West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation established. Croí established to lead a major public campaign to advance the case for specialist cardiac services and facilities for the west of Ireland, based at University Hospital Galway
First Chairman appointed – Lord Michael Morris Killanin
Croí funds opening of the first Cardiac Diagnostic Angiography Unit in the region.
Raymond J Rooney appointed Chairman
Neil Johnson appointed CEO. Croí funds Ireland’s first coronary care ambulance.
Croí commenced support for cardiac services at Mayo General and Roscommon Hospitals
Ireland’s first mobile CCU (Croí Ambulance launched)
First Croi Nurse appointed to provide patient and family support and commence the development of community prevention and rehabilitation initiatives
Croí supports establishment of first Chest Pain Clinic in the west at UHG
New Coronary Care Unit – GUH
‘Croí Heart Smart’ community-based risk factor screening programme launched
Second Croí ambulance purchased. Second Cath lab funded
Croí launches ‘Centre for Life-Saving Training’ providing CPR and AED training throughout the west. West of Ireland Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit opened
First open-heart procedures performed in the West’s new Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at UHG. Croí campaigned for the facility to be established in the west of Ireland and pledged €1m to the capital costs.
Croí unveils plans for the Croí ‘Heart & Stroke Centre’, Ireland’s first dedicated community heart health & wellness centre. Ray Rooney, Kieran Daly & Neil Johnson received ‘People of the Year’ Award.
Croí launches MyAction - Irelands’ first cardiovascular risk, lifestyle and behaviour change programme targeting those at greatest risk of Heart Attack, Stroke & Diabetes. Prof Kieran Daly appointed Chairman
New Cardiology Day Ward at GUH. Incorporated Stroke into Croí Mission
Croí opens €4m state-of-the-art ‘Heart & Stroke Centre, at Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway; bringing all of its programmes under the one roof, on land donated by Galway City Council. The project has been entirely funded as an independent development by Croí from the proceeds of its fundraising programme and without any government funding (with the exception of a €60k grant from the national lottery).
Jenni Jones appointed Director of Education & Training. MSc / PGDip in Preventive Cardiology launched with NUI Galway.
Kevin O’Reilly appointed Chairman. National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC) launched.
More than 25,000 visits to Croí House.