THE HSE will “shortly” commence renaming hospitals in the Mid-West as the University of Limerick Hospitals Group.
The exercise has been on the cards since the opening of the Graduate Entry Medical School at UL in 2007. Limerick Regional and other hospitals in the Mid-West are also home to trainee doctors enrolled at UCC.
Six acute hospitals - Limerick Regional, the Regional Maternity, Croom Orthopaedic, St John’s, Ennis and Nenagh - have been operating under a single operating and governance structure since last year.
“The objective is that the Mid Western Regional Hospitals Group will become a major teaching hospital, building on the existing partnership with the University of Limerick. This partnership will be reflected shortly with the renaming of the group as the University of Limerick Hospitals Group,” a spokesman for the HSE said.
In the HSE Mid-West service plan for 2013, hospitals group CEO Ann Doherty said that by being a designated teaching hospital, the group “benefits from significant research capabilities through the activities of joint consultant/professor appointments in many areas such as medicine, surgery, and obstetrics/gynaecology to name but a few”.
“In addition, our close links mean that we benefit from the research of its adjunct professors in areas such as cardiovascular health, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics/gynaecology, medicine and nutrition.
“These developments have been pivotal in attracting top medical professionals and this means the hospitals group is strongly positioned to continue to secure the highest standards of medical education and training for doctors at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This strong education environment creates obvious benefits in maintaining and improving the quality of patient care,” Ms Doherty said.
The HSE has previously been unable to confirm how much the rebranding exercise will cost.