The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham has appointed its first female chair.
Dame Yve Buckland will take over the role next month and her appointment means that five of the city's seven hospitals are now chaired by women.
She was awarded the DBE in 2003 for services to public health and is the former chairman of the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement which developed tools and techniques to improve productivity and efficiency in the NHS.
Dame Yve also heads the Consumer Council for Water for England and Wales which is headquartered in Birmingham
During her tenure, water companies have returned £600 million worth of excess profits back to customers and complaints have gone down by 30 per cent.
She said: "The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been at the forefront of so many exciting developments, from the use of titanium prostheses in patients with bone cancer to save them from needing amputations, to the Birmingham hip and the very exciting ITAP clip-on prosthetic device which is being trialled here at the moment.
"This is a small hospital but one with amazing expertise and staff dedicated to helping patients with almost any orthopaedic condition; staff who make a real difference to thousands of patients every year.
"That was shown in our recent patient review which showed we are among the best hospitals in the country."
Jo Chambers, who joined the hospital as chief executive in December, said: "We are delighted to welcome Yve.
"It is really good for the hospital and patients we serve to have attracted someone with Yve's experience."