Midland health care: Glen Power takes on lead hospital role

Glen Power is chief executive of St John of God Midland Public Hospital.
Glen Power is chief executive of St John of God Midland Public Hospital.

BUILDING a healthy future for the east metropolitan region and Wheatbelt communities is top of mind for Glen Power.

His significant experience in hospital management, government and Aboriginal health is being put to good use as he spearheads the final stages of the $360 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital.

As well as operating the public hospital, Glen Power is also responsible for running the collocated $70 million 60-bed St John of God Midland Private Hospital which has been funded by St John of God Health Care.

Dr Power feels a great sense of excitement for the distinctive way in which the new hospital will meet the health needs of the large, diverse catchment area of over 300,000 people.

The new and expanded services, the high quality clinical care and the close links that the hospital will develop with health providers across the community will be integral to the growth of this region.

Dr Power career has included chief executive and general manager roles at five other hospitals and health services across Australia.

He has served as chief of staff and principal policy adviser to a previous Western Australian Minister for Health.

He is a Western Australian Rhodes scholar, originally studying science in Perth at Murdoch and UWA, then for a doctorate at Oxford University in the United Kingdom as well as law at Melbourne University.

Beyond work and career, Dr Power has served on the boards of the National Stroke Foundation, National Stroke Research Institute, Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, West Coast Institute of Training and Deakin University’s Western Alliance Research Centre.

The proud father of a one-year-old son, Dr Power loves to relax by spending time in the south-west with his wife and son.

He is a passionate fly fisherman and an honorary life member of the Western Australian Trout and Freshwater Angling Association.

His first job out of school was in a fishing tackle store in Midland, and he spent most of his teenage years searching for trout in every stream and dam across the Darling Scarp – with varying degrees of success.