Thursday 17 October 2019

Thirty years of serving the community

Tom Clarkin, Michelle Murphy Galavan, Fr. Michael Mernagh, Frances Ryan and Seamus Kenendy
Tom Clarkin, Michelle Murphy Galavan, Fr. Michael Mernagh, Frances Ryan and Seamus Kenendy
Martina McCarthy, Waterford, Lily Barry and Breda O’Neill, Cushinstown
Maureen Simpson, England, Maureen Mernagh, Sissy Power, England and Kate Mernagh, Glenmore

David Looby

New Ross Community Hospital celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party for residents and staff, which was enjoyed by all.

It was a weekend of reminiscence, music and celebrations.

A special mass was celebrated and directors of the hospital, together with the Director of Nursing Michelle Murphy Galavan, staff, residents and their families welcomed founding members and supporters back to the place they worked so tirelessly to keep open.

30 years on New Ross Community Hospital is a legacy to their work, commitment and vision.

On January 16, 1989, New Ross Community Hospital opened its doors to the local community.

The hospital was formed in response to the people's concerns following the closure of the District Hospital by the South Eastern Health Board.

Five elected members of New Ross Urban District Council rallied to keep the District Hospital open, when this effort failed they made an application to lease the hospital premises, they were successful in this endeavour.

New Ross Community Hospital was formed as a company limited by guarantee, a registered charity to be run by a voluntary Board of Directors with a Director of Nursing appointed for the day-to-day management of the hospital.

The aim of the hospital was to provide 24 hour nursing care for the local community in a place residents could regard as a home from home.

Today in 2019 New Ross Community Hospital provides long-term and short-term care supported by dedicated staff, GPs from the town, multi-disciplinary teams and volunteers.

Any profit generated is put back into the hospital to enhance its' services and facilities. Fees for the beds are set well below sector rates.

In recent times a major new build and refurbishments have been carried out. These works have been actively supported, encouraged and assisted by very generous and welcome contributions from the community and environs.

Ms Murphy Galavan said: 'New Ross Community Hospital is living proof of what can be achieved when a community works together to achieve a common goal; its' motto is "For the Community - By the Community." Thank you to everyone who has supported the hospital over the years; your support is deeply appreciated.'

New Ross Standard