Nursing regent takes over UST Hospital

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FR. JULIUS Paul Factora, O.P., a nursing graduate and canon lawyer, has been appointed by the UST Board of Trustees as chief executive officer (CEO) of UST Hospital.

Factora will serve a three-year term beginning July 17, according to a letter of appointment signed by Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, O.P., prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and chairman of the UST Board of Trustees.

He succeeded Fr. Manuel Roux, O.P., the former UST vice rector for finance who served as hospital CEO for four years. Roux oversaw the completion of the St. John Paul II expansion building, which was inaugurated in July 2019.

Factora earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1995 and obtained his doctorate degree in canon law from the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties in 2012.

Factora, who is also regent of the College of Nursing, obtained his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 2005 and licentiate in 2008.

He is also an assistant professor of the Faculty of Canon Law.

Sipalay on April 29 held in abeyance a retrenchment of UST Hospital workers earlier announced by hospital medical director Dr. Marcellus Francis Ramirez.

UST Hospital began accepting patients anew on June 7, weeks after it was forced to regulate admissions and postpone elective procedures at selected units due to a reduced workforce and increased patient admissions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.