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ACH Group Announces New Chair In Aged Care

ACH Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Imelda Lynch as Board Chair.

Ms Lynch takes over from current Chair Mary Patetsos AM who has stepped down from the role after more than 15 years of service with ACH Group.

A highly regarded administrator with more than 30 years’ experience in leadership positions in the public, private and community sectors, Ms Lynch has been a Non-Executive Director with ACH Group since 2021.

Ms Lynch is also a Non-Executive Director for a range of organisations including the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, Australian Medical Research Advisory Board and the Adelaide Football Club. A registered nurse, she is Chair of the Glenelg Golf Club and an independent clinical advisor to the clinical governance committee to the Northern Adelaide Local Healthcare Network Board.

Ms Lynch said she looked forward to continuing to work closely with the Board and Executive in this new capacity during an exciting time for ACH Group and the aged care sector.

“Through the recent launch of our $40 million ground-breaking Healthia development at Elizabeth South, ACH Group is demonstrating significant leadership in aged care, and we will continue to build on this,” Ms Lynch said.

The Board expresses its gratitude to Ms Patetsos for her outstanding service. Her long-standing dedication and passion has been integral to ACH Group and the aged care sector at large, particularly in enhancing services to respond to the needs and expectations of older people.

“Mary’s vision and strong focus on cross-sector partnerships and education has been at the heart of our organisation’s evolution including the most recent development at Healthia at Elizabeth South as well as our ViTA Residential Care Home in Daw Park and Spence on Light retirement living apartments in Adelaide’s CBD,” Ms Lynch said.

“On behalf of ACH Group, I take this opportunity to thank Mary for her outstanding contribution and wish her the very best for the future.”

Ms Patetsos congratulated Ms Lynch and wished her “every success”.

“Imelda is extremely well-placed to be Chair,” Ms Patetsos said. “Her extensive experience and influence, especially across the health industry, is extremely beneficial and highly valued. The ACH Group Board is in good hands.”

Ms Patetsos said she was “incredibly privileged” to have played a part in helping create good lives for older people.

“I feel very proud to have served the ACH Group Board, especially as Chair, and be part of such a dynamic team driving positive outcomes for older people and all those who care for them,” she said.

“Healthia, particularly, has re-imagined the future of aged care in South Australia and across the country. Being part of that journey and now, seeing the profound and positive impact it is creating for older people and the broader community, is truly special.”

ACH Group is also pleased to announce that Julie Mitchell, who has served on the Board since 2012, has been appointed Deputy Chair. Julie takes over from the Honourable John Hill, who retired earlier this year.

The new appointments are effective from Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

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