Med school head sees Regional rebranding

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE OUTGOING head of UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School has said he hopes to see the Mid Western Regional Hospital rebranded as University Hospital Limerick before his tenure finishes next year.

THE OUTGOING head of UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School has said he hopes to see the Mid Western Regional Hospital rebranded as University Hospital Limerick before his tenure finishes next year.

Professor Paul Finucane will step down from his role as head of the school when his contract expires in August 2012, but with work expected to be well underway on a new Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC) at the site of the Regional, he hopes that a name change will come about before the end of his tenure.

“I would be very hopeful that by the time I leave in 2012 the work will be well advanced on the CERC in Dooradoyle and I would also think it is high time that the hospital was rebranded as University Hospital,” he said.

The €9m CERC facility will be jointly funded by UL and by the HSE.

“I think the other thing that needs to happen, now that we have an educational programme up and running, and by August 2012 we will have the second batch of graduates from UL, is that there needs to be a far greater emphasis on developing biomedical research to go along with the educational agenda that has gained a lot of momentum,” he added.

The Newcastle West native was instrumental in establishing the school in UL and has been involved with it since its foundation and development since 2004. He said he would be “leaving with a heavy heart” when his contract finishes.

“I am now in my eighth year there and it has been a fantastic experience, I have loved every second of it,” he explained.

“It has been an extraordinary opportunity for me to do something on this scale, but I am moving on from UL and will leave with a heavy heart in many ways. It has been fantastic experience but I think it is time to move on and do something else.”