US healthcare giant buys Kilkenny’s Aut Even Hospital
Kilkenny’s Aut Even Hospital, the oldest private hospital in Ireland, has been bought by UPMC.
Announcing the acquisition, UPMC said it plans to expand services at Aut Even “to better serve patients throughout the country”.
The US-based international private hospital group, which also owns the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, said patients and staff at the 105-year-old hospital, to be renamed UPMC Aut Even Hospital, will also benefit from “planned investments in new or additional medical services and technologies”.
UPMC International President Charles Bogosta said: “In coordination with nearby UPMC Whitfield Hospital and other UPMC operations stretching from Kildare to Cork, the purchase of UPMC Aut Even gives us the opportunity to conveniently and effectively treat more patients close to home.
“Our growing footprint in Ireland means that more patients in more places will have access to health care managed by a leading academic medical centre focused on providing cutting-edge treatments and world-class quality to every patient we serve.”
Aut Even is a 71-bed elective, private hospital with an 18-bed day surgery unit. It currently delivers a wide range of surgical, diagnostic and medical services across more than 20 specialties, including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gynecology, endoscopy and radiology.
“With the acquisition of Aut Even, UPMC will expand patient choice for receiving trusted, high-quality care in Ireland,” said David Beirne, managing director of UPMC in Ireland and senior vice president of UPMC International.
Mr Beirne noted that UPMC Whitfield and Aut Even will be managed to ensure efficient coordination of services.
“UPMC also expects to continue working closely with our public hospital partners, as we’ve done both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, to assist in providing needed care to all patients,” said Beirne.
UPMC’s acquisition of Aut Even is subject to approval by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. The terms of the purchase have not been disclosed.