Mr. Thomas Lynch was appointed Chair of IEHG by the Minister for Health in 2013. Mr. Lynch is Chair of the Board of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and has served as a member of the Board of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group. From 2008 to 2010 he was a member of an Expert Group on Resource Allocation in the Health Service. Mr. Lynch serves as Chair or Board member of a number of public and privately held biotechnology companies. He has twenty five years experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industries. Mr. Lynch also served as a member of the Board of IDA Ireland from 2000 through 2010.
The Ireland East Hospital Group, one of six Hospital Groups providing acute hospital services, is determined that it will deliver these services to highest international standards of safety, excellence and outcomes. It is our ambition to be an academic health science centre which has been shown as delivering superior patient outcomes and integrating education and research for the benefit of all stakeholders.
IEHG is unique in the Irish hospital system in that it is predominantly based on voluntary (independent public) hospitals and its geographic reach includes the greater Dublin area and the counties of Wicklow, Wexford, Meath and Westmeath. IEHG is the largest Group consisting of 11 acute hospitals serving up to one quarter of the population of Ireland.
Hospital groups are still in the early stages of organisation and we hope to move towards independent status, in line with Government policy. We are also forging close links with primary care practitioners and community colleagues across our network. This is essential as the diseases of the 21st Century will largely be treated outside a hospital setting.
We are working on the future strategy for IEHG which will emphasise the safe delivery of services combined with the most efficient use of resources. This will feed into the national planning process as part of the Government’s plan to develop a ten year view of health through an all-party consensus,
I am very proud of the doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, management /administrative and support staff who work in the IEHG hospitals. Their dedication and commitment has been unstinting over the past number of difficult years.