Denise Fitzgerald appointed as CHF Chief Executive

At the beginning of this year,  Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin came together under the banner of Children’s Health Foundation to ensure that, together, they can continue to support Ireland’s sickest children in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin on every step of their treatment journey – today, tomorrow and in the future.

Children’s Health Foundation (CHF) has today announced the appointment of Denise Fitzgerald as Chief Executive.

Both Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin will continue to raise vital, life-saving funds and support almost 300,000 children and their families who attend Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin each year in need of world-class paediatric care; ensuring that patients have access to the very highest standards of care, world-class facilities and the most up-to-date research that will change young lives for the better.

Speaking about the appointment, Chair of Children’s Health Foundation, Helen Conlan said: “Thanks to the loyalty, generosity and compassion of supporters, volunteers, corporate partners and community champions across Ireland and beyond, Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin have brought real and lasting change to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. From funding vital, life-saving equipment and facilities to investing in ground-breaking paediatric research, both Foundations have had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of sick children and their families.

“The teams and supporters of Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin are now united as one organisation, Children’s Health Foundation, and will continue to provide urgent support to ensure that sick children receive the best possible care when they need it most. Under the guidance of our newly-appointed Chief Executive, Denise Fitzgerald, Children’s Health Foundation will continue this important work on behalf of these children and their families.”

Currently Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation, Ms. Fitzgerald will now work with the leadership teams of Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin as these two long-established teams unite to raise the funds needed to support Ireland’s sickest children.

Speaking about the future for Children’s Health Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, said: “We believe that every sick child in Ireland deserves the very best medical treatment as quickly as possible, and that belief will drive everything we do. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin treat almost 300,000 patients every year on average, and it is only with the public’s continued support and trust that we can continue to invest in much-needed equipment, world-class paediatric research and cutting-edge treatments. We will work together to ensure that we can continue to meet the growing and urgent needs of both hospitals – and the children in their care, right now and in the future.”

Ms. Fitzgerald has held the position of Chief Executive in Temple Street Foundation since 2005 and prior to that held senior roles in financial services. At Temple Street Foundation Ms. Fitzgerald was responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation, generating over €8 million annually to support the hospital.  Ms. Fitzgerald also serves as a voluntary Director of Charities Institute Ireland and Boardmatch Ireland as well as being an elected member of The Council of Dublin Chamber of Commerce.