A Good Friday Fireside Chat: Insights from Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health​

Last Friday morning, the PorterShed buzzed with anticipation as Mary Rodgers, CEO of the PorterShed, hosted an engaging fireside chat with Michael Dowling, the esteemed CEO of Northwell Health. The event was a testament to the power of shared knowledge and inspiration, as attendees gathered to hear Michael’s remarkable journey from humble beginnings in West Limerick to his current role at the helm of one of New York’s largest healthcare groups.

Michael Dowling’s story is one of resilience, innovation, and unwavering dedication to improving healthcare. From his early experiences in education and government to his ascent to CEO of Northwell Health, Michael’s career trajectory exemplifies the transformative impact of visionary leadership. With 85,000+ employees and a turnover of $18 billion, Northwell Health stands as a beacon of excellence in the healthcare industry, with plans for further expansion on the horizon.

For a small town on the edge of Europe, we punch way above our weight in the Health Tech space. Northwell has been instrumental in bringing Irish innovations to the market in the US, and support from visionary leaders like Michael Dowling maintains Galway’s reputation as one of the world’s top health innovation communities. His experience, his tenacity, and his vision make him an inspiration to us all – you can’t help but be moved by Michael’s story – Rosemary Gallagher, Programme Manager, PorterShed

What struck attendees most was Michael’s authenticity as he shared his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s healthcare landscape. Despite the complexities of the industry, Michael emphasized the importance of focusing on the fundamentals: employing the right people and prioritizing customer satisfaction. For Michael, it’s not just about treating patients; it’s about nurturing relationships and providing personalized care that truly makes a difference. 

Throughout the fireside chat, Michael’s passion for driving positive change in healthcare was evident. His commitment to innovation and willingness to take risks showcased the importance of thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo.

It’s all about generating new developments and new economy, new jobs, new creativity – taking advantage of the world that we are in todayMichael J Dowling

Michael’s willingness to share his vision, expertise, and experience speaks volumes about his commitment to empowering others and driving positive change. As we reflect on this Good Friday event, we are reminded of the transformative potential that lies within each of us to make a difference in the world.

We extend our sincere gratitude to Michael for sharing his invaluable insights with us. As we move forward, let us be inspired by Michael’s example and strive to make a positive impact in our own lives and communities!


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