The name for the Children’s Hospital Group has been unveiled this morning, and we love how inspiring it is.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Minister for Health, Simon Harris; and the Mayor of Fingal, Mary McCamley celebrated two momentous milestones with the teams from the Children’s Hospital Group and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board at Connolly Hospital.
They took part in the official sod-turning for the new out-patients and urgent care centre, which is located at Connolly Hospital.
At the ceremony, the name of the new Irish childcare group was revealed: Phoenix Children’s Health.
The new children’s hospital, which is currently under construction, will be known as Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ireland.
The centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals will be known as Phoenix Children’s at Connolly, and Phoenix Children’s at Tallaght.
The phoenix is a mythical character and a symbol for inspiration, vision, hope, growth, regeneration, opportunity and renewal.
Choosing the name was a lengthy process. It is understood that it took nine months to pick the name, with over 300 submissions of suggested names for the team to choose from.
The team wanted to choose a name that reflected the values and vision of paediatric services. They wanted the name to be easy to pronounce, and memorable.
One requirement was that the name could be easily translated to Irish, which it is; the Irish for phoenix is féinics.
Minister for Health Simon Harris TD was thrilled with the announcement. He said, “I am delighted that we have reached another key milestone today in the journey towards the new Children's Hospital with the announcement of a name. Having a name - Phoenix Children's Health - now makes the project even more real and meaningful.”
He believes the name will help to unify the children’s healthcare services in Ireland, “Children, young people and their families will have a better understanding of how the services connect together on their behalf. Our dedicated staff will truly become one team under a single name.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar praised the project, “The new Children’s Hospital project represents the most significant healthcare investment ever undertaken by the State – one that will have an impact on children, young people and their families in Ireland for decades to come.”
The children’s healthcare group includes both paediatric outpatients and urgent care centres at Tallaght and Connolly Hospital, the three existing children’s hospitals, as well as the new children’s hospital.
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ireland will open in 2022.