“This is the 11th Family Room to open in the Mater Hospital in the last 6 years. It will be a place of comfort and solace to patients and their families. A space where they can relax and feel at ease with one another during difficult times. The importance of the financial contribution from fundraisers like Sarah, Mary and the Jordan family cannot be overstated” – Gordon Dunne, CEO of the Mater Hospital.

On the 17th January 2018, the Mater Misericordia Hospital opened a new Family Room in the Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit. Thanks to people like you, there are now 11 new Family Rooms across the different wards of the Mater Hospital. Family rooms are places of solace and comfort for patients and their relatives. They exist to provide a space for people to be together at difficult moments during a healthcare journey. They are somewhere to process bad news. They are also somewhere patients and relatives can meet and have a cup of tea outside of the noise and activity of a public hospital ward setting.

The opening of a new Family Room in the Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit is thanks to generous donations raised from their local community by Mary and Sarah Jordan and the Jordan family.

The Jordan family have also been instrumental in funding several key projects for the hospital over the years, ever since Sarah Jordan underwent a successful heart transplant in the Mater Hospital in 2011.

From left to right: Mater Foundation CEO Mary Moorhead, fundraisers Mary and Sarah Jordan, End of Life Care Co-ordinator Diarmaid Ó Coimín, Staff Development Coordinator Mary Ryan, Directorate Nurse Manager Nina Sheridan and Acting ADN Marie Brennan

Funds raised by the Jordan family and their community have previously gone to the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit of the Mater Hospital, driving essential training, the purchase of vital equipment and supporting patients who suffer from conditions like Cardiomyopathy, Cystic Fibrosis and Congenital Heart Disease.

With the opening of the new Family Room for patients in the Mater Hospital Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit, senior hospital staff and hospital foundation staff said a few words in appreciation of the Jordan family and others like them.

“A huge thanks is due fundraisers like the Jordan family. The donations raised by community events have allowed an incredible scope of work in a short space of time. This is the 11th Family Room to open in the Mater Hospital in the last 6 years. It will be a place of comfort and solace to patients and their families, a space where they can relax and feel at ease with one another during difficult times.”
– Gordon Dunne, CEO of the Mater Hospital

“The Jordan family have raised over €35,000 for the Mater Foundation, including €6,000 for this Family Room, since 2011. That’s an incredible commitment and has made a world of difference to patients that have been through the Mater in recent years. At difficult times, people who’ve taken ill want their loved ones close by. Thanks to the Jordan family, visiting relatives of someone who’s taken very ill will be able to stay close by, even overnight, using this facility.”
– Mary Moorhead, CEO of the Mater Foundation

“When you’re used to the noise and alarms of a public hospital ward, you don’t think twice about them. As hospital staff, it’s just your everyday workplace. But for visiting relatives of a sick patient, it’s nerve-wracking. Add that to the constant commute, trying to find parking, worrying about someone you love, and it’s clear that they don’t need the additional stress. This Family Room means a space away from all that where they can relax and have a cup of tea or, when things take a turn for the worse, recuperate together after hearing bad news. It’s a very necessary resource and I see everyday the positive impact it makes on the lives of those who use it.”
– Mary Ryan, Staff Development Coordinator

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