Who we are

At Croí, our aim is to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a particular focus on the West of Ireland. Our mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery & wellbeing.

Our work is funded from the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy. We are deeply grateful for the support and endorsement of our donors, supporters and volunteers who give so generously of their time and resources.

Meet the Croí Team

Neil Johnson - Chief Executive
Mark O'Donnell - Head of Foundation / Chief Operations Officer
Lizanne Dunleavy - Director of Finance / Human Resources
Dr. Lisa Hynes - Head of Health Programmes / Health Psychologist
Annie Costelloe - Patient & Community Engagement Manager
Bridget Cheasty - Health Team Administrator/Projects Coordinator
Maeve Frawley - Heartlink West Nurse
Aisling Harris - Cardiac and Weight Management Dietitian
Caroline Costello - Physical Activity Specialist
Madeline Rabbitt - Nurse Lead, Croí Third Age Mayo Project
Caroline Dermody - Croí Nurse
Laura Walsh - Community Stroke Support Specialist
Paul Cunnane - Project Coordinator, Croí Third Age Mayo Project
Jacqui Aupiais - Executive Assistant/Operations Manager
Christine Flanagan - Director of Fundraising
Lisa Pearson - Fundraising Administrator
Richie Hynes - Events and Hospitality Coordinator
Edel Kenneally - Communications Manager (maternity leave)
Emma Dillon-Leetch - Communications Manager
Josephine Kelly - Communications Coordinator
Lauren Coffey - Communications Coordinator

Croí’s work involves:

  • Raising awareness on a local and national level about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Developing and delivering education, prevention and healthy lifestyle programmes to individuals, families and communities.
  • Providing accredited education and training for healthcare professionals.
  • Delivering CPR and defibrillation training to the general public as well as Cardiac Life Support training for healthcare professionals.
  • Providing accommodation and support at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre for the relatives of those receiving heart or stroke care at Galway University Hospitals.
  • Facilitating and collaborating in vital research in the areas of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
  • Developing and testing innovative models of preventive and rehabilitative care.
  • Representing the voice of the patient and carer.
  • Supporting the development of heart and stroke services in the West of Ireland, in particular at the specialist centre at Galway University Hospital.

Croí’s Goals:

  • Build healthy communities through support, education and empowerment
  • Amplify the patient voice
  • Pursue the highest level of cardiovascular healthcare
  • Facilitate, participate and collaborate in vital research
  • Build capacity in preventive healthcare nationally through the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health:
    • Engage with policy makers and healthy practitioners in pursuit of excellence in preventive healthcare
    • Develop innovative models of preventive care and service delivery
    • Produce a new generation of scholars and leaders in cardiovascular health and disease prevention
  • Align with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030 to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, especially CVD, by one third.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to lead in the prevention, control of, and recovery from cardiovascular disease and to serve as exemplars of innovation and best practice.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives, empower and support families, communities and future generations to take control of their health and well-being.

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