AN Award winning initiative pioneered at Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) has the potential to slash Ireland's healthcare bill by a staggering €100 million.
The MPHC was this week unveiled as the winner of the prestigious best Public Health Initiative at the 2012 Irish Healthcare Awards for its ground- breaking Emergency Admission Risk Likelihood Index ( EARLI) intervention programme.
The project surveyed the needs of more than 1,100 elderly patients at the centre with the resulting data allowing Doctors to tailor individual treatment regimes for those at high-risk.
The initiative has led to a 30% reduction in hospital admissions, easing pressure on A&E departments by reducing waiting times and saving money.
An impact report, to be presented at MPHC next week, will detail how, if rolled out nationally, the EARLI programme will shave €100 million off the Irish healthcare budget. THE village of Donoughmore scooped the overall Pride of County Cork Award at the eighth annual Pride in our Community Competition Awards at Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig last week.
Their community sportsfield project, which includes a lighted walkway and four outdoor gym machines, really caught the eye of the judges.
Speaking after the presentation, Monica Kennedy of Donoughmore Community Council told how the idea of a community walk with lights emerged in 2012. "In recent years, the community pitch itself had been upgraded with the development of an all-weather training area, re-drained, seeded etc. and is now in superb condition," said Monica.
Local contractors Liam and Bill O'Sullivan and Eugene Honohan started work in August 2011 and by October the walk was complete. But Monica praised all the volunteers who brought the project to completion,
"With many hours of voluntary labour by all ages and from all sections of the community the whole area got a serious makeover," she said. IRD Duhallow funded the majority of the project (75%) and the balance of the funds was raised through the publication of the third edition of the Donoughmore Community Directory.
"We raised over €14,000 from the directory and we would like to offer a sincere thanks to the support of the local business community who took out advertising," said Monica.
"Funding for the exercise gym equipment came from the HSE, Care of the Aged and IRD Duhallow."
Also collecting an award was Kilworth Community Council. Their project comprised of paving over a greenfield site and including in this space a water feature and benches, all monitored by CCTV. The total cost of the project was close to €100,000.
North Cork was again in the awards when Dromina accepted the runners up award in teh same category in recognition of the sculptural piece entitled "Ag Fás Fós" depicting the way of life and activities as they evolve from generation to generation.
Mr Seamus Forde of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said the projects highlighted the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. It is no co-incidence, he said, that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots - beautiful scenery which lifts their spirits and hearts.