Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Australians. Creating and delivering a world-class cardiac surgery service in a cost-effective way is the principle goal of health care organisations and managers. Establishing a new health care service is a unique opportunity and requires detailed planning and implementation. Managing change is pivotal to establishing a new patient-focused health care service, and should be coupled with effective communication and teamwork among all stakeholders. There are foreseen and unforeseen challenges associated with any project so sharing the lessons learned is an important way for others in a similar situation to avoid potential pitfalls.

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