The Adelaide Health Foundation
The Adelaide Health Foundation is a voluntary independent charitable organisation which seeks to advance healthcare that is centred upon the dignity of every human being and that provides equal access to quality healthcare based upon clinical need.
The Foundation nominates students to be admitted to the Adelaide School of Nursing to undertake their BSc Nursing (General) in Trinity College, Dublin and administers a Bursary Scheme for eligible students.
Our vision is to be an independent not-for-profit health foundation that seeks to advance healthcare in a way that is:
- centred upon the dignity of every human being
- treats mind, body and spirit holistically, and
- provides equal access to healthcare based upon the basis of need.
Statements of values
We will be loyal to our vision and to our objectives.
In so doing, we will specifically welcome participation in our activities by persons of any denomination or none who share our fundamental principles.
Our fundamental principles shall be:
- Equal access to equal quality health care for all persons with particular attention to the deprived and dispossessed.
- Support for minorities and the dispossessed.
- Respect for the dignity of the individual by treating and caring for them as they wish.
- Support of the right of all to all information relevant to health without pre-conditions.
- Independence in opinion and action, including but not confined to the fields of ethics and genetics.
- Public and patient involvement in healthcare, thus supporting the voluntary principle of active citizenship in promoting the common good.
- Evidence-based healthcare provision.
- The promotion of excellence in education and research.
- Engagement with our local community.
Mission and purpose
This is defined in our principal object in our Memorandum of Association as:
“The advancement of medicine, medical care and medical science and the practice thereof including the advancement of medical and nursing education and towards this object to maintain a means for charitable participation in the health services of Ireland by members of the Christian Churches which adhere to Protestant traditions for the benefit of all people and especially the poor of every denomination”.
Adelaide Hospital, Founded by Dr. Albert Walsh, opens at 43 Bride Street, Dublin
Adelaide Hospital re-opens at Peter Street, Dublin, in new, purpose-built Hospital
Adelaide School of Nursing Founded
Adelaide opens first skin clinic
Adelaide opens first gynaecological unit
Sir Kendal Franks introduces antiseptic surgery
Bacterial control of milk pioneered
Dr. Kathleen Lynn pioneers preventative medicine with children
Adelaide granted Royal Charter
Adelaide, which up to this date was entirely supported by voluntary funds, receives first annual State payments for Hospital Services
Adelaide joins with other hospitals in Federation Dublin Voluntary Hospitals under new Act.
Adelaide first hospital to open intensive-care unit.
Adelaide approves in principle moving to Tallaght
New operating theatres open in Peter Street
New design approved for hospital at Tallaght
Society establishes Nursing Development Fund
Adelaide merges with the Meath Hospital (1753) and the National children’s Hospital (1821) under amended Adelaide Charter
New Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating The National Children’s Hospital opens at Tallaght.
New University Clinical Sciences building opens with Society support
Student Nurse Bursary Scheme launched
Women’s Preventative Healthcare Unit launched
New Initiatives Grants Scheme Established
First Family Risk Assessment Clinic for breast services established
Health Policy Initiative established in conjunction with Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin.
150th Anniversary of the Adelaide School of Nursing
Community Healthcare Initiative Scheme established
Adelaide Health Foundation becomes the working name of the organisation
Board of Governors
- President: Dr David Moore
- Chairman: Prof Ian Graham
- Hon Secretary: Ms Triona Murphy
- Hon Treasurer: Mr Peter Kemp
Patrons of Hospital Society
- The Archbishop of Armagh. Primate of All Ireland
- Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
- President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
- Foundation Manager: Ms Niamh Gavin
- Administrator: Esther Nyambura
Members of the Board
- Mr Alan Gillis
- Ms Catherine MacDaid
- Prof David McConnell
- Mrs Rosemary French
- Dr Fergus O’Ferrall
- Dr Gerard O’Connor
- Mr Rory Brownlee
- Dr Hilary Dunne
- Prof Joe Barry
- Ms Karen Farrar
- Dr Lynda Hamilton
- Mrs Marion Wilson
- Ms Marie Louise Delahunty
- Mrs Meg Jackson
- Ms Noeleen Taylor
- Mr Phillip Odlum
- Mr. Stephen Franck
- Miss Yvonne Seville