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Hospitals Group Board meets in Portiuncula

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The Board of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospitals Group met in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe last week – the fourth meeting of the full Board since the non-Executive Directors of the Board were appointed in January.

It was also the first meeting since the Minister for Health announced the expansion of the Group to include Mayo, Letterkenny and Sligo last week.

“Last week was another milestone in the development of hospital groups and in particular for the newly expanded hospital group for the West / North West. It is the intention of the Board and the management team of the Group to become the first hospital trust in the country,” said Board chairman Noel Daly.

“We have had a head start with part of the Group already up and running for over a year now. The remit of the Board is to develop effective corporate and clinical governance structures along with quality and safety systems of care for patients. Much of the groundwork for this has been completed which will make it easier to integrate all the hospitals into a common governance arrangement and put structures in place to bring the seven hospitals to the next level of performance and accountability,” he added.

“Minister Reilly has described the formation of the new hospital groups as the most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades. The Group now has more autonomy to manage resources, both funding and staffing, in a way that is appropriate to the needs of our patients.

“In addition, the Minister laid out the road map for the development of the hospital groups, leading to the establishment of hospital trusts on a statutory basis in 2015. The Department of Health will put in place an overarching policy framework to guide the reorganisation of hospital services from a national standpoint and the roll-out of the hospital groups will be overseen by a National Strategic Advisory Group.

“Each hospital group must develop a strategic plan for their future service configuration and these plans must describe how each group will provide more efficient and effective patient services to the respective populations.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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