Mr Dockray said Ms McGann started with St.LukesHealth straight out of high school as a Junior Office Clerk in 1962, working her way through the organisation from Section Supervisor to Head Supervisor and then General Manager in 1995, being appointed Managing Director in 2000.
“In over fifty years, Colleen has been a true trail blazer, not only working her way up the organisational ladder from the shop floor, but doing so at a time when men dominated business life, which is tribute to her strength and capacity to succeed,” Mr Dockray said.
“Not only has Colleen shown great loyalty to St.LukesHealth, but she has never forgotten who it is that the organisation is there for, that being the members of St.LukesHealth.
“In her time with the organisation, St.LukesHealth has grown its membership base to be one of the largest providers of private health insurance in Tasmania and this success is a tribute to Colleen’s efforts,” Mr Dockray said.
In 2002, Ms McGann won the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and is also a former President of Launceston Rotary as well as District Director. She is currently on a number of national boards for the private health industry.
Ms McGann said after so many years it would be a sad day when she leaves St.LukesHealth.
“While it will be a sad day for me to stop full-time work, I know the organisation is in safe hands and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have worked with me over the years for their support,” Ms McGann said.
“When I joined St.LukesHealth all those years ago, the former Managing Director Fred Edwards said straight up that he did not have any opposition to progressing women in the system.
“While I had to earn the opportunities, I held Fred to his word and it paid dividends.”
Ms McGann said while the process of private health insurance had not changed over the years in that premiums were received and claims paid out, what had really changed was the advances in medical science over the years.
“Technology, the delivery of medical services and the types of conditions covered have changed dramatically over the years,” Ms McGann said.
“The important thing for those in the health system to remember is that the private health system is complementary to the public system.
“Decision makers in government and the private sector have got to hold in mind that the systems complement each other and they should work more together.
“Without private health insurance, the public health system would not work and vice versa.”
Ms McGann said after retiring, she would take a well-earned break before working out what to do next.
“No doubt there will be other challenges in the future for me, I just have not worked them out yet, but I doubt this is the last people will see of Colleen McGann,” she said.
Mr Dockray said an announcement regarding Ms McGann’s replacement was imminent.