The embattled boss has announced he will not be seeking an extension of his contract when it expires in June.
The decision follows an at times rocky 12 years at the helm of the multi-million dollar enterprise.
The past four years, following the closure of Point Lonsdale’s Coorabin and Portarlington’s Ann Nichol House aged care facilities, have been particularly challenging with an angry backlash from residents prompting investigations into the organisation’s management and a police investigation into financials.
“It with some sadness that I have made the decision not to commit as CEO beyond my current contract period,” Mr Fendyk said.
“It has been a privilege to be CEO of Bellarine Community Health for the past 12 years and I sincerely want to thank the Board and Staff both past and present for all their support in that time.”
“Signalling my intention to retire at the end of my contract allows the Board a significant period of time to recruit the right candidate to lead Bellarine Community Health into the future,” he said.
His departure comes as BCH moves into a significant rebuilding stage of its Point Lonsdale facilities.
“I’m proud of the work we have done redeveloping and upgrading our Community Health Centres at Drysdale and Portarlington. We have greatly enhanced the clinical spaces and facilities for our clients and the community. I look forward to seeing the transformation of the Queenscliff Community Health Centre at Point Lonsdale,” he said.
MEANWHILE Local firm BDH has won the contract to rebuild the Point Lonsdale Community Health Centre.
Demolition of the east wing of the complex, facing Point Lonsdale Road, has already commenced.
The multi-million dollar project will be completed in three stages to minimise disruption to medical services. The first stage will include a new dental clinic and car parking.
Stage two involves removal of annexe buildings and re-orienttation of the reception and entrance and the final stage will see construction of a two storey extension to the north side of the site.