Dr. Shaheem De Vries appointed as new CEO of Groote Schuur

It is a little over a month that Dr Shaheem De Vries began his tenure as the new CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital.

PHOTO SUPPLIED: Dr. Shaheem de Vries

De Vries began on 1 February 2024, and is responsible for almost 3 600 staff members and ensuring patients get the best healthcare.

Bringing a wealth of leadership and clinical experience, Dr De Vries not only has a medical degree, but also holds a diploma in Primary Emergency Care, a Master’s Degree in Emergency Medicine and an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business. His impressive track record of healthcare service and innovation includes his previous roles as Director of Emergency Medical Services (2013 to 2022) and Clinical Medical Manager for Emergency Medical Services (2022 to 2023).

In a statement, from hospital management, it said that Dr De Vries has a special interest in African emergency care systems and has been an active member of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) since its inception, serving as its CEO from 2017 to 2019. He has also consulted on several African EMS systems and has been invited as a pre-hospital expert in Emergency Care Systems by the World Health Organisation.

Western Cape’s Health and Wellness MEC, Professor Nomafrench Mbombo wished Dr. Vries well

‘’We know that his past dedication and experience in the Department of Health and Wellness provides him with a solid foundation to continue to serve the people of the Western Cape. May his tenure be marked by many successes and a lasting legacy maintaining the important role Groote Schuur plays in the healthcare system."

Dr Keith Cloete, Head of the Department of Health and Wellness, echoed Mbombo’s sentiments

“We are confident that Dr De Vries will be an invaluable addition to our senior leadership team and pivotal in continuing Groote Schuur Hospital’s legacy of being a world-leader in health care provision.”

On his appointment, Dr De Vries said: “I consider it an honour to be selected as the steward of such a quintessential symbol of our commitment to healthcare in this province. Groote Schuur Hospital has remained an example of quality care while also leading in the field of research and innovation. It continues to redefine what is possible within the public health system. Dr Patel has built an incredible legacy during her tenure, and I’m following in the footsteps of a formidable leader. I am however excited by the opportunity and look forward to working with such a great team.”

Done By: Bush Radio News reporter


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