The man brought in to lead the district’s hospitals trust out of financial trouble has been appointed chief executive on a permanent basis.
Stephen Eames has been interim chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust since March 2012, when the crisis-hit organisation faced a financial deficit of £20m.
He has since led plans for a major reorganisation of services at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals as Mid Yorkshire set tough targets to reduce its debts.
Mid Yorkshire said Mr Eames had been instrumental in driving up standards of care and financial performance since joining from his previous role as chief executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Trust chairman Jules Preston said: “We are delighted to have appointed Stephen to this role.
“He brings with him expansive experience gained here and in his previous roles in setting and achieving high standards in health care delivery.
“In his time here, he has earned the respect of staff and has developed strong working relationships with local and national organisations. This provides a strong platform from which the trust can continue to develop high quality and sustainable services.”
Last week, NHS bosses voted to press ahead with a controversial reorganisation at Mid Yorkshire which will see A&E services centralised at Pinderfields Hospital.
Dewsbury is set to lose its consultant-led A&E under the plan as critically-ill and injured patients are transferred to Wakefield.
The town will also lose its consultant-led maternity unit as some births are also transferred to Pinderfields.
Mr Eames started his NHS career in Dewsbury 30 years ago, and has 20 years’ experience as a chief executive. He said: “I am passionate about ensuring people in this area receive the very best in health care and am delighted to have been appointed to continue to take the organisation forward.
“The trust has much to be proud of. We have more than 8,000 dedicated members of staff, excellent facilities including three fantastic hospitals and strong and collaborative partnerships with other agencies in health, social care and the voluntary sector.”