The RNOH Charity, which strengthens the vital work of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, has appointed Rosie Stolarski as its first ever Chief Executive.
The charity – which last year donated over £3 million towards the hospital’s magnificent new Stanmore Building which will be officially opened next month – became independent from the hospital in 2018, taking over full responsibility for all fundraising and charitable activities. Its activities and significant contribution make a huge difference to the hospital’s patients and their families, by funding services and creating a high-quality environment that are beyond the scope of the hospital’s NHS funding.
Rosie Stolarski, who previously worked for The Prince’s Trust and St. John Ambulance, joined the RNOH in January 2005 as Head of Fundraising, primarily responsible for managing and implementing the hospital’s redevelopment fundraising appeal. As the new Chief Executive, she heads up a growing team focused on strengthening and enhancing patient facilities, and funding innovative services across the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK which, until recently, has benefited from minimal investment.
Recent charity initiatives have included the funding of all the high-quality equipment for every single ward in the new Stanmore Building, installation of two rehabilitation gyms, social spaces for teenagers, an interactive children’s activity centre, initiating an arts committee and funding a range of uplifting artwork and a unique installation. It has recently funded state-of-the-art scanning equipment to ensure the RNOH remains a leader in the early diagnosis of cancer.
The charity also funds the hospital’s volunteer service with hundreds of volunteers and a buggy service to transport patients around the 112 green belt acre site.
Commenting on her appointment, Rosie Stolarski said: “I am so excited to be leading the charity at such a critical a time in the hospital’s development. We are about to announce a new brand and a new patron, both of which are core to the Charity’s long term strategy. We want to be ambitious with our vision for the Charity. The funds that we raise, and the way that our funds are allocated, will help secure and strengthen the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s position as a world leader in the field of orthopaedics.”
Professor Antony Goldstone, Chairman of the RNOH, commented: “The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital aims to provide the best patient care in the NHS. This would be impossible without charitable contributions, which allow us to greatly enhance the services and facilities available to our patients. Under Rosie Stolarski’s leadership the RNOH Charity will go from strength to strength, helping us to form new public/private sector partnerships, develop innovative healthcare and wellbeing projects, and improve the overall patient environment.”
About the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
The RNOH is the largest specialist orthopaedic hospital in the UK and a recognised world leader in the field of orthopaedics and neuro-musculoskeletal medicine. It treats more than 150,000 patients a year for conditions ranging from acute spinal injuries and chronic pain to sarcoma and peripheral nerve injury. As well as being a leading centre for surgery and rehabilitation, the RNOH also has an international reputation and track record for innovative translational research, working in close partnerships with UCL and the Royal Free Hospital.
The RNOH Charity
The RNOH Charity raises money to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital’s pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education. The Charity has funded all the high-quality equipment for every single ward in the new Stanmore Building, and a range of other enhancements, including a brand-new children’s activity centre, uplifting artwork, social spaces for teenagers and children, and two rehabilitation gyms.