Croí - the Heart & Stroke Charity and its subsidiary, the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC ), has scooped three top awards at the Irish Healthcare Awards held this month in Dublin. The Awards, now in their 18th year, recognise innovation and excellence in the Irish healthcare sector.
The work of Croí and NIPC put the west of Ireland on the map when the charity was announced as the overall winner in three different award categories. The charity won gold for the Best Research Paper of the Year - for a systematic review of low-dose Aspirin in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, conducted by Prof Bill McEvoy, Research and Medical Director, NIPC. A second award was given for Best Student Research Project of the Year, for a study of severe obesity as a barrier to international travel. Croí won a third gold for the Best Public Health Initiative of the Year in recognition of a unique partnership with the Galway County Local Community Development Committee, which delivered a ‘Healthy Islands Roadshow’ together with 24 other Health and Wellbeing events throughout county Galway.
Croí CEO Neil Johnson commented: “This is great recognition for the innovative work being undertaken here in the west of Ireland. These awards are a huge endorsement of the dedication and commitment of all our health team and of all those who support us, as sponsors, volunteers and partners. We are delighted to win these three prestigious national awards which presented Galway and the west of Ireland in such a positive light.”