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UL Hospitals Group Multicultural Celebration Day

UHL Cultural Day performers and participants
Pictured are performers and participants in the UL Hospitals Group Multicultural Celebration , including members of 3rd and 4th Class at St. Nessan’s School, Mungret with Dorota Luczak Dydowicz from the Polish Consulate, UL Hospitals CEO Prof Colette Cowan and Healthy Ireland Project Lead, Laura Tobin

UL Hospitals Group held its second annual Multicultural Celebration Day at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) today, (Monday 25th March).

Colourful stands and displays, organised by staff working in UHL, lined the corridor of the Clinical Education and Research Centre in UHL. There were stands from India, Pakistan, Brazil, Sudan, Ireland, Greece, Philippines, Spain and Poland. Staff on the stands wore their own national dress, brought in foods to sample and had displays on their stands showing what is unique to the culture in each of their countries.

Members of staff and honorary guests, including the Polish Consulate Co-ordinator Dorota Luczak Dydowicz, were also treated to a concert of music, song and dance including Samba dancing, a talk from Polish colleagues on the symbolism of their national dress, Pakistani national dance and Irish dancing.

In addition to staff performances , there were performances from Ghanaian John Nutekpor  and other musicians from the UL World Academy of Music and Dance as well as the children from 3rd and 4th classes at St. Nessan’s School Mungret, Limerick which has a diverse multicultural population.

UL Hospitals has strong links with Ghana through the Learning Lives of Ghana charity set up by UL and UL Hospitals Group to work with the national health service in the west African nation.

Today’s event was organised as a collaborative effort involving, nursing & allied health professionals, healthcare attendants, attendants, portering, maintenance  and medical staff at UL Hospitals Group.

Events were also held in Nenagh Hospital and University Maternity Hospital Limerick with fabulous food and cultural displays organised by staff to mark the day.

Opening the event, Professor Paul Burke, Chief Clinical Director said, “The aim of our Multicultural Day today was to promote and celebrate cultural diversity at UL Hospitals. We are honoured to have such a rich variety of different cultures working with us and their contribution and dedication to patient care is hugely valued by us all.”

UL Hospitals Group has over 450 employees from 50 different countries around the globe, this number is growing year on year as the Group continues to develop services in line with its strategic priorities between now and 2022.

The HSE, and UL Hospitals Group continues to develop and grow a workforce which reflects the diversity of its service users, and which is strengthened through accommodating and valuing different perspectives, ultimately resulting in improved services to our patients.

Thanking all the participants in the event, Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group commented, “Our event today was a celebration of our cultural diversity, but it was also about recognising the importance of promoting culturally diverse teams within the organisation and the benefits which this brings to our patients. I would like to sincerely thank all those who took part for their support, we were delighted with the level of participation in what is set to become an annual event at UL Hospitals.”