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Cornerstone Healthcare appoints General Manager for its flagship service

Award winning complex care provider Cornerstone Healthcare Group has appointed Niki Richards to the prestigious role of General Manager of it’s 99 bed service, South Africa Lodge in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Niki, a registered nurse, has previously worked in senior leadership roles within the NHS, the National Care Standards Commission, Healthcare Commission, CQC and large care providers.

Niki said: “Cornerstone’s fantastic portfolio of top care services speaks to what sets them apart from the rest of the sector; dignity in care is an integrated part through all of their services. Cornerstone Healthcare Group has been up-front that South Africa Lodge is the jewel in their crown and I’m delighted to be taking over from Michelle Murchan who was promoted to Operational Director. I’m excited to lead this highly rated service caring for people with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological and mental health needs. I am privileged to be part of this reputable group and leading South Africa Lodge”.

Cornerstone Healthcare’s COO, Dara Ní Ghadra said: “To attract a healthcare professional such as Niki is a real coup for the company. A specialist service as large as South Africa Lodge needs an experienced individual as its General Manager. The healthcare sector today is faced with so many challenges and a good manager and leader is essential to drive our services. Niki understands our ethos to provide the highest level of care to our residents and we are privileged to have her on board leading South Africa Lodge’s dedicated team.”

Commenting on this appointment, Cornerstone Healthcare’s CEO said: “I am really excited about Niki’s appointment as General Manager for South Africa Lodge. Her deep understanding of our company’s care strategy as well as her expertise will ensure we navigate ourselves successfully through the post pandemic distractions. Welcome Niki”.