On 15 December 2017, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) hosted their first international Lean Summit, Adopting Lean for Healthcare Transformation, at Farmleigh House in Dublin. The year-end summit enabled IEHG to share their collective Lean transformation vision for the Group, as well as the stories to date from staff and patients who have engaged with Lean process improvement methodology in various IEHG hospitals.
The summit was also an opportunity to hear from international partners who have supported IEHG on this journey to date and who are also on a similar journey using Lean to transform their services. These included Elaine Mead, CEO of NHS Highland, Alicia Schulhof, Senior Vice President of the Transformation Office at Indiana University Health (IUH), and Dr. Byron Scott MD, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Simpler Consulting, IBM Watson Health and also Board Member for the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Over 100 delegates from across the Group’s 11 hospitals engaged in the day-long information sessions.
On Friday, 15th
September the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, a part of the Ireland
East Hospital Group, launched the opening of their new state-of-the-art Next
Generation Sequencing (NGS) Laboratory. The new Gene Sequencing Equipment was
donated to the Mater Hospital by Shabra Charity keeping the promise of the late
Oliver Brady, co-founder of the charity and popular businessman and horse
This world class Next Generation Gene Sequencing Laboratory will house gene sequence equipment enabling germline testing for the Irish population. Patients and families suffering from heart disease, blindness and cancer, specifically BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 cancer patients will benefit from genetic testing provided by this equipment and NGS Laboratory.
On December 22nd, 2016, the Ireland East Hospital Group launched their Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2016-2019.
Speaking at the event, Mary Day, CEO IEHG said, "Good health depends upon a number of factors; the social, economic and environmental, the physical environment and the individual’s characteristics and behaviours. Our plan provides a blueprint for preventative and responsive action.
In collaboration with our eleven hospitals we have worked together to define our priorities while recognising the need for local systems to work in partnership for the long-term."
The programme reflects the importance of action to promote healthy lifestyles, to build and reinforce the knowledge and skills upon which our staff and communities can make lifelong healthy decisions.
Mary Day went on to thank Fidelma McHale and Eimer Flynn for their work in developing this plan.
"Full implementation of this plan will take several years but I believe that our strategies will ensure our shared vision will be realised," added Ms Day.
Refurbishment of the DRT and Eye Casualty was launched in early September 2016. The facility is located in the old part of the Mater Hospital. The department has greater capacity for outpatients and will deliver a better service and care for patients.
On Friday, August 12, 2016 the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD visited his constituent hospital St. Columcille's in Loughlinstown. As part of the visit newly appointed General Manager, Linda O'Leary and many staff and patients enthusiastically greeted the Minister. General Manager, Linda O'Leary outlined the New Development Programme which has been established for St. Columcille’s Hospital and the tour successfully demonstrated that the hospital has an important role to fulfill in the provision of acute and rehabilitative services in South Dublin and County Wicklow.
On 29 June 2016, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) launched its Clinical Academic Directorate for Cancer Care in the Kevin Barry Gallery Charles Institute in UCD, positioning it as the largest cancer care centre in the country, serving a population of 1.1 million people.
The launch of the Clinical Academic Directorate for Cancer Care will leverage the considerable expertise of St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. It will deliver state of the art cancer care to patients, in terms of the range, depth and complexity of care required.
The Dr. Jim Mahon Library and Education Centre and the Susie Long Day Services Unit at St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow- Kilkenny were officially opened in October 2015 by the then Minister of State with Responsibility for Rural Economic Development and Social Enterprise, Ann Phelan T.D.
These are the first departments of the extensive new €21 million capital development of the Hospital to be officially opened and it is planned that all services transferring will have been moved incrementally on a planned basis by the end of the year, including the Emergency Department, Acute Medical Assessment Unit, Hepatology and Oncology departments.