The academic medical centre project was initiated in July 2007 with the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding between the founding institutions.
A DAMC Board of Directors was established under the Chairmanship of Mr Thomas Lynch with representation from each of the three parent institutions. The Board guides the strategic development of the new entity ensuring appropriate engagement of the three parent institutions.
The DAMC became operational in September 2007 with the immediate goals of integrating research & education activities across the three institutions and creating joint clinical departments across both hospital sites. In October 2007, Professor William Powderly (Consultant in Infectious Disease, Dean of Medicine & Head of the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science) was appointed as Chief Academic Officer.
In October 2008, two consultant staff members, Professor Douglas Veale (Director of Translational Research) and Dr Dermot Power (Director of Postgraduate Education) were appointed to advance further integration of the three institutions. The two UCD Clinical Research Centres at each hospital were also integrated under a single governance structure and a CRC Research Advisory Committee was established to guide study activity.
In December 2011, the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science appointed Dr Paddy Mallon (Consultant in Infectious Diseases at MMUH and UCD Principal Investigator) as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Prof Patrick Murray (Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology at MMUH and UCD Principal Investigator) as Associate Dean for International Studies.
A joint DAMC Medical Executive was created, chaired by Professor Powderly and comprising representatives from the two local hospital Medical Executives and from the academic executive management committee. The DAMC Medical Executive Committee is responsible for clinical policy development, healthcare strategies and all new hospital consultant appointments which are advanced in a cross-institutional basis exploiting economies of scale and establishing a critical mass to allow the development of subspecialty expertise.
Phase I - Pre-Integration
A formal 3 month pre-integration programme of activities (Phase I) was undertaken engaging key stakeholders across all three institutions. This phase focused on the corporate governance, business planning and financial due diligence necessary to merge two of Ireland’s largest healthcare groups. The persuasive case for the establishment of Ireland’s first academic health system has been accepted by the Boards of both hospitals, by the UCD Governing Authority and important briefings have been made to key stakeholder groups (HSE, Department of Health & Children, Minister for Health & Children, etc).
Phase II - Integration
Following the conclusion of Phase I, the Boards of the two hospitals authorised the initiation of Phase II, the integration of clinical and corporate services across both hospitals and the development of a closer affiliation with UCD. This programme of activities initiated in July 2012.