27th Congress of the European Association of Hospital Managers

Welcome Message

Gerry O'Dwyer - President of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) Gerry O'Dwyer - President of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM)
Alexandre Lourenço - President of the Portuguse Association of Hospital Managers Alexandre Lourenço - President of the Portuguse Association of Hospital Managers

As President of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM), I am delighted to extend an invitation to all of my European colleagues to the 27th Congress that will place in Cascais, Lisbon on 26th – 28th September 2018. The theme of the Congress will be ‘Innovating Public Health’. This will no doubt attract interesting discussions and debates.

As the EU comes out the other side of a global recession, and while the fallout of Brexit remains uncertain, Hospital Managers will continue to be in the front-line in terms of endeavouring to balance supply and demand. This dynamic, for the foreseeable future, will continue to present challenges. Balancing the service demands against available resources is a key function of management.

The theme ‘Innovating Public Health’ will explore the possibility of integrating innovation and technology to positively change how we can deliver our services and define the role of hospitals into the future. Aligned with the theme of the event, the following key topics will be discussed: People centeredness; Integration of care; Innovative provision models; Financial sustainability; and Population Health.

For European hospital managers and indeed hospital managers worldwide, on-going challenges remain and will continue to be an issue for management. As the needs of an aging population grow across Europe, resources are becoming increasingly stretched. This is in addition to the escalation of certain viruses and diseases.

The European Association of Hospital Managers is one of the world’s largest hospital management associations, representing over 16,000 individual members. It represents both the hospital managers of public and private hospitals in the European Union and at international level. EAHM has the following aims: to consider the mission and responsibility of chief executive officers; contribute to their professional competence and responsibility; share good practices and expertise; influence European Union-wide legislation and regulation; and promote at European and International level.

This promises to be an excellent event, with industry experts providing an informative insight in the magnificent and excellent setting of Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal. I very much look forward to seeing you all in September 2018. Further details on the event will be posted on the European Association of Hospital Managers website. 

Gerry O’Dwyer
European Association of Hospital Managers


Healthcare is one the most exciting and innovative industries of the XXI century, and hospitals are the most complex and sophisticated organizations ever developed.

During the last decade, we have been more and more concentrated on responding to people’s expectations, adopting new technologies, obtaining internal efficiencies and assuring financial sustainability. At some point, improving the health of the population that we serve have been put on the second plan. Moreover, even though the high level of sophistication that we achieved, our processes are organized as they were more than 50 years ago. Our model of business is more and more seen as unreliable, unsafe and prone to error.

Bear in mind, the challenges that we face as an industry (for example, the demographic shift, the pace of technological innovation, the changing user and consumer expectations, and the growing financial pressure) cannot be answered solely by us, and we absolutely need to engage other health and social care network partners to overcome them. Hospitals need to redefine their role by promoting new innovative public health strategies.

More than ever, the healthcare system needs hospitals as beacons towards the future. Hence, hospital managers leadership is more than crucial.

From the 26 to the 28 September 2018, we challenge you to discuss and to debate hospitals delivery model and to commonly redefine the role of hospitals, not only as an industry but also as public health agents.

We welcome you to the westernmost point of mainland Europe, to discover new routes for our collective future.

Alexandre Lourenço
Portuguse Association of Hospital Managers

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