Designated chair of Portlaoise hospital downgrade committee gets promotion

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Trevor O'Callaghan, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Chief Executive.

A health service manager who was designated to chair a committee to radically reconfigure Portlaoise hospital is the new Chief Executive of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG).

In a statement, the DMHG said it was 'pleased to announce that Mr Trevor O’Callaghan has been appointed Group CEO replacing Dr Susan O’Reilly who formally retired on the January 6.

In his role he will oversee seven hospitals which have a €1 billion budget. They are: Tallaght, St James, Tullamore, Naas, Portlaoise, the Coombe and St Luke's.

"Mr O’Callaghan has been a key member of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Executive Management Team since 2015 as the Chief Operations Officer providing operational and strategic support and engagement for the Group and its hospitals.

"He brings a wealth of experience spanning 26 years in Irish health services with accountability and responsibility as General Manager of the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar for more than 12 years," said a statement.

Mr O'Callaghan was designated by his predecessor as the chairman of a steering committee that would see services withdrawn from Portlaoise hospital.

A&E, ICU, maternity, paediatrics and most surgery would all be removed under the 'the Development of an action plan for a new model of clinical service delivery in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group'. The controversial plan was leaked before Christmas.

An appendix to the plan set out a structure for implementation. The programme's 'sponsor' would be the lead author of the plan, Dr Susan O'Reilly, in her capacity as Chief Executive. The plan says the sponsor's role is to 'ensure the programme meets the defined objectives and delivers expected benefits'. The sponsor will oversee a steering committee which would oversee a programme management office.

The plan said Mr O'Callaghan, 'shall act as her delegate' and that he would chair the steering committee.

Mr O'Callaghan has a Masters in Health Service Management from Trinity College, The University of Dublin and a BA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration.

That DMHG statement said that on publication of the first Group Strategic Plan, Mr O’Callaghan said he looked forward to further strengthening the existing and proactive relationships across all hospitals to deliver high quality services for our patient population of approximately 800,000 through our 11,000 committed workforce.

"Mr O’Callaghan renewed the hospital group's commitment to improve hospital access and capacity, the strengthening of cooperation and integration with hospital and community partners, a renewed focus on staff development, improved patient experience; and to delivering an ambitious academic and healthcare model with our academic partners Trinity College, the University of Dublin," said a statement.

he Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023 here