Margaret's expertise to ensure Aut Even Private Hospital, Kilkenny prospers

Margaret's expertise to ensure Aut Even Private Hospital, Kilkenny prospers
Sean Keanesean.keane@kilkennypeople.ieSeanKeaneKPnews

The announcement last week of an €8 million investment in Aut Even Private Hospital, Kilkenny had the print of Margaret Swords all over it.

The dynamic new CEO of the hospital identified the key area of diagnostics at Aut Even and the need for more specialised scanning.

The new unit will include the most technologically advanced diagnostic equipment available on the market.

The purpose built radiology suite will have a new MRI (Magnetic Resource Imaging), with Cardiac MR capability, CT (Computed Tomography), X-Ray and Ultrasound machines.

Patients can be confident they will scanned using only state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Margaret sees it as an important step in the development of the South East's longest established private hospital - One of the respected names in Irish medicine.

And with 35 years experience in acute hospitals, the last 20 in senior management positions, she is better placed than many to address existing problems, exploit developing trends and underpin the continued growth and success of Aut Even.

The Meath woman has been a breath of fresh air since her appointment in January of this year.

She is focused on supporting existing specialities but also on growing new ones that meet the needs of an ageing population.

"Developing a Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) and a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), in consultation with our GPs and our Consultants, is something I'm excited about," she said.

"We are also striving to make it easier for local people to access local expertise of the highest standard and to grow and nurture our amazing staff,” she added.

“My vision for Aut Even Hospital is one that reaches far into the future, to continue providing high quality care to the patients of Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and further afield for the next 100 years," she said.

Along with the announcement of an €8 million investment into the hospital over the next three years, my vision is to continue to bring the highest standards of care to Aut Even and to continue with the homely yet highly professional ambiance," she added.

Margaret who holds an MSc from Trinity College was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI) Hospitals Group.

Prior to that she worked as General Manager at the Louth Meath Hospitals Group and Deputy CEO and was head of Operations at one of the busiest hospitals in the country, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Neither is she afraid of a challenge and led the significant reconfiguration of services in Louth County and Our Lady of Lourdes

hospitals.