Medtronic becomes official Galway 2020 health partner

Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and John Kilmartin,  Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Medtronic.

Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and John Kilmartin, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Medtronic.

Medtronic, one of Galway’s leading medical technology, services and solutions companies, has been announced as the official health partner of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

The partnership will see Medtronic sponsor the Wave Maker volunteer programme and the Wave Maker Health Hub, the first of its kind for a European Capital of Culture.

The Wave Maker volunteer programme will give the public the opportunity to be involved in Galway 2020, with volunteers helping to “connect communities across Galway city and county”, as well as “welcoming visitors from the wider world”.

Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin said the partnership would provide invaluable support to Galway 2020.

“It’s fantastic to have a leading company such as Medtronic, which is such a major part of the fabric of Galway, on board supporting the ambitions of Galway 2020,” she said.

“Galway 2020 will be the cultural capital of Europe, next year and it is our ambition to show Ireland, Europe and the world exactly what Galway has to offer. Our Wave Maker volunteers will be an integral part of the delivery and success of Galway 2020 and this support from Medtronic will further consolidate that ambition. We look forward to delivering an ambitious and genuine partnership that benefits Galway for years to come.”

Tony Neary, vice president of EMEA Operations and general manager of Medtronic Parkmore, said Medtronic has had a presence in Galway since 1982 and over the years, its employees have made a huge contribution to community and charitable causes in the county.

“I am delighted that our partnership will enable Galway 2020 to deepen the culture of volunteerism across Galway. The health hub aligns to the Medtronic Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life and I hope the programmes launched here will have a long-lasting positive impact on the health of people in our community,” he said.

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