New Management Arrangements

Two new CEOs have been appointed to two groups of hospitals in the West and Mid West for a three year period, under new management arrangements.

Mr.  Bill Maher, Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, has been seconded as CEO of the Western group and Ms. Ann Doherty, former head of the HSE National Hospitals Office has been appointed CEO of the Mid Western Hospitals Group.  Ms. Doherty has moved to her new position from the National Cancer Control Programme in Cork.

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

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

Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly said that 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.

He said: “Galway University Hospital and the 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.”