Marymount University Hospital & Hospice is a company limited by guarantee and incorporates a service for older people as well as specialist palliative care services.

It is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, who were initially appointed by the Provincial of the Religious Sisters of Charity, but who elect subsequent directors themselves.  The Current Board of Directors as at April 2020 is made up of the following members with details of their specialisms:

  • Joe O’ Shea, Chairman, Finance
  • Ann Doherty, Cork City Manager
  • Dan Byrne, Business
  • Paddy McGlade, Engineering
  • Dr. Liam Plant, Medicine
  • Dr. Catherine Sweeney, Medicine and Education
  • Mr. Bernard Cronin, Senior HR
  • Margaret Murphy, Patient Advocacy
  • John Lucey SC, Barrister of Law
  • Peter O’ Sullivan, Business


The Board normally meets every two months, and has appointed several sub-committees to deal with specific areas of interest.  These committees are as follows:

  • The Executive Committee, have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the services. They ensure smooth and safe operations of all services. They meet monthly to review current operations including GDPR, quality, safety, relevant operational statistics, business issues, National agendas, finance and HR business. They are responsible for reviewing and implementing the strategic plan within given resources.
  • The Mission Committee, have responsibility for ensuring that the hospital operates in keeping with its the ethos, philosophy and core values
  • The Finance and Development Committee meet bi monthly and have responsibility for overseeing the financial affairs of the service, including fundraising and overseeing key strategic (capital) projects/developments. They are kept abreast of spends> 25K
  • The Audit Committee are a subcommittee of the finance/ development committee and membership is non-executive directors. There work includes salary reviews to ensure compliance.
  • The Arbitration Committee, has responsibility for advising the Board of Directors and service management on matters such as serious HR issues/ disciplinary/ complaints/ service concerns.
  • The Nomination Committee, has responsibility for monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the structure, size and composition of the Board. They nominate potential new Directors when rotation occurs.
  • The Quality & Safety Committee, have responsibility for overseeing data and information relating to quality, risk management and clinical audit, for example they review regulatory reports, clinical audits, incident trends, new policies, quality initiatives, complaints/ compliments.