20th June 2017

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Golden Lane Dublin 8 


08.15   Conference Welcome and Introduction

Bill Maher , Chairperson,Private Hospitals Association

Opening Address 

Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health


08.45   Session 1: Planning and Investing now for future patient needs

Chaired by Margaret Swords , Chairperson designate, Private Hospitals Association.  


09.45   Session 2:        Continuous Improvement in Health Care Quality

Chaired by Alec Blaney FRCSI, Clinical Director of Quality & Patient Safety, Mater Private Group

  • Paula Wilson – President & CEO, Joint Commission International

  • Ciarán Breen – Director, State Claims Agency


10.45   Morning Coffee


11.15 Session 3:          Policy Panel – ‘The future of healthcare’

Facilitator Simon Nugent, Chief Executive, Private Hospitals Association.

A panel of invited guests will discuss the prospects for healthcare reform

Prof. Francis Ruane,Jack Chambers TD,Frank Dolphin,Vincent Barton

12.15   Session 4:        Private Health Insurance – what patients will expect and how we all must adapt.  

Chaired by Mr James O’Donoghue, CEO Blackrock Clinic

  • John O’Dwyer – CEO, VHI

  • Jim Dowdall – Managing Director, Irish Life Health


13.00   Networking Luncheon


14.00   Keynote:

             Arne Bjornberg, Health Consumer Powerhouse


14.45   Session 5:     Insights for the future – Showcase of Innovations in Private Hospitals

Chaired by Loretto Callaghan ,Novartis Ireland MD & Country President 

Mike Tonery, Bon Secours Hospital Dublin – “Pillcam

Michelle Hardiman, Galway Clinic, – “Complete Electronic Nursing Record

Gillian Moore, Hermitage Clinic – “Cyberknife

Caroline Hynes, St John of God Hospital – “A Partnership for Learning

Stephen Brennan, Orthopaedic Surgeon,  Bon Secours Cork – “Robotic Surgery


15.30   Closing Remarks

Simon Nugent – Chief Executive, Private Hospitals Association

Coffee and Networking