Hospital workers across the U.S. present sharply different pictures of their preparedness for the coronavirus

first_img U.S. hospitals are bracing for an onslaught of patients sickened by the new coronavirus, shoring up supplies, refining crisis plans, and putting on a brave face. But there’s another narrative at play: Many health workers feel left in the lurch.STAT heard in recent days from dozens of frontline hospital employees, and depending on where they worked, they presented sharply different pictures of preparedness. There are those who believe their health systems are equipped to weather the coming storm. Others are less sure.“For the hospitals, it depends on who is in charge — what camp your leadership is in,” an anesthesiologist on the East Coast, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told STAT. “There’s been the ‘just the flu’ contingent, and everyone else.”advertisement If Covid-19 gets bad, triage will be needed. Are we ready for that? @megkesh Related: Meghana Keshavan Some hospitals have engineered new protocols to triage ill patients — turning to tools like hotlines and telemedicine to advise those with mild illness on how to manage their symptoms. They have devised backup plans should intensive care units become overrun, including stopping elective surgeries and preparing to expand critical care into operating rooms.But others are lagging.Despite assurances from their hospitals’ leadership, many frontline workers are worried about emergency departments overrun, and too few life-support devices to go around. They’re afraid of protective supplies running low and of contracting the virus themselves — and passing it along to their loved ones. In China, 3,300 health workers were sickened by the virus, and 13 died.Reports from the Seattle area, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, indicate that some of the city’s hospitals are nearly overwhelmed. One hospital’s note to staff, shared with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, says the “local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy.” The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.“Our health care staff has been taking our N95 masks, because people are scared for their families,” said a resident physician in Philadelphia, one of the dozens of people who responded to STAT’s callout for health workers’ stories. “I’m worried about my parents, too.” Leave this field empty if you’re human: Hospital employees have uniformly been kept abreast of Covid-19 preparations through emails and web-based training modules. But there has been little in the way of in-person training on protocols for dealing with a virulent contagion. Although many first responders have been schooled in dealing with highly infectious diseases, other hospital employees are left wondering if they’ll be safe.“This is unlike any other outbreak I’ve been involved with,” said Rainee Sinroll, a nurse in Missouri who worked through the H1N1 epidemic and has spoken extensively with other health workers in her region. “There’s absolutely no training and information to the staff that will be involved. And no message to the community that would lower cases, thereby allowing better care in our facilities.”A surgical tech in New Mexico is expecting to see Covid-19 patients coming into her hospital, since the first cases were discovered in the state just a few days ago. But she’s deeply unhappy with the guidance from her hospital to date.“Some of my colleagues and I feel let down,” said Alyssa Estrada, an instrument sterilization technician who says her hospital is already short-staffed. “If something happens, how are we going to keep our department running if we don’t have the manpower?”There may be enough masks and gowns at her hospital, she said, but she’s already having difficulty getting sterilization equipment. Sanitation wipes, and sprays that get rid of biofilms — that is, slimy amalgamations of pathogens that reside on equipment — are in short supply.“It’s kind of strange, because I feel like the city has been warning us more than the actual hospital has,” she said. “In the end, we’re all going to have to work together if this gets serious — and I feel like we all need to be more up-to-date on the information.” By Meghana Keshavan March 14, 2020 Reprints Privacy Policy HospitalsHospital workers across the U.S. present sharply different pictures of their preparedness for the coronavirus A certified nurse assistant in Alabama said that she, too, has been recently ill with a virus — and hasn’t had access to testing, despite working with a vulnerable population. The situation has been “very confusing, arbitrary, chaotic!” she said.“No one among the CNA staff is talking about this in any meaningful way,” she said. “If the nurses are, I don’t know about it.”In her hospital in Florida, Adirim has seen a disconnect in the attitudes of health workers glued to the news and others who have adopted a wait-and-watch outlook.“I still hear other doctors in the hallways, saying this is just like the flu,” the East Coast anesthesiologist said. “Not everyone has been taking this as seriously as they should.”Last month, she used her own money to buy goggles for herself and her husband — to protect against the virus, should it go airborne when patients are put on ventilators.“If we hadn’t bought those goggles, we wouldn’t have anything,” she said.In China and Italy, as health workers fell ill with Covid-19, health professionals from other specialties were trained to replace them. That very well might happen in the U.S., Adirim said.When working with the Department of Homeland Security on prior epidemics, such as H1N1, Adirim’s team considered the possibility of health worker burnout or attrition — whether, under the threat of exhaustion or illness, employees would stop showing up at work.But that hasn’t happened in Italy, or in China, nor during prior epidemics. The jury’s still out on the U.S. response, Adirim said, but she thinks that health workers will rise to the occasion and work tirelessly to combat the pandemic.“I think those of us who go into health care fields understand that risk,” Adirim said. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has kicked off a telemedicine program, as have several other hospitals around the country. Like Stanford, the Manhattan health system has detailed triage plans — with tools to divert milder cases and bring the critical patients in for intensive care.“I think we’re prepared,” said Jolion McGreevy, medical director of the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency department. “We have the resources, and it’s all being coordinated by a system command center that has high leadership.”Large hospitals in many cities compete for patients, but the three major health systems in the Cleveland area — University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, and MetroHealth are absorbing the lessons taught by hard-hit cities like Wuhan in China and Bergamo in Italy.“We have a trifecta approach in the city of Cleveland to mobilize joint resources for ambulatory care, mirroring what we’re seeing in other cities abroad,” said Robert Hughes, associate medical director of the department of emergency medicine at University Hospitals. “I’ve found that the collaborative spirit between the health systems in our city has been better for the community we serve.”The fallout from the national dearth of Covid-19 testing kits looms, as well. Health workers who have fallen ill worry whether they have a cold, the flu, or the novel coronavirus — and most have no way of knowing the truth.An East Coast emergency room physician who wished to remain anonymous has been ill for several weeks — with symptoms that appear, in her professional opinion, to be consistent with Covid-19. Although confirmed negative for the flu and other respiratory viral illnesses, the physician was denied coronavirus testing because there was no confirmed exposure to another patient ill with the disease.“I’ve missed several weeks of work, unpaid, to avoid putting patients at risk,” the physician said. “I’m frustrated that I still can’t get tested to ensure I am safe to return to work.” Related: Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Terry Adirim, a trained pediatric emergency physician who helps lead clinical care at Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, agreed that there is “variability in preparedness” that has to do with hospital leadership. But the former senior Department of Defense and Homeland Security official added, “I think that comes because federal guidances haven’t been as strong as they could be.”We want to hear from you: Are you a health care worker affected by the coronavirus outbreak? Please tell us about your experience.Delays in rolling out coronavirus tests mean it’s impossible to know how many people are infected, and how bad the epidemic will get. Knowing what to be ready for is difficult in these circumstances, and the level of preparedness appears to vary from state to state, city to city, hospital to hospital — and from individual to individual.advertisement Medical workers at the Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus at a drive-through testing facility in San Francisco on Thursday. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images Related: [email protected] Patients hospitalized with Covid-19 typically have pneumonia and difficulty breathing, which would require treatment with oxygen or, in severe cases, intubation and being hooked up to a ventilator. Physicians see these cases on a regular basis, but treating them in droves could overwhelm a hospital’s capacity.“I’m concerned we won’t have enough epinephrine or albuterol — these are the bread and butter meds we use every day for pneumonias,” a pediatric ICU doctor in Chicago said.The news reports from China, Iran, and Italy in particular has been sobering. Health workers in some places in Italy have had to choose which patient gets ventilator care, and which patient will not, according to reports from physicians there.Many hospitals in the U.S. are already operating at high capacity. There are 45,000 ICU hospital beds and 160,000 ventilators nationwide — but, in the event of a moderate outbreak, about 200,000 Americans would need such intensive care. And that leaves out all the patients who might need lifesaving procedures, equipment, and medications for reasons other than coronavirus.“It’s frightening, because for me as a doctor, I realize there is going to be a certain point where we’ll be forced to make decisions we’re not comfortable making,” the resident physician in Philadelphia said.Though she’s received plenty of training in how to treat patients sickened by severe pneumonia, she said her medical education hasn’t involved making these heart-wrenching triage decisions.“We’ve been so blessed by an excess of resources that we’ve never had to withdraw care from someone’s loved one because we need their ventilator for someone else,” she said. “But I’m scared of that happening.”Many health systems say they are confident in their ability to tackle a surge of novel coronavirus cases.Stanford University’s health system, for instance, has “redefined its triage process,” according to Sam Shen, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine. It has set up a drive-through clinic for ill patients, in operation since Monday, that’s meant to test for coronavirus once tests are readily available. Severely ill patients will be directed immediately to negative-pressure rooms.The university is also setting up tents in front of the emergency department entrance, to create an isolation space so patients with possible Covid-19 infections don’t need to enter the ER. President Trump just declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. Here’s what that means Please enter a valid email address. What does the coronavirus mean for the U.S. health care system? Some simple math offers alarming answers About the Author Reprints Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. Tags Coronavirushospitalsinfectious diseasepublic healthlast_img read more

Budget 2014: End of graduated rates for testamentary trusts

first_img Jamie Golombek Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Dynamic launches U.S. sector fund

first_img BMO to launch six new mutual funds The fund uses a rules-based approach to investing in the U.S. equity market. It is an active solution that invests in a focused number of rising sectors of the U.S. equity market while also having the flexibility to protect capital against prolonged downturns. “Volatility and market noise can often subject us to our behavioural investment biases. A legitimately active yet disciplined rules based approach, such as the one developed by Zyblock and his team, can provide an investment solution that helps clients navigate through the ups and downs of the market cycle and, more importantly, stay opportunistically invested for the long-term to meet their financial goals,” said Jordy Chilcott, president & CEO, Dynamic Funds, in a release. The fund seeks to achieve long-term appreciation by investing primarily in a focused number of U.S. sectors from the S&P 500’s GICS sectors through investments in ETFs, or in fixed income securities and cash and cash equivalents. The fund’s allocation follows a proprietary methodology that focuses on price momentum, price persistence, and market breadth metrics to systematically select a concentrated set of sectors that the portfolio manager believes to be favourable. The fund may also eliminate its entire equity exposure and become invested in fixed income or cash for downside protection during down markets. Dynamic Funds is a division of 1832 Asset Management L.P. Related news Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Dynamic Funds Wednesday announced the launch of Dynamic U.S. Sector Focus Class. The fund will be managed by Myles Zyblock, a global portfolio strategist with over 18 years of industry experience and who is also the firm’s chief investment strategist. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite IE Staff Keywords Fund launches Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Hong Kong brokerage firms can join London Stock Exchange

first_img EU regulators warn financial firms to prep for Brexit Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords Europe James Langton Regulators in Hong Kong have given approval for brokerage firms under their oversight to become members of the London Stock Exchange plc (LSE). The LSE said that it has received regulatory approval from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to allow trading firms to become members of the exchange and to connect directly to both the most liquid stock market in Europe and the LSE’s derivatives market. center_img European regulators outline fintech best practices “This is a significant development in further deepening the ties between London, Hong Kong and China,” said Alexander Justham, CEO of the LSE. “Like Hong Kong, London has always been a market open to the world and we are excited about the increasingly strong relationship being forged between these two exceptional global financial centres.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media ESMA examines short-termismlast_img read more

No advantage for U.K. HFTs in real-time, FCA paper finds

first_img U.S. derivatives regulator allows ICE speed bump Getting ghosted by the markets Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter There is no evidence that high-frequency traders (HFTs) are able to systemically exploit slower traders in real-time, although they do appear to have an advantage over longer time periods, according to a paper published on Friday by The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA paper examines order book data from the U.K. equity market for evidence of HFTs anticipating the order flow of other traders. Keywords High frequency tradingCompanies Financial Conduct Authority center_img HFT costs global markets US$5 billion annually, FCA research finds Related news James Langton The researchers report that HFTs don’t appear to be systemically exploiting their speed advantage to trade ahead of other orders in real-time. “We do not find evidence that HFTs systematically anticipate near-simultaneous marketable orders sent to different trading venues by pure non-HFTs,” the FCA paper says. The paper suggests that this finding could be a function of the fact that all of the trading venues in the U.K. are in close physical proximity to one another, so it takes microseconds for messages to go from one venue to another. As well, the regulatory framework in the U.K. “makes it more difficult to predict where orders will be routed, compared to the US market,” the paper says. Over longer time periods (measured in seconds), the researchers report that they did find patterns that are consistent with HFTs anticipating the order flow of non-HFTs. “However, we cannot say whether this is due to HFTs reacting more rapidly to new information, or to order-flow anticipation,” the FCA paper says. “This behaviour may or may not be detrimental depending on very specific characteristics of the order flow,” the paper adds. last_img read more

Resurgence in shareholder activism anticipated for 2017

first_imgJames Langton Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Divestment and engagement work together to drive ESG Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Power, politics and passivity in the public marketscenter_img Shareholder activists will likely step up their efforts against non-financial services companies in North America this year, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. The credit-rating agency is expecting a resurgence in shareholder activism, after a decline last year. Says Chris Plath, vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s, in a statement: “Rising M&A activity, as well as companies’ growing cash piles and abundance of investment capital, will likely produce more activist campaigns in the year ahead.” Activists will likely target primarily mid-sized and smaller companies, with only occasional runs at large firms, the report suggests: “The bulk of activism will focus on smaller firms because it’s easier to gain a foothold and exert leverage over their boards and management. Smaller companies also have fewer resources to mount defenses against activist campaigns, in addition to being more plentiful relative to mid- and large-sized entities.” On a sectoral basis, technology companies will remain favourite targets for activists, the Moody’s report says, “due to their large cash balances, low debt levels, steady cash flows and relatively small dividend payments.” However, activists may be challenged to find attractive targets in the year ahead, Plath suggests: “Headwinds from stretched equity market valuations, rising interest rates and few clear opportunities in large-caps will translate into only a modest uptick from 2016 levels.” Investors must fight against income inequality, SHARE says Keywords Shareholder activism last_img read more

IIT Delhi professor unveils portable diagnostic device

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The device can read dozens of diagnostic test strips with a 99.12 per cent correlation when compared to lab grade scannersDr Satish Dubey, Professor, IIT Delhi, recently uncovered a portable diagnostic device that can read dozens of diagnostic test strips with a 99.12 per cent correlation when compared to lab grade scanners.The tested diagnostic device developed by Bengaluru-based medical diagnostic firm, Inito has achieved the performance of a Rs 3 lakh costing bulky lab reader in a Rs 3000 device that is small and portable. This discovery opens up realms of opportunities in the space of medical diagnostics as it allows access to medical diagnostic labs right in people’s home. Smartphone ownership in India is growing rapidly and now anyone with a smartphone can monitor their body using a few simple steps.The device uses a patent-pending imaging technology called ‘flat lens’ that allows a single portable device paired with a smartphone to conduct dozens of diagnostic tests with the same device. The invention of a ubiquitous platform that enables testing of a variety of tests at low costs, in the comfort of home is path-breaking.The first test that Inito has launched is a fertility monitor targeted at couples trying to have a baby. Tests for diabetes, thyroid and Vitamin D tests will soon be added to the device. Addition of more tests takes just an App update and ordering the strips for the user. Third party strips can also be added to the Inito platform by just an App upgrade.For measuring the performance of the Inito device, measurements using strips of estrogen and lutenizing hormone were taken and measured in both lab grade readers and the Inito Device. The researchers then found that there is a 99.12 per cent correlation between the Inito Device and the Qiagen ESE Quant lab reader. Additionally, the company had validated the device using 360 urine samples collected from 50 women from Bengaluru in urban and sub-urban areas across three months.Dr Dubey said, “It was observed that the measurements from the Inito device have a high correlation with that of the Qiagen reader irrespective of the mobile phone used. This makes the Inito Device a reliable tool for portable diagnostics.”Varun AV, co-founder of Inito said “Reliability is one of the most important attributes of a medical device. Achieving the performance of strip readers that is 100 times more expensive and 10x bulkier in a small and portable form factor like Inito is a proof of the cutting edge technology that Inito has built.” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img IIT Delhi professor unveils portable diagnostic device By EH News Bureau on February 16, 2018 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Article News Sharelast_img read more

HSE says Winter Plan is working as rate of surgery cancellations is confirmed

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Hospital waiting lists have dropped by a third compared to this time last year.The HSE has given an update on its Winter Plan, with figures showing 224 patients were waiting to be admitted to hospital from Emergency Departments.South Tipperary Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were among those with the highest waiting numbers.Over the weekend, 5,700 patients attended our EDs, with over 1,400 admitted for further treatment.The Health Minister Simon Harris says the lower rate of flu so far this season may be contributing to the figures……………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.25 procedures had to be cancelled every day in the first 9 months of the year because of overcrowding in hospitals.New figures released to the Irish Daily Mail show a total of 7 thousand operations didn’t go ahead because of what the HSE calls “capacity issues”.The Irish Medical Organisation says it’s a “national disgrace” – President Peadar Gilligan says it highlights the need for more bed space……………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford HSE says Winter Plan is working as rate of surgery cancellations is confirmedcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleBuncrana fire being treated as maliciousNext articleREA says Brexit will impact on Donegal house prices in 2019 News Highland Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – December 31, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

NYSPHSAA cancels spring state championships; regular season games ‘on hold’

first_img Add to Google+ (Photo: SUE KANE)By BILLY HEYENThere will be no state champions this spring in New York state.The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday that it is canceling state championships across the NYSPHSAA’s eight spring sports: baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys golf, boys tennis, and boys and girls track and field. The NYSPHSAA is the state federation that Section V competes in, so no Section V teams will earn state titles this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.)” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA’s President, in Monday’s release. “Canceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing.”Section V has not yet made its own announcement in regards to play locally this spring. No competition will begin until schools are reopened, which cannot happen until May 15 at the earliest based on governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest ruling. Column: Sports have proven to us not to lose hopeOn April 13, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello told media that he believes it’s “unlikely” that schools will open again before the end of the academic year. Sections VIII and XI, both located on Long Island, have already canceled their spring sports seasons. Nearby states have already ruled uniformly on spring sports, as both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania canceled spring sports seasons earlier in April. The cancellation of the spring sports state championships prevents Victor boys’ lacrosse and McQuaid baseball from defending state titles. In addition, these returning track and field athletes and teams will be unable to defend state titles:Anaya Dees, Hilton (Division I long jump)Danielle Fisk, Honeoye Falls-Lima (Division II high jump)Emma Kinnicutt, Wellsville (Division II discus)UPrep boys (Division II 400 relay)Aquinas girls (Division II 400 relay)“Today’s decision is difficult for the membership of NYSPHSAA.  We certainly sympathize with the students, coaches and their school communities, especially the graduating seniors,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said in the release.A potential resumption of the spring season specifically in Section V would feature challenges from a scheduling standpoint. Teams would likely be unable to play any of their scheduled out-of-section games, and instead of an early-April start to end-of-June completion, there’d be at least a month and a half less time. The cancellation of Regents exams by the state could create a bit more wiggle room in the middle of June to jam games in and finish the season.In addition, while it’s likely Section V will make an official ruling regarding all its sports at some point, it’ll be up to each sport’s governing group to further determine how their respective shortened season will play out. Current New York state gathering protocols would also likely prohibit fans at any games, matches or meets that are held.The last sporting events to feature Section V teams took place on March 11, when four regional qualifier basketball games took place. That night, the NBA suspended its season and the rest of the sports world quickly followed suit. On March 23, the NYSPHSAA canceled the remaining winter championships.In the event of a total cancellation of the spring season in Section V, the NYSPHSAA’s official start date for fall sports is Monday, August 24, for both the high school and modified levels.  NYSPHSAA, Section V spring sports Print This Post Connect on Linked in Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. NYSPHSAA cancels spring state championships; regular season games ‘on hold’ Subscribe by Emailcenter_img By Billy Heyen on April 27, 2020No Comment NYSPHSAA cancels spring state championships; regular season games ‘on hold’ added by Billy Heyen on April 27, 2020View all posts by Billy Heyen →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share on Facebook Follow on Facebooklast_img read more

People / GBRf MD John Smith appointed CEO of parent company Hector Rail

first_imgA 40-year veteran of the rail industry, Mr Smith founded GB Railfreight in 1999 and remains MD. A company spokesman said: “GBRf will not be embarking on the recruitment of a new managing director straightaway. The strong executive team, Duncan Clark, Lee Armstrong, Ian Langton, Karl Goulding-Davis and Bob Tiller, will manage things and report directly to John in his new role.” By Gavin van Marle 04/01/2018 GB Railfreight (GBRf) managing director John Smith has been appointed as the new chief executive of parent company Hector Rail Group.GBRf was acquired by Hector Rail-owner EQT Infrastructure in October 2016 as part of its plans to develop a pan-European rail freight network.Hector Rail produces around 7.2m train km/year in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, and clients include industrial shippers, forwarders, intermodal operators and traditional railway companies.Mr Smith said today: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on what we started with GBRf, and to bring the knowledge that I have gained to our parent company. I plan to take that knowledge to Hector Rail, to continue to demonstrate the importance of rail freight in sustainable economic growth. “I feel there are significant opportunities at closer co-operation between the operators across Europe, and I hope to be the voice for that effort.”Hector Rail chairman Bo Lerenius said: “With a solid background of developing and growing companies, John Smith has full insight of the challenges and opportunities that Hector Rail Group currently faces.“The board is confident that John’s clear customer perspective and strong leadership will drive Hector Rail Group to become the leading independent pan-European rail freight operator.” GB Railfreight’s managing director, John Smithlast_img read more