Milestones

Croí House Milestones

1985

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

1986

First Chairman appointed – Lord Michael Morris Killanin

1987

Croí funds opening of the first Cardiac Diagnostic Angiography Unit in the region. 

1991

Raymond J Rooney appointed Chairman 

1993

Neil Johnson appointed CEO. Croí funds Ireland’s first coronary care ambulance. 

1995

Croí commenced support for cardiac services at Mayo General and Roscommon Hospitals

1996

Ireland’s first mobile CCU (Croí Ambulance launched)

1998

First Croi Nurse appointed to provide patient and family support and commence the development of community prevention and rehabilitation initiatives

1999

Croí supports establishment of first Chest Pain Clinic in the west at UHG

2002

New Coronary Care Unit – GUH

2004

‘Croí Heart Smart’ community-based risk factor screening programme launched

2005

Second Croí ambulance purchased. Second Cath lab funded

2006

Croí launches ‘Centre for Life-Saving Training’ providing CPR and AED training throughout the west. West of Ireland Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit opened

2007

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.

2008

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.

2009

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

2011

New Cardiology Day Ward at GUH. Incorporated Stroke into Croí Mission

2012

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).

2013

Jenni Jones appointed Director of Education & Training. MSc / PGDip in Preventive Cardiology launched with NUI Galway.

2014

Kevin O’Reilly appointed Chairman. National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC) launched.

2015

More than 25,000 visits to Croí House.

 

Croí

Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. 

Our Mission is to 'Prevent Disease, Save Lives, Promote Recovery and Wellbeing'

The charity is totally funded through the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
Charity Number: CHY7500

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