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Hospital Group chief executive is reappointed for another five years

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first_imgNewsHealthHospital Group chief executive is reappointed for another five yearsBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2019 1294 Previous articleMan arrested in Limerick City murder caseNext articleLimerick Post Show | Fidget Feet Present Bingo Wings Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Health Minister Simon Harris with UL Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan.Photo: Brian Arthur.PROFESSOR Colette Cowan has been re-appointed for another five years as chief executive of the University of Limerick Hospitals Group which incorporates University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Croom, Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s hospitals.Since taking on the role in 2014, she has overseen a budget increase from €267 million to €351 million and a workforce rise from 3,000 to 4,200.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Referring to the challenge of leading the thousands of hospital staff in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary over the next five years, Prof Cowan said the Group was looking forward to the development of the six regions announced by Health Minister Simon Harris as a key driver in delivering the Slaintecare health reforms.“The creation of integrated health regions present great challenges and great opportunities that we must all strive to meet as the promise of Slaintecare is to deliver truly transformative change for the people of the MidWest and the country at large.She said that while Slaintecare envisaged a move away from Ireland’s hospital-centric model to delivering more care in primary and community settings, the UL Hospitals Group would be busier than ever over the next five years, advancing its strategic objectives and developing more specialist services.“We were only just emerging from a deep recession when I was appointed as chief executive in 2014. The MidWest had been more seriously affected than other regions and the difficulties in the public finances had a serious adverse impact on the delivery of health services.“Over the last five years, however, UL Hospitals Group has delivered more care to more patients at a rate greater than the population increase in general.“For example, the number of attendances at our Emergency Department/Injury Units increased from 85,816 to 103,063 over the last five years and the number in-centre dialysis treatments in UHL grew from 10,412 to 17,232.“In spite of the challenging environment, the Group continues to increase its clinical activity, grow its workforce, enhance its academic profile and achieve crucial targets in quality and patient safety,”“We are also keenly aware that our capacity to meet demand is lacking in key areas and this is most manifest in the long waits for a bed faced by admitted patients and in growing outpatient waiting lists. Patient experience in these areas has been poor for many and I remain absolutely committed to improving this.” Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook “Significant capital projects delivered over the last five years include the new Emergency Department, Leben Building (CF, breast, stroke and dermatology services), Dialysis Unit, Clinical Education and Research Centre at UHL; improved end-of-life care facilities in Ennis Hospital and University Maternity Hospital Limerick and the new ward block and Cataract Theatre at Nenagh Hospital.“More specialist clinics than ever before are being led in Ennis and Nenagh hospitals by consultants and an increasing number of advanced nurse and midwifery practitioners. And UL Hospitals Group was delighted to form its first Patient Council to give patients an active voice in service planning and delivery.“Over the last five years, UL Hospitals Group has consistently met or exceeded the national targets for average length of stay, day of surgery adUniversitymissions and readmission rates. Key quality indicators have shown excellent results in perinatal care and for in-hospital mortality rates for heart attack and stroke,” Prof Cowen concluded. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow center_img Email TAGShealthNewsUniveristy Hospital Limerickuniverisyt of limerick hospitals group Print Limerick on Covid watch list Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students PROFESSOR Cowan said her current priorities for the UL Hospitals Group included:– The implementation of Sláintecare in the MidWest– The development of a Health Science Academy jointly with the University of Limerick– Completion of the 60-bed block currently under construction at UHL and progression of the separate 96-bed block included in Project Ireland 2040– Planning the relocation of the University Maternity Hospital Limerick to the UHL campus– New outpatient accommodation in Ennis Hospital to facilitate expansion of clinics– Progression of plans for new theatres at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital– Extension and further development of the Children’s Ark UHL in line with the National Paediatric Model of Care– Enhanced diagnostics for UHL through the Blood Sciences Project and the acquisition of a second MRI scanner– Continued focus on the growth of UL Hospitals Group as a major centre for cancer care, robotics, ageing and therapeutics, paediatrics and specialist services outside of the Dublin region– Continued positive engagement with all stakeholders including trade unions and public representatives– Continued development and recognition of staff with greater access to education, training and leadership opportunities– Continued planning to bring forward a charter for change to include community-based care, age-friendly services and regeneration– Continued work with Limerick Chamber and industry partners to bring forward digital innovations in the MidWest region Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

Gerry Raftery: Can We Be Grateful Now?

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first_imgWhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSgerry rafterygratefulgratitudeKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisementcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleSinn Féin TD says legislation needed to protect employees working from homeNext articleVirtual Riverfest to take place in Limerick this May Bank Holiday weekend Meghann Scully Email Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads People photo created by jcomp – www.freepik.comWITH the restrictions in place due to this phase of cocooning mass gatherings are banned for the summer, no music festivals and GAA games are in limbo.Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal Milestones and shares tips on how we can be grateful during this pandemic. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Can We be Grateful Now?It has emerged recently that many of the great events we associate with our Irish summer will not take place.No Saturday or Sunday games, no Concerts in large outdoor venues, no Pilgrimages to Knock, no Galway Races, no Summer Festivals, no Agricultural Shows, no Tidy Towns. Probably there will be no holidays abroad and maybe just limited visits to the seaside at home – weather permitting! And possibly no barbers or hairdressers. A bleak picture!This will be the reality of the summer ahead. So how can we make the most of it?Basically, we need to learn to come to terms with it. Though it will not be easy, we have to Accept it as it is. Acceptance frees us to make the most of what we have. It allows us to begin to discover what’s possible, safe and satisfying within the massive limitations imposed as a result of the danger created by the Coronavirus.I would suggest that one of the ways we can begin to do this is to focus positively on what we have right now, rather than moaning about what we haven’t got in our lives going forward. This brings us into what is known as the Gratitude Space.Today the practice Gratitude is being strongly promoted by Mindfulness and by Positive Psychology as the way to healthy living and happiness in difficult circumstances. I believe that it can be very helpful at this time to focus on being grateful, though in reality it is extremely challenging to do so.The Power of GratitudeSo, what is Gratitude? It is an appreciation of what we have and a recognition of what is good in our lives.Gratitude is something ordinary and every-day. However, Gratitude has a depth and a value which we don’t often recognise. We can take so much for granted. If we apply the power of Gratitude to our lives in the present crisis, we can improve our well-being and find greater happiness.The practice of Gratitude brings us into a very positive space where we count our blessings and recognise all that is good around us. This doesn’t mean ignoring all that is difficult in life or the suffering which surrounds us. It can be a real challenge to be in a positive space at the moment. Gratitude can help us to get there.Focusing on what We HaveWhen we focus on what we have now we become aware of opportunities which we didn’t realise we had before?We certainly have a lot of Time, Time to do things we were too busy to do or neglected to do before. We probably have a lot of time to spend with ourselves. From living in a busy crowded world, we can find ourselves thrust into solitude and silence.But maybe this Solitude and Silence gives us a chance to explore the deeper meaning of our lives and get to know ourselves better. We can learn more ways to develop our mental health, strength and well-being. Is this not something for which we can feel a sense of gratitude?Gratitude brings us to focus on what we have. We focus on our gifts, on our assets and on all of the good things in our lives. We can feel Gratitude for the big things of our lives – the people we love, our own talents and interests, our home and our community.We can become grateful even for the little everyday things – a cup of coffee, the song of the bird or the smell of a flower.Oprah Winfrey says, “Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never, ever have enough.”Gratitude PracticesWhy not allow Gratitude to become a mind-set and allow it to punctuate your day?Begin the day with a sense of Gratitude. As the new day begins be grateful for life and for the opportunities which this new day will surely bring. This enables you to begin the day on a positive and optimistic note.Follow the teaching of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Philosopher: “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Each day provides its own gifts.”One of the Mindfulness Gratitude exercises which I teach people comes from an Oxford Professor of Mindfulness, Mark Williams. People who do this exercise on a regular basis find that it brings them great contentment and peace even in tough times.Professor Williams recommends his ten-finger Gratitude Exercise: “Once a day bring to mind ten things for which you are grateful, counting them on your fingers. It is important to get to ten things, even when it becomes increasingly difficult after three or four! This is exactly what the exercise is for – intentionally bringing into awareness the tiny previously, unnoticed, elements of the day.”Towards the end of your day why not try this exercise?Despite living a quite restricted life at the moment it is amazing how much happens in your day. In the midst of great loss, we can still find blessings to count. Feel grateful and you will end your day feeling good about yourself and about life.Some people find a Gratitude Journal helpful. Just write down the ten things for which you feel grateful at the end of your day. Read back over them and you see how good life really is.We teach our children good manners by telling them to say the magic words, “Please” and “Thanks”. Thanks, can certainly be a magic word for us today.Take care of yourselves through being Grateful. NewsGerry Raftery: Can We Be Grateful Now? By Meghann Scully – April 28, 2020 185 last_img read more