Healthcare provider UPMC has announced the acquisition of 105-year-old Aut Even Hospital as part of its efforts to expand services in Ireland.

The historic hospital will be renamed UPMC Aut Even Hospital and its patients and staff will benefit from the planned investments by UPMC 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.”

The 71-bed Aut Even Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International and has a surgery unit with 18 beds.

At present, the hospital provides a range of surgical, diagnostic and medical services across more than 20 specialties, including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gynecology, endoscopy and radiology.

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UPMC in Ireland managing director David Beirne said: “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.”

Additionally, UPMC announced plans to create the UPMC Global Technology Operations Centre in Kilkenny.

The acquisition of Aut Even by UPMC is subject to approval by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

The parties have not disclosed the terms of the purchase.

In 2018, UPMC acquired what is now UPMC Whitfield Hospital and added UPMC Kildare Hospital last year.