Shane Combs

Director of Clinical & Maternity Services

Epworth Geelong 
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Shane has extensive experience in leading organisational workforce development, accreditation and collaborative research with universities. Over the past 20 years he has been the lead nurse for clinical redesign, redevelopments and tender processes for public private partnerships in Western Australia and the United Kingdom. He was an inaugural member of the Ramsay Health Care Clinical Governance Committee (2008) and has been an Assessor with ACHS since 2015.

Shane’s first experience of Epworth HealthCare was as an ACHS assessor in October 2017 when an assessment was undertaken of Epworth Richmond, Hawthorn and Freemasons. He was left with a very positive impression of our values and welcomed the opportunity to take up the position as Geelong DCS in 2020.

Lisa Edwards

Director of Clinical Services

Epworth Eastern
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Rennie Fotopoulos

Director of Clinical Services - Epworth Rehabilitation & Mental Health 

Epworth Richmond, Brighton and Hawthorn
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Rennie Fotopoulos has extensive experience in Senior and Executive Management across Acute and Sub-Acute private healthcare settings. Rennie’s portfolios include managing clinical and operational budgets, supporting workforce models which put the ‘patient at the centre of everything we do’ and building teams to create positive culture within the organisation.

As a credentialed researcher, Rennie has a passion for clinical governance and quality improvement of systems and processes. Rennie seeks to ensure that frameworks are in place to ensure patient safety and to improve patient outcomes.

Suzie Hooper

Director of Clinical Services

Epworth Camberwell
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Suzie is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in ICU / CCU, cardiac, pulmonary, general rehabilitation, nurse education and project management. She has held a variety of clinical and management roles including Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing and CEO.

Prior to working at Epworth, Suzie held a senior role in rehabilitation service development and nursing projects including the development of the Nursing Team Model of Care, Nursing and Midwifery Standards of Excellence, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research Council and Group Clinical Learning and Development; and was awarded the Catholic Health Australia Nurse of the Year in 2009 for her work in developing and evaluating the first Outpatient Oncology Rehabilitation Program model in Victoria.

Suzie holds a Master of Nursing Leadership and is passionate about the development of and participation in nursing research; and nurse led models of care.

Jane Lynch

Director of Clinical & Maternity Services

Epworth Freemasons
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Jane Lynch has been the Director of Clinical and Maternity Services, Epworth Freemasons for the last 4 years and has over a decade of experience in healthcare leadership. Her role is responsible for managing issues of site and clinical governance, risk management, patient satisfaction, professional governance of the nursing and midwifery workforce business continuity.

Jane has over 25 years of experience in the public and private healthcare setting within both Australia and in the United Kingdom’s NHS; has completed her Masters in Health Management and recently published an article in the Journal of Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Jane has held senior clinical leadership roles, previously at Cabrini Health and more recently at Epworth Richmond as Associate Director Clinical Services, with responsibility for Emergency, Oncology, Neurology, Paediatrics, General Surgery and Dialysis. Jane’s clinical background is in emergency nursing, holding the role of Nurse Manager for two Melbourne emergency departments.

An Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Jane continues to grow and learn as a leader. Jane has a strong commitment to patient experience, clinical outcomes, education and is a strong advocate for the profession of Nursing at Epworth. She is passionate about providing safe, effective care for patients and champions the role quality and robust clinical governance systems play in ensuring this.

Kate Steen

Director of Clinical Services

Epworth Richmond 
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Kate Steen has held her current position of Director of Clinical Services at Epworth HealthCare (Richmond) since September 2015. In this role, Kate is responsible for nursing and allied health professional practice standards, patient experience, quality of care and the operational management of clinical services at Epworth Richmond.

Prior to coming to Epworth, her extensive leadership experience across both the private and public healthcare sectors includes having held senior professional and operational leadership roles at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Alfred, Cabrini Health and Austin Health. Kate’s specific professional interests and areas of achievement include patient experience, quality of care and patient safety, models of care, workforce planning, professional practice development and advancement, career development coaching and nursing research.