Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 64 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell By MARGARET McAUSTIN Councilmember District 2 Published on Friday, December 4, 2020 | 5:35 pm Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Margaret McAustin[Editor’s Note: At an organizational meeting on Monday, the Pasadena City Council will install newly elected Councilmembers. Felicia Williams will be sworn in to replace Margaret McAustin representing District 2. McAustin held the seat since 2007, but withdrew from the most recent re-election race to spend more time with her husband John, who is battling cancer.]I would like to thank my constituents for taking a chance on me in 2007 and for their strong support as we have navigated the past thirteen years together. We’ve been through some difficult times but I have always tried to be as open, honest and responsive to you as I can. I would also like to thank former Mayor Bill Bogaard for his confidence in me and for his example of public service, which I have endeavored to model. I recently sent you a note about Margo, and want you to know that Margo is responsible for the high quality of response you have gotten from this office. It is her heart, her positive attitude and her hard work that makes District 2 tick, and after twenty five years in her position I look forward to continuing my relationship with her as my friend.As I leave the council I’m pleased to be replaced by a woman, but I’m disappointed and even embarrassed to be the only woman on an eight member elected body. Pasadena will be a better place if we have more women in decision making positions, particularly on the City Council. The form of government we employ calls for a strong city manager, and a weak mayor. The system is designed for volunteer citizen participation as city councilmembers. But it was designed by men, for men. It’s time to woman up and take our place in our City government. One is not enough.I would also like to suggest that implementation of campaign finance reform in Pasadena will allow for greater diversity in the potential pool of candidates for elected office in Pasadena. I sincerely hope the Council will pursue that as a social justice effort.I would like to take a few minutes to talk about our City Government and staff. There has been tremendous pressure on staff this year from the impacts of COVID-19. I could not be prouder of the way not only the Health Department has responded, but every single city employee has stepped up to handle our response. I don’t think any of our residents experienced a diminution in services throughout this pandemic. For that we look to the executive staff and City Manager. We have an excellent City Manager who is respected and holds the admiration of the 2000 employees he manages. Pasadena is a well-run city, and a city where women hold many of the senior leadership positions, and we should be proud of that. Thank you to all the city staff who have supported me and my efforts on behalf of my district over the years.There is one particular department which has been under a lot of pressure lately. Everyone may not be aware of it, but we have one of the most progressive police chiefs in the state. Chief Perez was reorganizing the department long before the calls for social justice started ringing in Pasadena. He knew we needed to align the police department to reflect the community and its needs and he began that effort with the full support of his department. I am so proud of the work he and the men and women in the PPD have done to create a model department. Full implementation of this change will take time, perhaps years, and I ask you to stay committed to the Chief while the modifications to the department take place. We need to show him we believe in him and the PPD.Without the support of my husband and family I simply could not have become a City Councilmember. The emotional and financial support of my husband has given me the freedom to become a public servant in a truly wonderful city. With my husband now in good health, we will have more time to enjoy all Pasadena has to offer.Thank you again for the opportunity to serve in the great city of Pasadena.Margaret McAustinCouncilmember District 2 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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UL Hospitals Group Working To Improve Patient Experience

first_imgNewsHealthUL Hospitals Group Working To Improve Patient ExperienceBy Staff Reporter – April 17, 2018 1181 Linkedin Clare could provide solution to Limerick hospital problems Twitter Email New theatre suite in progress at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stay SunSmart come rain or shine University Hospital LimerickAcute hospitals across the country will again this year participate in the National Patient Experience Survey. The 2018 survey is part of a broader programme to help improve the quality and safety of healthcare services provided to patients in Ireland.The survey tries to understand how patients interact with the healthcare system and how they experience this process. It will help us establish what is working well in our hospitals and what needs to be improved.All inpatients discharged from University Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital during May 2018 will be invited to participate in this survey.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, said, “the results of the 2017 survey provided us with a rich source of information to help improve hospital care.  We used the results to develop quality improvement plans, which outlined how patients’ priorities are being addressed”The 2017 survey demonstrated that many patients reported very positive experiences of care on the ward, patients were very positive about the support they received from staff and patients also reported positive experiences of emotional support.Key findings for UL Hospitals Group in the 2017 survey were that across the UL Hospitals Group, 84% of patients rated their overall experience as good (29%) or very good (55%).Asked whether they had trust and confidence in the staff treating them, 85% of patients replied always; 13% sometimes and 2% said they did not.A number of areas for improvement were identified and these included waiting times in the emergency department, communications around diagnosis and test results and the patient discharge and transfer process.According to Miriam McCarthy, Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services Manager: “the Patient Experience Survey results have given us a clear insight into the patient’s experiences in our hospitals and have assisted us in understanding what really matters to patients. It confirms for us the importance of working in partnership with our patients, their carers, our staff and communities. Even small changes can lead to improved patient safety,  wellbeing and care experience. These findings will serve to inform quality improvement initiatives across the UL Hospitals Group.”In response to last year’s survey findings UL Hospitals Group has developed a quality improvement plan – Listening Responding and Improving  – and to date we have implemented a number of improvements or projects, including:·        The opening of a new Emergency Department at UHL; a number of new projects on Patient Flow implemented including one focused on patients over the age of 75 which has reduced by two hours their average wait times in ED·        Full patient meals are now served to admitted patients in ED; a review of patient menus is underway and a new policy around mealtimes implemented on some sites·        New name badges have been introduced across the Group as part of the #hellomynameis campaign·        Wider promotion of the role of pastoral care team in UHL so patients of all faiths and none can speak to someone about their worries or fears·        Additional PALS volunteers for ED at UHL; a patient befriender volunteer for Nenagh Hospital·        New leaflets are being published for patients with information around the discharge process and around medication management on discharge;·        Patient information- updating leaflets to ensure they comply with NALA health literacy guidelines –examples include those for patient attending eye theatre and ward in UHL; Croom Orthopaedic Hospital reviewing information packs covering everything from pre-op assessment to post-discharge; notice boards for patients and visitors being piloted in two ward area in UHL·        New Community Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Clare working with Ennis Hospital, patients and families around discharge planning. What Matters To You Project – supporting more meaningful conversations between patients and caregivers – plans underway to roll it out further in Ennis·        Electronic discharge has commenced in Cardiology at UHL and is being expanded“We again encourage our patients to participate in this year’s survey – their feedback is very important to us and provides us with important information on how we can continue to improve patient care and build on positive patient experience.” Prof Cowan concluded.More about health here. 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