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

Lawmakers Lobby for CFPB to Exempt Credit Unions from Rulemakings

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Credit Unions Regulatory Burden Regulatory Oversight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CFPB Credit Unions Regulatory Burden Regulatory Oversight 2016-03-15 Brian Honea March 15, 2016 1,385 Views Share Save  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago A bipartisan group of 329 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray urging the director to use the CFPB’s authority granted by the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt credit unions from certain regulations set forth by the Bureau.The relationship between the regulator for credit unions, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and the CFPB has been a rocky one since the Bureau’s formation nearly five years ago, with CUNA claiming that credit unions should not fall under the CFPB’s oversight because they did not play a role in the 2008 financial crisis. Cordray may have fanned the flames in February when he defended the Bureau’s oversight of credit unions and several of the Bureau’s mortgage-related regulatory changes, namely the Qualified Mortgage rule and the new servicing rules, in a public speech at CUNA.Reps. Adam Schiff (D-California) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) led the bipartisan group of House members in writing the letter, which praised credit unions and community banks for the “safe and sound” lending opportunities they provide for their customers. The lawmakers also noted in their letter that the CFPB routinely does not distinguish credit unions and community banks from the largest lenders for which their regulations were intended.The CFPB “may unintentionally burden community-based financial institutions and limit the choice and availability of consumer credit,” according to the letter.“(The CFPB) may unintentionally burden community-based financial institutions and limit the choice and availability of consumer credit.”The letter cited a recent report by the Government Accountability Office on the regulatory impact of some of the provisions set forth by Dodd-Frank, and “the study found that there are a number of cases where financial services have been limited or discontinued by community-based financial institutions due to new requirements.”The lawmakers pointed out that Section 1022(b)(3)(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act gives the CFPB authority to exempt “any class” of entity from its rulemakings and regulations.“As you undertake rulemakings, we urge you to consider the benefits credit unions and community banks provide and ensure that regulations do not have the unintended consequence of limiting services or increasing costs for credit union members or community bank customers,” the House members wrote.The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) praised the lawmakers’ efforts.“We thank Representatives Schiff and Stivers for their leadership on this issue, as well as all of the members of Congress that signed the letter for their recognition of the overwhelming regulatory burden facing today’s credit unions,” NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler said.Click here to view the entire letter. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: What is Keeping Consumer Credit Default Rates Low? Next: The Pros and the Cons of Closing with TRID The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Lawmakers Lobby for CFPB to Exempt Credit Unions from Rulemakings Related Articles Lawmakers Lobby for CFPB to Exempt Credit Unions from Rulemakings Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more