June 2nd 2017 Liam Dowdall has been appointed the new Chairman of the Board of Tallaght Hospital. He has been a Non-Executive Director of the Hospital Board since 2011 and was until recently the Vice Chairman of the Board. He was officially appointed Chairman on 22nd May 2017, taking over from outgoing Chairman, Michael Scanlan.
Liam is a Director in the Restructuring & Recovery Department of Smith & Williamson. With qualifications in Business Studies and a Master’s of Arts, his background in business has seen him spend over 30 years working in the Corporate Recovery field and 27 years working with BDO including five years as Managing Partner. Between 1997 and 2009, Liam was the Partner in Charge of BDO’s Corporate Recovery Unit. Liam also has sectoral experience in healthcare, construction and hospitality and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as being a licensed Insolvency Practitioner in the UK and Northern Ireland.
Liam Dowdall commented, “It is a great honour to take up the position of Chairman of the Tallaght Hospital Board. This Hospital is such an important part of the local community and provides excellent care and treatment to its patients. I have enjoyed serving as Vice Chairman of the Board over the past few years and I am confident that I can bring this experience to the position of Chairman. I wish also to thank the outgoing Chairman, Michael Scanlan, for all the work he has done in this position.”
Outgoing Chairman Michael Scanlan added, “It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of the Tallaght Hospital Board and I look forward to seeing the Hospital continue to develop under the Chairmanship of Liam Dowdall. Liam has the right values and skills for the role and has already contributed a lot to Tallaght Hospital over many years. I wish him all the best in the work to come.”
CEO of Tallaght Hospital, David Slevin, said: “I would like to welcome Liam to his new position and to sincerely thank our outgoing Chairman, Michael Scanlan for his service and commitment. We have all greatly benefitted from his wisdom and leadership. At Tallaght Hospital, our guiding principle is “People Caring for People, and we try to put this into action every day in a variety of different ways. Our new Chairman will undoubtedly make use of his skills and experience to advance this motto even further. I and the management team of the Hospital are looking forward to working with him.”
About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with 2,600 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.
Tallaght Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.
A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght Hospital as part of the New Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.
The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 49,512 Adult Attendances and 33,717 Paediatric Attendances in 2016. A further 252,418 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2016. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.