Cork woman appointed CEO of LauraLynn

Mitchelstown native Orla O’Brien is "really excited" to join Ireland's Children's Hospice.


LauraLynn is delighted to announce the appointment of Mitchelstown native Orla O’Brien as CEO.

Orla has over 28 years’ acute hospital experience, 18 years of which were at a management level, most recently as chief operations officer with the Children’s Hospital Group. Originally from Mitchelstown in County Cork, she now lives in Booterstown with her husband Conor and their three daughters.

“I’m really excited to join LauraLynn, an organisation that has done so much to improve the lives of children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Ireland. Of the 3,840 children with a life-limiting condition living in Ireland today, over 700 are estimated to need the specialised care provided by LauraLynn, and I look forward to extending awareness and assistance to those families who currently do not avail of palliative care services,” Orla says.

LauraLynn is the only children’s hospice providing support and palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Ireland, with care delivered in their hospice, at a hospital, in the community or at the family home.

Since opening September 2011, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice has cared for more than 335 children and their families. The hospice currently provides support to 150 children with life-limiting conditions, with an additional 65 families receiving bereavement support. It costs €5m per year to run LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice, €4.2m of must be generated through fundraised income from events and activities.

“We’re delighted to have Orla join the team here at LauraLynn. Her extensive experience will be enormously beneficial to the hospice as we continue to develop and expand the services we offer to both children and their families across the country. An overarching objective of ours is that no child should live further than two hours away from a palliative care service, and we’re confident that Orla can help LauraLynn play a critical role in reaching this target,” chairman of LauraLynn, Niall McHugh, adds.

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