Message from the CEO
Croí was established in Galway in 1985 with the aim of supporting the development of cardiac services and facilities in the west of Ireland. At that time, patients on the western seaboard were disadvantaged in terms of access to advanced cardiac diagnostics and cardiac surgery.
In a relatively short period of time, due to enormously generous public support, Croí raised and invested substantial funds which helped transform key services and facilities at the west’s specialist cardiac centre in Galway University Hospital and in some of the referring hospitals in the region. Uniquely, over the years, Croí has impacted positively at virtually every level of cardiac care, from pre-hospital to post-hospital recovery & rehabilitation.
In recent years, Croí's mission has extended to the area of stroke, where the risk factors are virtually identical to those for heart disease. Significantly, our work is now more evident in the community where over the past decade we have developed pioneering initiatives in the areas of prevention and recovery – before and after, so to speak. This work also brings us in contact with the areas of diabetes and obesity, both of which are strongly linked to heart disease and stroke.
In November 2012, Croí achieved another milestone in its history when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD officially opened the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Galway. This purpose-built facility is a first in Ireland, being a centre for prevention, research, education, patient & family support and rehabilitation. The new centre has been funded entirely through the generosity of our supporters and donors. Already, we have established links with universities and institutions here in Ireland and abroad and our vision is to become a national institute for preventive cardiology. The future work of Croí is set to make a significant contribution to the emerging challenges of heart disease and stroke.
I invite you to explore our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about the work we do.
We welcome your support, as we are entirely dependent on voluntary contributions and the goodwill of the general public.