New Regional Executive Officers appointed for HSE

Canavan appointed for HSE West & North West region

Six recently appointed Regional Executive Officers for the six new HSE health regions will take up their new roles on March 1st next. HSE CEO Bernard Gloster announced details of the appointments as part of implementing Sláintecare.

Each REO (Regional Executive Officer) will be the accountable officer at Health Region level, responsible for the delivery of high-quality, safe, and accessible services for the population of their region.

Following a Public Appointments Service-led process, the HSE CEO is appointing: Sara Long as REO, HSE Dublin and North East; Martina Queally as REO, HSE Dublin and South East; Kate Killeen White as REO, HSE Dublin and Midlands; Tony Canavan as REO, HSE West and North West; Dr Andy Phillips as REO, HSE South West, and Sandra Broderick is in post as REO, HSE Mid West.

HSE CEO Bernard Gloster said: “The move to the new regions, and a reformed and repurposed HSE Centre, represents a considerable change to our organisational structures.

“I am confident we have assembled a strong team of the six most senior officials in the HSE, reporting directly to me. Individually and collectively, they bring a broad range of skills and experience, placing them as the healthcare experts who will lead the next phase of health service delivery in Ireland”.

Mr Gloster added: “I want to emphasise that structural change is not the main goal of this reform. The idea behind reorganising our structures is to ensure that people experience just one health service, providing whatever care they need at the right time and in the right place. When we talk about ‘integrated care’, this is what we mean”.

He concluded by thanking the HSE staff around the country for their support and hard work “as we transition this year”.

Who is Tony Canavan?

Tony Canavan is the CEO of the Saolta University Health Care Group. He has worked in the health services in the West for over 30 years.

Over that time he has held a number of appointments with the Western Health Board in Mental Health Services, the Department of Public Health, Primary Care Services and Acute Hospital Services.

What’s his career background?

In 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the first Hospital Group in the country, known then as the Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group, which subsequently became the Saolta Group and was extended to include Letterkenny and Sligo.

In 2015, he became Chief Officer of Community Healthcare West, before returning to the Saolta Group four years later as CEO. Tony will take up his role as Regional Executive Officer, HSE West and North West on March 1st 2024.

Where does HSE West and North West cover?

HSE West and North West will serve the people of Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, West Cavan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.