Hospital chief executive celebrates damehood
A HOSPITAL chief executive is celebrating 10 years on the job after being made a Dame.
Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals received a Dame Commander (DBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honours.
She said: '˜I have the privilege to work with so many extraordinary and caring colleagues in the NHS and I am delighted to accept this honour in recognition of everything we achieve together for the people we serve.
'˜Working for the NHS can be tough, but there is a generosity of spirit that binds us together and to be awarded this honour for doing my job is a wonderful tribute to all of my colleagues.'
She has led the trust, which includes St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, since a trust merger inÂ 2009.
Board chairman Alan McCarthy added: '˜This is a well-deserved recognition of her dedication and service to the NHS and her contribution to improving the quality of patient care.
'˜I am sure Marianne would say that her success is built on teamwork and the fantasticÂ commitment and support of colleagues in the Trust.'