The CATHCA Board Members - 2021

Dr Douglas Ross – Chairperson

Bishop Frank Nubuasah SVD – Liaison Bishop

Sr Tshifhiwa Munzhedzi OP – SACBC Secretary General

Fr Bheki Shabalala CMM

Sr Sophia Phiri

Ms Albina Kekana Semelane

Mr Bheki Jama

Sr Maureen Yenson OP – Treasurer

Mr Thembekile Kanise

Fr Siphelele Gwanisheni OFM

Dr Douglas Ross

Acting Chairperson

A qualified medical and general practitioner registered with the HPCSA. He also holds an MBA. Dr Ross has extensive experience in healthcare management in both the South African non-profit and for-profit health sectors. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of St Mary’s Hospital, Mariannhill, from 1995 to 2014. St Mary’s Hospital, Mariannhill, situated on the outskirts of Durban, was at that time a state-aided Catholic mission and district hospital.

In late 2014, Dr Ross became the Hospital Manager for Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. In early 2018, Dr Ross took on additional responsibilities, becoming the Group Hospital Manager for Mid-Medical Holdings. In this latest role, he has overall responsibility for two private hospitals in Pietermaritzburg, namely Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital, an acute hospital, and Royal Hospital, a subacute and rehabilitation hospital.

Dr Ross gained his governance experience in the SA non-profit health sector in various positions (chairperson, vice-chairperson and board member), on the board of CATHCA from 1998 to today. During the period Dr Ross was the Chairperson of the Board of CATHCA, he was appointed by the Pontifical Council of Health Pastoral Care to represent Africa on the International Association of National Catholic Health Care Associations, known as AISAC. For a time, he was also a Director of St Mary’s Hospital Nursing College.

Dr Ross has received governance training from the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA). He has held the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair of the KZN Branch Committee of the IoDSA, and is currently a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the IoDSA.

Dr Ross feels he has “benefited significantly at both a personal and professional level and has grown in his Catholic faith through his many years of involvement in governance with CATHCA”

Fr Bheki Shabalala

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Mr. Thembekile Kanise

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Mr. Bheki Jama

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