Hospital boss outlines progress after busy year

The recently appointed General Manager of Mayo University Hospital, Catherine Donohoe last week outlined the growth in activity at the hospital and some specific changes over the last year and highlighted the number of job opportunities at the hospital currently.

She said that 2016 was an extremely busy year at Mayo University Hospital as the number of patients it treated continues to grow.

“Across almost all the services we provide, we treated more patients in 2016. Our Emergency Department attendances increased by 3.5 per cent on 2015 compared to a 2.7 per cent increase in 2015 from 2014, admissions from the ED were up by five per cent, our day cases were up by 7.29 per cent and our births were up by 2.73 per cent up to the end of November.

“We had a number of significant new appointment and positive initiatives in 2016 including our third quality and patient safety symposium – we have been working over the last number of years on a number of important quality initiatives including projects to improve communication with our patients and our staff. It is a very exciting time to work in Mayo University Hospital as we are venturing into this new focused approach for management, as part of the Saolta hospital group we have really advanced the process of clinicians in management and we are going the step further now and engaging our patients in the governing of the hospital,” she added,

Ms Donohoe said that they have a number of vacancies at the hospital following some retirements and natural attrition mostly for promotional reasons and that they are looking forward to filling these posts early in 2017.

“We have recently appointed a new Finance Manager, New Director of Midwifery, we have new HR manager starting in February. We are currently recruiting an IT manager and Director of Nursing and a number of senior and middle grade nursing positions.

“I would urge those who would be interested in progressing this ethos of strong patient engagement and staff appreciation to look at these exciting roles and details on all these positions are available on the HSE website at www.hse.ie I would welcome an opportunity to talk to interested parties as we are really keen to build our team from management level to front line with this focus and ambition.

“Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the work of all the staff at Mayo University Hospital. Our staff are the cornerstone of all we do in MUH and I would like to recognise their commitment and dedication, particularly in often challenging circumstances,” she concluded.

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