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Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, TD, has announced the appointment of nine members to the Children’s Hospital Group Board.

The Children’s Hospital Group Board has been established on a non-statutory or administrative basis and will play a key role in ensuring the new children’s hospital, which is to be co-located with St James’s Hospital on its campus, is optimally designed and completed as swiftly as possible.

The new Board members will join existing Chair, Dr Jim Browne, in overseeing the integration of the three existing Dublin paediatric hospitals – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Children’s University Hospital Temple Street; and the National Children’s Hospital, part of Tallaght Hospital – into one entity.

The appointments include the existing chairs of the three paediatric hospitals, consistent with the Higgins report on Hospital Groups. They are:

  • Mr John Hennessyis representing the Chair of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Mr Hennessy is Chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) since 2011. He is also a board member of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), deputy Chairman and board member of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Chairman of the Chartered Directors Network, and board member of St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
  • Mr Michael Scanlanis Chair of the Tallaght Hospital Board. He is a former Assistant Secretary in the Department of Finance and Secretary General in the Department of Health. Mr Scanlan also served as Secretary to the “Gleeson” and “Buckley” Review Bodies, The Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector.
  • Mr Sean Sheehanis Chair of the Board of Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants. He worked a locum Accounts and Finance Director at Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital before joining Brother Ireland in 1987 as Financial Controller. He later became Managing Director of the Irish subsidiary of Brother International in 1994 until his retirement in March of this year.
  • Dr Jim Shmerlingis Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital Colorado since January 2007. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and is Chair-Elect of Children’s Hospital Association His most recent position was as the Chief Executive Officer of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr Shmerling is a Fellow in the College of Health Care Executives and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Hospital Administration program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Ms Catherine Guyis Managing Partner of law firm, Byrne Wallace. She specialises in commercial property development projects and prior to her appointment as Managing Partner in June 2012, she was Head of the Firms’ Property and Construction Department, working with a wide range of clients on large scale commercial investment and development projects.
  • Ms Cathriona Hallahanis General Manager of Microsoft Ireland. She sits on the executive council of the Irish Dance Council and is a non-executive director of VHI, chair of its Audit Committee and member of its Cost Committee. She is a former council member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and was Business Woman of the Year in 2009.
  • Dr John Jenkins CBEwas consultant paediatrician at the Waveney Hospital, Ballymena and is a senior lecturer in child health at Queen’s University Belfast and an honorary consultant paediatrician at the Royal. He was a member of the General Medical Council from 2003-2012, chaired the GMC Postgraduate Board and previously chaired the GMC Standards and Ethics Committee.
  • Ms Nicola Byrneis CEO and founder of 11890 & Stenics Media. She is also a board member of the Ireland US Council, a board member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Board Member of Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, an Ambassador in Europe for Female Entrepreneurship and previous Chairperson of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2012
  • Ms Marian Quinnis Chief Executive Officer of the Childhood Development Initiative in Tallaght an organisation that supports the delivery of a range of early intervention and prevention programmes to improve outcomes for children in disadvantaged areas. She has worked in the youth service and Youthreach, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Justice. Ms Quinn is also a qualified Life and Business Coach.

The Minister said “I am delighted to announce these appointments, which ensure that the necessary capital development skills are available to drive this priority project to completion. I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work undertaken by officials from my Department and from the HSE who have brought the project forward since January and ensured that a strong start has been made in respect of site preparation, pre-application planning discussions and design team procurement”.