Limerick.ie's Q&A with Jason Kenny, following his appointment as Hospital Manager for Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons.
What is your background?
I have a Business and Procurement academic background and completed a Masters in Healthcare Management. I am currently studying for and completing an MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
I have spent all my working life in hospitals and enjoy the variety that the role offers each day.
Tell us about your new role?
I am honoured and privileged to be appointed as Hospital Manager for Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons (BSHLaB). I very much look forward to working with the team at the hospital in continuing to further the provision of care that took place under the former owner the late Paul O’Byrne, consultants and staff.
I also look forward to meeting and engaging with Limerick City and County Council, University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick Chamber and other stakeholders to progress our ‘2020 Plan’ to deliver advanced medicine and exceptional care to the people of Limerick and surrounding counties.
I’m looking forward to getting an understanding and insight into what makes Bon Secours Hospital at Barringtons the hospital it is today. The work completed by Paul O’Byrne and the team over the past 16 years has to be acknowledged and we need to cement this and further develop both the hospital and the services we offer over the coming years.
Together with the CEO Bill Maher and the senior management team we will develop a vision for the future and together with the staff implement a continuous quality improvement programme across the Hospital.
What are your aims as Hospital Manager?
The delivery of the 2020 Plan is very much on the cards for the Executive Management Team and Board.
The plan encompasses one vision, six strategic goals with 20 strategic initiatives.
This is a very ambitious and exciting plan which will include, amongst many other initiatives, an enhanced clinical governance and quality structure leading to a continuous learning culture embedded across the system and more engagement with our patients and GPs to ensure our services continue to meet their requirements.
This plan is supported by an overall €150m investment across the health system nationally over the next number of years of which Limerick is scheduled to benefit from in terms of new and improved infrastructural facilities together with ICT technological developments.
In addition to its current wide range of day services, BSHLaB provides overnight in-patient facilities for a range of specialties including; General Surgery, Urology, ENT, Gynaecology and Orthopaedic. Our Orthopaedic Joint Replacement Programme can result in patients being treated efficiently in an extremely timely manner.
And what about staff?
A particularly important part of the plan and one I am personally passionate about centres around our staff and how we engage continuously with them sharing knowledge, innovative ideas and acknowledging achievements. We are, at the end of the day, involved in the delivery of healthcare to patients which is a “service” delivered by “people” in this highly technological world we operate in. Thus we will aim to have healthcare delivered by a highly motivated, skilled and valued workforce.
And what about wider plans for the city, what role do you see Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons playing?
A strong focus for me will be to build and sustain strong relationships with the various stakeholders in Limerick and surrounding counties including the general practitioners, clinical consultants, educational institutions, Limerick Chamber of Commerce and and Limerick City and County Council. I will aim to have productive discussions with the local authority on how we in Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons can contribute and align our service plan with the wider Limerick 2030 An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick.
For more information visit www.bonsecours.ie.