Jason Kenny, Hospital Manager, Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County, Dr Siobhan Grimes, Clinical Director, and Limerick senior hurling captain Declan Hannon PICTURE: DIARMUID GREENE
A PRIVATE Limerick city hospital has launched its “state-of-the-art” €6m enhancement to the facility and its clinical services this week.
Launched by Mayor James Collins and All-Ireland hurling captain Declan Hannon, the major redevelopment sees an improvement of accessibility and will see an enhancement in radiology, theatre, endoscopy and ICT units.
Bon Secours Health System CEO, Bill Maher said that every step they take in Limerick is “underpinned by our patient-first approach”.
“This investment is a perfect example of that as one of the first things we targeted when we came on board was the development of a new reception area to improve accessibility. Patients will now be able to access the building through a state-of-the-art entrance and reception area in a facility that will match the standard of care delivered at the hospital,” he said.
The hospital had 17,000 admissions of inpatients and day-cases last year as well as thousands more consultation visits.
Hospital manager Jason Kenny said that patients and staff will benefit from the €6m investment.
“We are a patient-first hospital but what’s good for the patient is also good for staff. We have an outstanding group of people working here, delivering expert care day in day out, and they deserve to have the type of state-of-the-art facilities that we are unveiling today. It’s a very positive move for the hospital, for Limerick and the wider region and is a strong signal of what we want to achieve here.”
Limerick hurling captain Declan Hannon spoke of the close relationship already between the GAA and the hospital.
“When you’re involved in sport at an intense level like we are, visits to hospitals are regular enough occurrences for scans on injuries.
“This hospital is a very familiar place for Limerick hurlers as we come here for those scans. If we get injured on a Tuesday night in training, we are in here on Wednesday morning to get a very quick read of our injury and straight into rehab. So, this hospital plays a very important role in our season and it’s great to see such a positive investment in place here already.”
Mayor Collins said that in a growing city like Limerick, it is essential that “we have a private hospital on a scale and standard that Bon Secours Health System operates at”.
Bon Secours Health System Chairman Peter Lacey said: “We were here as recently as last August launching Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging at the hospital and to be back here so quickly afterwards with this big investment illustrates Bon Secours Health System’s commitment to this hospital and Limerick.
“This is an investment in patients, in staff, the city and the region and we are looking forward to making an increasingly positive impact going forward.”