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St.Vincent’s Healthcare Group

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group Annual Report 2020

St. Vincent’s University Hospital is part of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group which also includes St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Elm Park and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire. The new National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC, when built, will be a hospital within St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group offers a unique multi-disciplinary approach to patient care in the country’s only integrated multi-hospital campus. The Group provides front-line, acute, chronic and emergency care across over 50 different medical and surgical specialities. The hospitals are an integral part of services in the region, providing local, regional and national services in designated specialties.

We are home to a number of national centres of excellence including National Centre for Cystic Fibrosis, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), National Liver Transplant Programme, National Pancreas Transplant Programme, the country’s leading Colorectal Surgical Unit and Ireland’s first multi-disciplinary Pelvic Floor Centre.

Our Values

At St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group we will strive to maintain excellence in clinical, multi-disciplinary care, education and research – and we will continue to develop our hospitals in line with these principles, and with our responsibilities to the wider Irish healthcare system.

We will treat each of our patients individually with dignity and respect recognising, at all times, the right of everyone to access the care and treatment they need to achieve the best possible healthcare outcomes – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

We will remain true to our values of human dignity, compassion, justice, quality and advocacy.


St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group is governed by a Board of Directors which is appointed by the shareholders. The Board consists of between two and fourteen members. The current Board membership is ten members, following the resignation of two representatives of the Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC) in 2017.

The Board of Directors approves the strategy of the Group and also approves the annual operating plans for each hospital. The Board also operates five committees with particular responsibilities for reporting to the Board on specific matters within the Group:

  • Audit Committee: responsible for reviewing all non-clinical audit-related issues.
  • Nominations and Remuneration Committee: responsible for reviewing the effective operation of the Board, and succession plans for the Board, its committees, and senior management, and the remuneration of senior management.
  • Public Hospitals Oversight Committee: responsible for all matters relating to the clinical, operational and financial affairs of SVUH and SMH.
  • Private Hospital Oversight Committee: responsible for all matters relating to the clinical, operational and financial affairs of SVPH.
  • Risk Advisory Committee: responsible for providing assurance that there are appropriate and effective systems in place to cover and manage all aspects of risk, quality and safety in the Group and its hospitals.

The current members of the Board of Directors are:

  • James Menton, Chair
  • John Compton
  • Gerard Flood
  • Ann Hargaden
  • Dr. John Holian
  • Myles Lee
  • Dr. Rhona Mahony
  • Nicola McCracken
  • Conal O’Halloran
  • Imelda Reynolds
  • Mark Ryan

Legal structure

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group (DAC) is an Irish company governed by Irish company law. Established in 2002, it is a private company, limited by shares which provides medical, surgical, nursing services, accommodation, education and research at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. The three hospitals are branches of the main company which has charitable status.

St. Vincent’s University Hospital was founded in 1834 by the Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC) who in 2022 transferred their shares to a newly formed company with charitable status called ‘St. Vincent’s Holdings (CLG)’.

St. Vincent’s Holdings CLG is a new company established by St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group. It is a not for profit with charitable status company which is governed by Irish Company Law.  The Directors of SVH CLG are Prof. Michael Keane, Ms. Sharen McCabe and Dr. David Brophy.

As a holding company, the oversight role of St. Vincent’s Holdings CLG includes:

  • To be a valuable part of an Irish healthcare system that achieves best outcomes for patients and their families regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or personal means.
  • To advance healthcare in Ireland, to benefit the community, by promoting medical education, medical research and patient care in all areas of medicine through St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group and its hospitals and to reflect compliance with national and international best practice guidelines on medical ethics and the laws of Ireland.