MARYMOUNT University Hospital and Hospice has announced plans to develop its current education centre into a research and education institute.
The initiative is part of the service’s strategic plan for the next seven years.
The hospice aims to develop relationships further with academic partners, deliver a project for awareness and benefits of palliative care and engage in “collaborative, essential and ground-breaking research”.
Marymount is the oldest training site in Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) for specialist medicine and provides interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate placements.
The service said it owes it to the community and its patients to grow this body of knowledge further, and that grants and funding opportunities to support this element of our business will be actively sought.
Last week, Marymount launched its seven-year strategy; an ambitious but cost-effective plan to deliver excellence in caring for elderly and provision of SPC services to patients and families.
Kieran Barry, chairman Board of Directors, said the strategy, which has been endorsed by the HSE, was “formulated to address gaps in services and to excel in the services we provide.”
Speaking at the launch, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Chief Executive Officer, Ger Reaney said:
“Marymount University Hospital and Hospice are a valued partner of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare in the delivery of palliative and older people services.
“We welcome the initiative of the Board in preparing a Strategy to plan for the increasing demographic needs of both of these groups.”
Marymount CEO Sarah McCloskey added:
“Success in palliative care addresses access/equity; it focuses on quality of life alongside complex symptom management.
“We know we can deliver more services, we know that it is cost effective for us to do more and we are acutely aware of the increasing demand for our services,” she said.