THE CHAIRMAN of the hospital trust which runs the DGH will step down later this year.
Irene Dibben, chairman of East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, will retire on March 31 after more than seven years on the board.
She took up her current role in 2008, having previously joined the trust as a non-executive director.
Mrs Dibben said, “It has been a great honour to lead this organisation for the past three years and to serve the local community, on the board, for the past seven years.
“I have enjoyed my time immensely and have always been impressed by the dedication and commitment of staff to do their very best for patients.”
She said ‘great progress’ had been made in reducing patients’ waiting times.
Mrs Dibben added, “Infection rates have significantly reduced and our clinicians have developed new and innovative procedures and techniques.”
She also praised the ‘marvellous group’ of hospital volunteers and chaplaincy team in supporting both hospitals.
She said, “Their commitment to raising money on our behalf and their generosity is greatly appreciated and admired.”
Darren Grayson, chief executive, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Irene. She is a popular chairman and will be missed.
“Her passion for the trust was evident in everything she did and the organisation certainly moved forward during her time as chairman.
“We wish her the very best in the future.”