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Limerick native, Emer Martin appointed CEO of Saint John’s Hospital

Emer Martin recently appointed CEO of St Johns Hospital Limerick. Pic. Brian Arthur

Limerick native, Emer Martin appointed CEO of Saint John’s Hospital

The Board of St. John’s Hospital is delighted to announce the appointment of Emer Martin as its CEO.

Ms Martin was the hospital’s Deputy CEO for 18 months prior to her appointment as CEO and, prior to that, worked as its Director of Nursing from January 2016 to Sep 2017.



Chairman of the Management Committee Bishop Brendan Leahy said, “We are delighted to have been able to appoint Emer as our CEO.  She brings a brilliant mix of over a decade of experience working in senior healthcare management roles in the UK and Ireland.  Her background is in nursing so she comes with an excellent blend of healthcare and management expertise”.

Speaking of her recent appointment, Ms Martin said, “As a native of Limerick, I know only too well the significance of St. John’s Hospital to the city and region.  So many families here and across the region have experienced the warmth and care that is provided at this proud hospital over the years so it is a great privilege for me personally to take up the role of CEO.

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Limerick native, Emer Martin is the perfect addition to the Saint Johns team. Pic. Brian Arthur

Ms Martin’s clinical background originates in neurosciences and critical care nursing. She held a number of senior nursing roles in the UK, culminating with her appointment in 2006 as one of the first Matrons appointed at a central London NHS Trust (the Royal Free London). While there, she took charge of a multi-speciality medicine and surgical unit providing oncology and haematology services, bone marrow and liver transplantation, neurosurgery, urology and vascular services.

Ms Martin subsequently moved into corporate services and took up clinical governance roles, developed expertise in quality and safety and was appointed Patient Safety Lead at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Stanmore in 2015.  She has guest lectured at the University of Limerick on topics relating to healthcare reforms and the implications for nursing.  In addition to her nursing qualifications, she also holds a BA honours degree in French and Classical Civilisation.

“I look forward to working with the staff, the Board and, moreover, the people of the region who will come here for the expert care that this hospital will continue to provide long into the future”, said Ms Martin.


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