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Whitfield’s Women in Healthcare and Medicine


International Women’s Day on March 8th celebrates the great achievements of women in Ireland and abroad, and Whitfield is celebrating the achievements of women in the fields of healthcare and medicine.


Since 2006 this award-winning hospital has been delivering high quality, patient-centred care to the people of the South East.  Located in Butlerstown on the Cork Road, Whitfield employs over 350 staff of which over 200 are women.


At Whitfield it’s not hard to be aware of the influence of some of the brilliant women who shaped the face of medicine and global healthcare; from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale to scientist Marie Cure, and the first US female doctor Elizabeth Blackwell to Nobel Prize winner Gerty Cori.


Whitfield champions female leadership in the healthcare industry. The roles women hold at Whitfield are diverse and multi-faceted and are highly accomplished healthcare and business leaders. From consultants to clinical managers, to business managers to nurses and various allied health professionals, they all manage different activities that are critical to the smooth and safe running of the hospital. Female leaders also make up 60% of the senior management team at Whitfield.


Clinical managers at Whitfield play a pivotal role in the delivery of the highest standard of patient-led healthcare. Trish Lane; Chief Nursing Officer is tasked with maintaining the highest clinical and patient care standards. Eileen Walker; Chief Orthopaedic Nursing Officer drives orthopaedic best practice standards at Whitfield. Tara Grant; Quality & Safety Manager is responsible for achieving and retaining excellence in quality and safety standards. Catherine Kelly; Chief Pharmacist is the medication safety advocate across the hospital and manages the hospital pharmacy services.


Business managers at Whitfield have a key role in contributing to the organisation's business success. Nuala Walsh; HR Manager is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Whitfield’s human resource functions. Mary Phelan; Finance Manager oversees the financial operations of Whitfield, Jacquie Carew; Revenue Accountant leads Whitfield’s revenue team. Frances Carey; Diagnostics and GP Business Manager oversees business development in the expanding diagnostics department.


While these roles are diverse they all share a common goal of the pursuit of best practice and supporting staff in their dedication to providing Whitfield patients with the best level of care possible. Whitfield’s team of female clinical and business managers agree that these careers are both rewarding and challenging with and highly recommend career’s in the healthcare industry.  “We believe that the collaboration of female leaders empowers us to achieve greatness, this team consists of strong female leaders with a vision, a willingness to think and learn, and an ability to persist in the face of barriers.”


Since opening in 2006 Whitfield continually strives to provide the best level of private patient care in the South East region. This standard of quality is endorsed by CHKS accreditation and ISO 9001:2008 certification, the first private hospital in Ireland and the UK to achieve this prestigious dual award. Whitfield was also the first hospital in Ireland and the UK to achieve ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Certification. Such prestigious awards are something Whitfield is very proud of.


Services are growing rapidly and along with 60 consultants, a further 300 medical, surgical and administrative professionals are employed.  Whitfield provides 40 private beds, a 24 bed day surgery unit, five operating theatres, two endoscopy suites and an oncology day ward along with a wide range of diagnostic and support provisions including MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray and CT.


To find out more about Whitfield visit or call 051 – 337400.