Donegal woman shortlisted for top healthcare award
BY SUE DOHERTY
Anne McNeely of Frosses has been given national recognition for her outstanding efforts to change the course of tomorrow for patients in Ireland.
The Developing Leadership Potential programme at Beaumont Hospital, which she heads, is one of 15 inspirational and important projects from the healthcare sector which have been shortlisted in the inaugural Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards. The programme was one of the three projects shortlisted in the Leadership category. As a result of being shortlisted, Anne, who is Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Organisational Development at Beaumont Hospital, and some of her colleagues will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Dublin on Monday, January 31st. Each of the winners of five categories will receive a specially-commissioned trophy and a €1,000 educational/research grant.
The MSc in Organizational Change was devised by the senior team in Beaumont Hospital in conjunction with Dublin City University and the Royal College of Surgeons, and is the first of its kind within Irish health services. The initiative is a critical element in developing leaders to create and bring about change. The core objective is to empower and develop managers to ensure that Beaumont Hospital is central to meeting the health needs of the local community and develop world class services for Regional and National Specialities Building. The project has changed tomorrow by leading to the development of new services, outstanding cost savings, increased patient activity, and the establishment of an Academic Health Centre.
The Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards, which are in their first year, were set up to recognise exceptional work being undertaken by professionals working in health to change tomorrow for their patients, in whatever field or aspect of healthcare that they are involved in. Close to 100 entries for the Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards were entered nationwide, varying from advocacy groups, doctors, nurses, patient groups, hospital administrators and physiotherapists; highlighting the commitment and day to day efforts to the improvement of the provision of healthcare to patients in Ireland.
Anne McNeely, Frosses, who has been short-listed for a prestigous national healthcare award.