Health Promoting Hospitals Network - Video Launch

27 Aug 2002

The following is the Press Release from the Health Promoting Hospitals Network at the launch of their new information video.PHENOMENAL GROWTH IN NUMBER OF HEALTH PROMOTING HOSPITALS IN IRELAND - PROF LUKE CLANCY, CHAIRMANEighty hospitals have joined the Health Promoting Hospitals network in Ireland and the growth in members has been phenomenal , says network chairman, Prof Luke Clancy.
Hospitals are not used to putting health promotion as their top priority and while the primary role of hospitals is taking care of the sick, it¹s time to put health promotion into hospital activity, he urged at the launch of a new information video which features the activities of network members.The broader concept of health promotion is very important and hospitals have a major role to play. We will make very little progress unless the concept of health promotion is bought into by senior management, he warned.Hospitals can be dangerous places. Patients go there to be cured but they also die there and they may also get sick there. This offers a great impetus for improving the situation through health promotion, he added.NEW VIDEO AND INFORMATION PACKA new information video has been launched outlining the principles of the country¹s Health Promoting Hospitals network.The video has been formally launched by HPH chairman, Prof Luke Clancy, consultant respiratory physician, St James¹s Hospital, Dublin, at the Ashling Hotel. The new video was filmed at member hospitals and gives an overview of the initiatives already underway throughout the network of member hospitals and in community agencies.Part of the difficulty in introducing the concept of health promotion is in getting started. In this new video you see the activities and you see what can de done, he said. Eighty Irish hospitals have joined the network, in addition to numerous organisations and groups involved in health care who have taken up associate membership.Funding for the HPH video was provided through Kieran Hickey, Director of the Office for Health Gain and the production work was carried out by Liam Nestor, Education & Communication Centre, Midland Health Board.To contact the network¹s co ordinating centre: c/o James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 - Ann O¹Riordan, Director, Telephone 01 6465077 or email ihphnet@iol.ieEndsIn the photo at the top, from left to right:
Ann O'Riordan, Director, Health Promoting Hospitals Network
Breeda Hyland, Projects Manager, Dental Health Foundation
Professor Luke Clancy, Chairman, Health Promoting Hospitals Network