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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

Hiker reflects on being revived after going missing in mountain in freezing weather

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first_imgSamson1976/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The hiker rescued after going missing during a mountain hike praised the team of doctors who revived him after his heart stopped for nearly 45 minutes.Michael Knapinski, 45, told ABC New’s Good Morning America that he’s grateful for the staff at Harborview Medical Center who saved his life after he was caught in a whiteout situation while hiking in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state last week. Doctors said Knapinski’s heart stopped when he arrived at the hospital, and for over 45 minutes, they used CPR and other methods to get it pumping again.“I mean, there were hundreds of people looking for me and a humongous team of doctors working for me. I’m already a pretty grateful person, but this is just life-changing,” Knapinski told GMA from his hospital bed.Knapinski said he went hiking with his friend on Nov. 7; along the way, they decided to split up and explore different parts of the mountain. Knapinski, who had gone on a 15-mile hike the day before, said the weather picked up as he hiked alone and his surroundings began to get into whiteout conditions as night fell.“I couldn’t see anything down there, zero visibility, even with a headlight or anything,” he said, adding that he has no memory between getting lost and waking up in the hospital. “I don’t know what happened.”National Park crews searched the park until early into the next morning, and temperatures had already dipped to below freezing, according to park officials. A Navy search and rescue team used a helicopter the next morning to find Knapinski.Dr. Nick Johnson, the emergency medicine and critical care specialist at Harborview Medical Center, told ABC News that when Knapinski arrived at the hospital, his body was 70 degrees Fahrenheit and his heart went into an “abnormal rhythm where it stopped pumping blood to the rest of the body.”“I would say the odds were against him,” Johnson said. “We certainly see a lot of people who spend nights in a cold, but he was one of the coldest people that I’ve seen arrive at the hospital, lose their pulse, have a cardiac arrest and survive.”The hospital activated its extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO team to treat Knapinski and revive him, according to Johnson. The team put tubes into the hiker’s major blood vessels, took the blood out of his body, warmed it up, provided it with oxygen and put it back in, according to the hospital staff.“I mean, essentially, we’re just we’re faced with a patient whose brain has been shut down by the cold. And we’re hoping that we’ll be able to buy enough time to reboot the most complicated computer in the world, essentially,” Dr. Jenelle Badulak, a member of the ECMO team at Harborview Medical Center, told ABC News.Knapinski woke up two days later, much to the relief of the hospital staff, Johnson said.“We had a little telephone celebration first and then all of us have taken turns doing a socially distant mass visit just to say hello, and actually get to talk to them in person,” he said.Knapinski said he was still regaining his cognitive abilities when he woke, but was in awe when the medical professionals told him what happened and how they saved his life.“I was like, ‘Holy moly,’” he said.“A lot of the people that worked on me didn’t really expect me to recover from this,” he added. “They came through my room, introduced themselves, said, ‘Hi, I’m so-and-so, I did this for you and I did that for you.’ I’m really glad they did that because it got me a chance to think a lot of people in.”Doctors said Knapinski will have a long road to recovery, including therapy to restore his memory and cognitive ability. Knapinski said he has some frostbite, stitches and bruises throughout his body.The hiker said he plans to give back to the hospital and the community through volunteer work. As for his future in hiking, Knapinski said he’d consider hiking the mountain again under better weather conditions.“I’ll be safer next time,” he said. “I won’t split up with anybody and definitely learn from my mistake.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Assistant Professor – Music – High Strings

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first_imgPreferred Qualifications School of Music & Dance Summary Exceptional performance skills and evidence of successfulteaching experience as an artist/teacher of violin and/or viola.Demonstrable record of student recruitment.Master’s or doctorate by time of appointment.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and otherracially minoritized students in the classroom, and anunderstanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of thesegroups within higher education and the field of music shapepatterns of participation and outcomes.Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional,relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage andsupport historically underserved students. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review ofapplications begins on November 2, 2020.Inquires may be directed to Dr. Fred Cohen, Director, SJSU Schoolof Music and Dance: Fred.Cohen@sjsu.eduThe UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. The University is committed toincreasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines,students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic andgender perspectives.Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart ofSilicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regionsin the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combinesdynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences toprepare students to address the biggest problems facing society.SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU)system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: October 09, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close: Letter of interestCurriculum vitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) thatdescribes what role faculty play in student successStatement of creative/scholarly plans (2 pages) that addressesthe relationship of creative and/or scholarly work to the classroomand teachingDiversity statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategiesfor supporting students historically marginalized in MusicThree references with contact information (no letters at thistime) Teach applied lessons (violin, viola). Provide leadership instring music education, including leadership of the School’s StringProject, and outreach to public school orchestra programs and BayArea string education. Teach in a secondary area of expertiseappropriate to the candidate’s qualifications and School needs.Secondary areas may include but are not limited to string methods,string pedagogy, chamber music, and music education.We welcome applications from those who promote equity practicesand culturally responsive pedagogy in their applied and ensembleinstruction.The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually inSchool, college, and university committees and other serviceassignments.The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement.center_img The School of Music & Dance at San José State Universityseeks qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Professor ofStrings with expertise in Violin and/or Viola. Candidates withexperience in music education in historically underrepresentedcommunities are strongly encouraged to apply.San José State University, founded in 1857, is the oldestpublic institution of higher education on the West Coast. TheSchool of Music and Dance has been preparing professionalperformers, composers, and music educators longer than any otherschool in California. Here you will find one of the mostcomprehensive music programs in the state, served by a passionategroup of talented and dedicated artist-teachers. The SJSU School ofMusic and Dance is committed to providing an academic communitywhose members represent and embrace diverse cultures. We activelypursue cultural consciousness through substantive learning andformal, transparent policies. https://www.sjsu.edu/music Responsibilities Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date – August 2, 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Required Qualifications This position is an excellent opportunity for performersinterested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institutionthat is a national leader in graduating historically underservedstudents. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution)and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American PacificIslander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our studentpopulation are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As aresult, we rank #3 nationally in increasing student upwardmobility.last_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers try to keep the faith to keep postseason ambitions in reach

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first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While the trade deadline has passed, it’s unclear if the locker room has recovered. Several players spoke Saturday of playing without urgency or consistency, and with the pressure of needing to win to stay in the playoff race, it was hard for any of them to explain exactly why that’s missing.During All-Star weekend, Kyle Kuzma told reporters that he was sure the Lakers would be in the playoffs. After the game in New Orleans, he said “I don’t know” when asked if the loss made him question if the Lakers would indeed get there.“I just think that we got to be consistent,” he said. “We got to be consistent with everything, just consistent with our body language, our effort as a whole. We’re just not consistent.”Still, other Lakers didn’t quite buy that the sky is falling. Rajon Rondo acknowledged a lack of urgency and team buy-in, but noted that no one questioned that the Lakers had it after beating Houston at home to start the All-Star break.A few losses down the stretch will be inevitable. Rondo said the Lakers must withstand the criticism and doubt that accompanies them.“Everything is blown up when you lose,” he said. “When we won the game in Houston everything was fine, but obviously we’re going to lose probably one or two or three more games within this 23-game stretch so just try to keep an even-keel mentality – never too high and never too low.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — He’s talked about being “activated” and “kick starting something” in the last week. But for all the faith LeBron James has in himself to play more intensely for the final 23 games of the season, the Lakers’ star still seems to have some doubt.After Saturday’s loss in New Orleans, the 34-year-old vented some of his frustrations in a five-minute media session that captured his unrest with the Lakers’ current predicament. With the Lakers (29-30) still stuck in 10th place and losing ground against the Pelicans in the 128-115 defeat, the franchise is at risk of missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season. James might miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005.His response to the latest loss was to question, in roundabout fashion, the approach of others in the locker room who have yet to go to the playoffs.“When you’ve never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you’re afraid to get uncomfortable,” he said. “So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’m not saying that’s what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at times that sometimes we’re afraid to be uncomfortable and kind of get out of our comfort zone.” While James seemed low after the game, he also seemed to accept, to a certain degree, that some of the Lakers’ struggles were out of any one person’s control – even his own. He acknowledged that he knew turning the franchise around would be an uphill battle, and injuries and suspensions have made it harder.He hoped that Lonzo Ball’s return from a sprained ankle, which still might be some time away, would help the team return to the level of play they reached when they were 20-14 back in December. It might be that having reached that plateau already this season has deepened James’ frustration that it’s been so difficult to get back.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience the roster had at that point and time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball. And we were doing that and obviously, it sucks that my injury happened and Zo’s injury happened and so many of our injuries happened.”center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn the floor, James’ contributions have been up to his high standard: He’s averaging a triple-double – 24.6 ppg, 10.4 apg, 10.4 rpg – during the eight games he’s played since returning from an injured groin. While he receives criticism at times for less intensity on the defensive end, he showed some surprising scrappiness against the Houston Rockets, including taking a late charge against James Harden.But James has also held unapologetically high standards for teammates, saying at the trade deadline, for example, that previous teams he had played on had found a way to play on past rumors and speculation that clouded players’ futures. James’ expectations have been molded by eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, and he has occasionally offered postgame comments that question whether the Lakers are ready to follow suit.When asked what it meant to be “uncomfortable,” James seemed to offer some advice for the players around him.“It’s like, basketball, is that the most important thing while we’re doing this?,” he said. “Is it the most important thing in your life at this time? … If you feel like you’re giving it all to the game then you can do other things. But if you feel like you’re not giving as much as you can, then you can’t focus on anything else.”The Lakers’ locker room has been particularly tense for about a month, since two things became public: That Pelicans star Anthony Davis wanted to be traded, and that the Lakers were interested in acquiring him.last_img read more