Brother Donatus and Pope Francis med res

Provincial Brother Donatus Forkan was among members of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers who met with Pope Francis last month. The Council gathered from 24th– 26thMarch in Rome to evaluate its work over the past five years and plan for the future. Each council member was presented individually to the Pope who spoke to the entire group on the nature of suffering and the fragility of human life.

The Pope’s Speech to the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
“It is true that in suffering no-one is ever alone”…..“as God in his merciful love for mankind and for the world also embraces the most inhuman situations, in which the image of the Creator present in every person appears to be obscured or disfigured. Thus was Jesus, in his Passion. … And here, in the Passion of Jesus, there is the greatest school for whoever wishes to dedicate him to the service of his sick and suffering brethren”.
“The experience of fraternal sharing with those who suffer opens us to the true beauty of human life, which includes its fragility. In the protection and promotion of life, in whatever state and condition it may be found, we can recognise the dignity and the value of each single human being, from conception to natural death”.

The Pope concluded by encouraging those present always to keep in mind “the flesh of Christ in the poor, in those who suffer, in children, including those who are unwanted, in people with physical or mental handicaps, and in the elderly”.

Stories med res

The Link Initiative which "twins" staff at Hospitaller Services Group Headquarters with our services in Ireland has resulted in an innovative publication. A member of the ICT Department, Michael Jordan is link person for Saint John of God Hospital. Together with Director of Nursing Lesley Vard (centre) and Head of Occupational Therapy Orlaith Donoghue (right), he has developed a photo-book called “Stories From The Other Side”.

This compilation by patients of their experiences at the hospital is illustrated with photos of their work in Art, Woodcraft, Cookery, Gardening and many other activities. The book has been presented as a new hospital initiative to the Mental Health Commission and there are plans to develop a digital version. A copy is on display in reception at Hospitaller House. 

The book cover and some inside pages are shown below.

 Story Cover
 Story Spread
 Story Spread 2
 Story Spread pics 1

Jean Mullin (right) is manager of the recently formed Procurement Department  and  along with assistant  Cristina Gheorghe, is currently implementing some HSE Frameworks and tendering for new services and supplies for Saint John of God Hospitaller Services Group. 

The first issue of Procurement News, the Department newsletter is now available. Issued on a quarterly basis, it will give details of the supplies and services being tendered and contracted for. 

Please contact Jean or Cristina on their emails or on 01 277 1629 with any queries

 Nursing Home Job Initiative

Best wishes to everyone taking part in this new pilot project which was launched on 11th February by an Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD, The aim is to support disadvantaged jobseekers in gaining skills, experience and qualifications to meet the increasing demand for workers in the elderly care sector. The initiative will run over two years. Pictured are Anna Ruth-Duane (STEP), Frieda Kavanagh (Carmona Services), Jennifer Clarke (STEP), Aidan Gannon (STEP) with Stefan Engemann and Elwira Plominska of Tús.

The pilot project will cover job coaching, opportunities to gain practical work experience and FETAC Level 5 ‘Health Service Skills’ training. The end result should be job seekers who are confident as care providers who can contribute to different sectors in the care industry. Participants in the project are from STEP, Southside Partnership and Carmona Services. Our partners in the project are St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Open Training College, Southside Partnership and IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment). 

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