Professor Geraldine McCarthy appointed Chairperson of the South/South West Hospital Group
President of University College Cork, Dr. Michael Murphy, has today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, on the appointment of Prof. Geraldine McCarthy as Chairperson of the South/South West Hospital Group. Congratulating Prof. McCarthy on her appointment, President Murphy said, “Prof. McCarthy’s role will strengthen the linkages that already exist between the acute hospitals and University College Cork across the South/South West region.”
Geraldine McCarthy was founding Professor and Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery which was established in University College Cork (UCC) in 1994. From 2010 to 2011 she held the post as Acting Head of the College of Medicine and Health at UCC providing strategic leadership in research and educational programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Therapies, Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery. She has held a variety of other positions in Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada. She holds a MEd from TCD, MSN and PhD degrees in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She has been a member of a number of national and EU bodies including the Commission on Nursing, The Nurse Education Forum and the Task Force on undergraduate medical education, as well as the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Fulbright Commission. She has published over 120 papers and has presented at national and international conferences. Her research interests include those associated with management and chronic disease self-care especially in elderly care. In addition she was a member of the non-executive Advisory Board for the Reconfiguration of the Health Services in the Southern Region.
Prof. John Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of the College of Medicine and Health, UCC, commented ‘We are really delighted that Prof. McCarthy has agreed to chair the South/South West Hospital Group. Her guidance, know-how and clinical acumen will make a significant contribution to the work of this Hospital Group as it seeks to provide a fully integrated structure for the delivery of patient care, teaching, research and innovation. I wish Prof. McCarthy the very best in her new role and look forward to working with her on how we might together explore the use of an academic health centre model to provide governance for the group.”