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As part of its continued expansion of health care services in Ireland, UPMC has acquired Clane General Hospital in County Kildare, in partnership with the Institute of Eye Surgery, and is renaming the facility UPMC Kildare Hospital. UPMC also will work with IOES to create a national Ophthalmology Network of Excellence, while adding or expanding other needed medical specialties for patients in the region.

The financial terms of the UPMC Kildare acquisition are not being disclosed.

Located about 20 miles west of Dublin, 39-bed UPMC Kildare — which currently has about 35 consultants and a staff of 100 — will add services and treatments currently unavailable in the area. UPMC Kildare will be connected to cutting-edge vision research and clinical trials in Pittsburgh and Paris, under the leadership of Dr. José-Alain Sahel, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the UPMC Eye Center.

The IOES, the largest ophthalmology service in Ireland and now a minority partner in UPMC Kildare, already practices at the hospital and at UPMC Whitfield.

Since opening its first cancer center in Waterford in 2006, UPMC has rapidly expanded its footprint in Ireland in recent years. Besides the addition of UPMC Kildare, the global health care system recently opened a new UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Cork in partnership with the Bon Secours Health System; created a nationwide Concussion Network; and opened the UPMC Carlow Outreach Center. In 2018, UPMC acquired what is now called UPMC Whitfield Hospital, the largest private hospital in the South East. UPMC Whitfield has more than 50 consultants providing care in 25 specialties.