Press Release

New Management Arrangements for Hospitals in Galway. Ballinasloe and Roscommon; and Limerick, Clare, Tipperary NR

The Minster for Health, Dr James Reilly, TD, has today (8th December, 2011) announced that new management arrangements are to be put in place for two groups of hospitals in the West and Mid West.

Galway University Hospital (incorporating Merlin Park Hospital) together with Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and Roscommon General Hospital are to be placed within a single management structure led by a single CEO who will be responsible for group performance.; The hospital group will have a single clinical governance model, one budget and one employment ceiling.

The Mid Western Regional Hospitals at Limerick (Dooradoyle) Ennis and Nenagh, together with the Orthopaedic Hospital at Croom and the funding arrangements for St John’s Hospital Limerick are to be placed within a single management structure led by a single CEO who will be responsible for group performance.; The hospital group will have a single clinical governance model, one budget and one employment ceiling.

Given the scale of the challenge facing the two CEOs, it has also been decided to establish a supervisory group of five individuals with expertise in different aspects of hospital management who will provide support, on a part-time basis, to the CEOs.

Galway University Hospital and Mid Western Regional Hospital Limerick both have significant challenges to overcome in terms of service delivery and financial performance. These new arrangements are designed to deliver improved performance, organisational cohesion and effectiveness; and accountability for the efficient and safe delivery of acute hospital services within the hospital groups on a unified basis. The new CEOs will have full regard to the entire capacity of the hospital group, with a particular emphasis on developing the role of the smaller hospitals.

Mr Bill Maher, currently Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital, has been appointed CEO of the Galway/Roscommon Hospital Group with effect from 9 January 2012, on secondment.; The Minister has expressed his gratitude to the Chair and board of St Vincent’s for facilitating this arrangement.

Ms Ann Doherty, former head of the National Hospitals Office, has been appointed CEO of the Mid Western Hospitals Group. Ms Doherty will transfer to this role from the National Cancer Control Programme in early January.

Both appointments are for three years.

Dr Reilly today commented “I am very pleased that the Special Delivery Unit in my Department and the HSE had worked together to develop an appropriate solution to the challenge of putting in place effective new leadership arrangements for these two important groups of hospitals.

“This is good news for the communities served by all these hospitals.; It will ensure a better health service in the West and Mid West and assure the future of small hospitals in both regions. The new CEOs will take forward their important new roles on the basis of parity of esteem for the hospitals and teams within their hospital groups.”