It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of the Health Roundtable's founding fathers – affectionately known as a Knight of the Roundtable.
William A (Bill) Kricker, AM passed away on 13 August 2019 in Melbourne after a short illness.
Before he became involved in the hospital sector, Bill excelled in a variety of careers as an engineer, researcher, consultant and business executive. He was recognized as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991 for his service to industry, particularly research and development.
A true innovator, Bill saw the value in benchmarking hospital data and collaborating for improvement back in 1995, as the CEO of the Alfred Group of Hospitals. Bill was able to persuade and engage the first few CEOs on this concept, gained sponsor funding and passionately drove the conversations and data collections that enabled hospital executives to learn from each other in a collegial way.
Bill has left an astonishing legacy in our organisation and with his foresight, has supported many of the transformation of public hospital management practices across Australia and New Zealand for over 25 years.
Included below are two documents that provide further information on Bill’s impact and approach. Firstly some words from his collaborator in the establishment and running of the HRT for many years, Dr David Dean, and also one of his most ‘famous’ presentations on hospital ABF management – The Magnificent Seven.
On behalf of the Health Roundtable Board and team we pass on our condolences to Bill’s family and will work together to continue the work that began with Bill, to build on his vision and honour his legacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Gail Prileszky