Sunday 17 November 2019

Chief executive of St Vincent's Hospital to step down

Nicholas Jermyn St.Vincent's University Hospital
Nicholas Jermyn St.Vincent's University Hospital

Eilish O’Regan, Health Correspondent

Nicholas Jermyn, the chief executive of St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, is to step down from his €136,282  job from Monday.

Mr Jermyn is to remain as group chief executive of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group which includes the public and private hospitals as well as St Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

In an email to staff he said:” My decision was taken in the context of the developments in recent months, and to ensure that all the staff in the hospital can continue to focus on providing our patients with the care and attention they deserve.

“I am in discussions with the Board about my future role. Although I am no longer responsible for the University Hospital, I remain as Group CEO of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

 “From Tuesday April 1, the board has asked Kilian McGrane to be interim CEO of the University hospital, pending the appointment a permanent CEO.

“As you know, Kilian is currently the chief operating officer and, together with the senior management team and the executive management team, will ensure the hospital continues to provide safe, quality care to our patients.

 “It has been privilege to be CEO of this wonderful public hospital for the past 20 years, and to work with such a committed and dedicated group of staff, providing the best possible care to our patients.

“I know you will continue to fulfil the mission of our hospital in the days, months and years ahead,” he added.

The decision by Mr Jermyn to resign from the public hospital follows an agreement with the HSE in the wake of the top-ups controversy.

St Vincent's disclosed just before Christmas that Mr Jermyn was receiving a pay package of more than €292,000 euro a year.

Some €136,282 euro is from the public sector with €136,951 euro from the private sector and a privately funded car allowance of €19,796 on top.

The hospital said none of the top-up came from charity funds but from the proceeds of its commercial private operations.

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