Ms Mary Day was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of St James’s Hospital in 2020. In 2016, she was Group Chief Executive of the Ireland East Hospital Group and prior to this she held the post of Chief Executive Officer in the Mater Misercordiae University Hospital.
Mary’s previous experience traverses diverse roles in oncology / haematology nursing in the UK. On return to Ireland in 2000, Mary took up the role of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) for the Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care (HOPe) Directorate. She also held the post of Nurse Advisor in Professional/Practice Development in the Department of Health, supporting the Chief Nursing Officer on all aspects of policy affecting nursing and midwifery education and healthcare services.
In 2008, she was appointed Director of Nursing in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and assumed the concomitant function of Head of Operations in 2011. Mary was appointed as an adjunct associate professor at University College Dublin, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in December 2010.
Mary has contributed to the development of lean management for healthcare improvement in setting up the Mater Lean Academy in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and further developing the Lean Improvement Programme across the Ireland East Hospital Group. She is a passionate advocate for lean improvement to deliver sustainable results, empowering and motivating staff, breaking down silos and releasing time to improve patient care. She is also a strong advocate for the delivery of an integrated academic health sciences centre and is keen to ensure academia, innovation and research is embedded in service delivery.
Mary’s professional and academic qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Cancer Nursing and MSc in Health Service Management.