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Monday, 3rd September 2007 - Minister Cullen lays Foundation Stone for New Medical Education Facility in Waterford Regional Hospital

03 September 2007

The foundation stone for a new €4.2 million medical education facility at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) was laid today by Minister Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs. The new facility, which is being jointly funded by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Health Services Executive (HSE), is designed to enhance the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical personnel in the South East.

Pictured from l to r are Professor Gerald O'Sullivan, President of RCSI and Mr. Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

Due to be completed in July 2008, the new Academic Teaching Centre will provide state of the art facilities for RCSI undergraduate students attending their clinical rotations in Waterford. This will include a 194 seat lecture theatre, a large teaching/seminar room, tutorial and reading rooms for interactive teaching and other administrative and ancillary services. Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hospital in 1998, the College has been sending students in their final two years to WRH to attend clinical rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.

Pictured from l to r are Professor Gerald O'Sullivan, President of RCSI and Counsellor Mary O'Halloran, Mayor of Waterford

The new facility will also be available as a teaching and learning resource for all health and allied health professionals within the HSE’s acute south east hospital network, which is in line with key objectives set in its Capital Plan. It will help facilitate the provision of training and development opportunities for members of multidisciplinary teams and professional staff.

Minister Martin Cullen T.D. said “I am delighted to lay the foundation stone for this significant expansion project at Waterford Regional Hospital. By providing state-of-the-art teaching facilities, we are not only benefiting students – allowing them to further develop their clinical training and independent study - but also the staff at WRH and healthcare professionals throughout this entire region. This in turn will further enhance the delivery of healthcare services in the South East which will ultimately benefit local communities.”

Pictured from l to r are Professor Cathal kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI; Professor Gerald O'Sullivan, RCSI President and Dr. Donie Ormonde, Consultant Radiologist.

Mr. Richard Dooley, South East Hospital Network Manager with the Health Service Executive, said “Medical education is a process of lifelong learning that puts patients first, delivers the outcomes of the Health Service’s Transformation Programme and enables professionals to expand and fulfil their potential. The HSE is pleased to be financing close to fifty percent of this project in a partnership arrangement with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Turning the sod paves the way for a facility that will reflect what the public expect, and rightly so, that they receive care from practitioners who are up-to-date in their knowledge, thinking and skills.”

Pictured from l to r are Dr Terry McWade, Deputy CEO of RCSI; Professor Alan Johnson, Director of the Graduate Entry Programme, RCSI and Dr Riona Mulcahy, Senior Lecturer Medicine, WRH

Mr. Michael Horgan, CEO of RCSI said “As Ireland’s largest provider of medical and health sciences education, RCSI is committed to developing and improving the way in which medical education is delivered. This new centre will further strengthen the educational links and co-operation that exist between RCSI and the HSE and also between RCSI and WRH, which has established itself as one of our major teaching hospitals.”

Ms. Patricia Sullivan, General Manager of Waterford Regional Hospital said “Having such a feature on the hospital campus has the potential to attract and retain highly trained medical personnel for WRH and the HSE’s acute hospital network in the south east.”

Pictured from l to r are Dr Terry McWade, Deputy CEO of RCSI; Mr Joe O'Beirne, RCSI Council & Orthopedic Surgeon, WRH; Mr Michael Hogan, CEO of RCSI; Dr Fred Jackson, RCSI Undergraduate Dean & Consultant, WRH; Prof Gerald O'Sullivan, President of RCSI.

Dr. Fred Jackson, Consultant Haematologist and RCSI Dean of Undergraduate Studies at WRH said “There is a strong commitment from staff and management at WRH with regards to developing further educational facilities in the South East. This new facility will make the Waterford and south east region attractive to Medical Consultants.”

The Dean, Faculty of Medicine, RCSI, Professor Cathal Kelly, addressing the gathering

Pictured from l to r are Dr Gregory Leonard, Consultant Oncologist, WRH and Dr Lorraine McConway, Consultant Physician, WRH

Pictured from l tor are Dr Rob Landers, Chairman, Medical Board, WRH; Dr Simon Crosse, Senior Lecturer Surgery, RCSI & WRH; Mr Gordon Watson, Council Member RCSI; Dr Ian Kelly, Senior Lecturer Radiology RCSI & WRH.