CASTLEMAINE Health has appointed a replacement for retiring chief executive officer Ian Fisher.
Kilmore and District Hospital chief executive Sue Race will step into her new role on January 11.
Castlemaine Health chair Peggy Ronnau said the board was excited about the health service's future under Ms Race's leadership.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Ian Fisher for his tireless work over the last seven years," Ms Ronnau said.
"It has been an absolute privilege to work with him."
Mr Fisher announced his retirement plans in August.
Castlemaine Health said Mr Fisher's plans had been in place for several years and came as no surprise to staff and those who knew him.
He took up the position in January 2013.
Ms Ronnau said Ms Race would bring an in-depth knowledge of the health care industry and the environments in which it operated.
Ms Race had previously worked for the Department of Health and Human Services.
A statement by Castlemaine Health credited the new chief executive officer with being directly involved in contributing to the health reform agenda and the development of activity-based funding models for subacute and non-admitted patient services.
"Sue shone throughout the interview process," Ms Ronnau said.
"She talked about her commitment to improving the healthcare people receive. She spoke passionately about engaging with the communities that health services serve."
Ms Race grew up on a dairy farm in Tatura. Castlemaine Health said Ms Race was passionate about working in rural and regional areas.
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