a strong focus on the daily running of the hospitals and building efficiencies in this area, as well as developing customer service skills in the administrative staff and working on projects as the Montserrat Group expands.

Ken Hilliard Business Development Manager B Med Sc

Ken has over 17 years’ experience in the medical industry and brings a natural leadership and a strong understanding of the Private healthcare sector to his position as Business Development Manager at Montserrat Hospitals.

Prior to joining Montserrat Ken held a number of senior positions and has experience in Hospitals, cancer services, Pathology and Radiology.  Ken believes in relationship building with a strong focus on strategic planning and positive marketing outcomes. He has a passion for creating partnerships with doctors who are looking at entering the private space and experience in Doctor recruitment, marketing, promotions and hospital Mergers & Acquisitions.

Fiona Cooper Fiona Cooper, Regional Manager WA MHlthAdmin (Curtin)

Fiona is the Regional Manager – Western Australia and CEO of our Bunbury facility. Assisting in hospital developments in WA, Fiona is currently managing the development of the new Albany Day Hospital.

Fiona’s career history includes senior management in health services where she has a record of achieving maximum efficiency in both city and rural settings, at strategic, financial and operational levels.

Bringing personal values of integrity, respect and compassion Fiona has lead organisations through growth and change in management roles as General Manager, Quality, Information and Performance Manager, Corporate Manager and Client Services Manager. She has been an integral member of Executive Committees, Risk and Management Committees, Medical Advisory Committees and has been an active member of industry peer networks and associations.

Debbie Harrison Regional Manager, Perth, WA

Debbie has 34 years experience in the Health Care environment, both in the UK and Australia, primarily focused in the Intensive and Cardiac Care areas. Debbie has been working in senior management/ executive roles for the last 18 years.

Debbie has a strong focus in the personal development of the members of her team to reach their career potentials and develop in the workplace.

Debbie has moved on from her role as Clinical Business Manager of Oxford Day Surgery and now oversees the Western corridor of Montserrat facilities, aiding their managers with her years of experience.

Kari Fedder Clinical Business Manager

Kari Fedder is a Registered Nurse with 17 years’ experience and has been managing Rosemont Endoscopy Centre since 2018. Kari holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Western Sydney and further to that obtained her Masters in Nursing from the University of Wollongong in 2004. Kari has also attained a Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management and is passionate about leadership.

Kari’s extensive career has been focused predominantly in the Emergency Department before working her way to the Nurse Unit Manager role in the public health system. Along with this, Kari also tutors at the university. In recent years, Kari changed roles and joined the Surgical Division as Clinical Nurse Specialist and soon after took on the role of Nurse Unit Manager of the Surgical Waitlist. This role allowed her to work collaboratively with many people both in the hospital & Ministry of Health, working to support and enable access to care for patients.

Kari is very passionate about ensuring our patients received the finest quality care possible, so they have the greatest achievable outcomes. Kari is currently the Clinical Business Manager of Rosemont Endoscopy Centre in Wollongong.

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