ONE of three private hospitals planned for Limerick yesterday signed an agreement with a medical group to operate its €100 million facility.
The Limerick Private Hospital confirmed that Mount Carmel Medical Group will be the operating partner for the new hospital, to be built near the southern ring road tunnel, which is currently under construction.
Mount Carmel Medical Group (MCMG) has three private hospitals — Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin, Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sligo.
MCMG is also the preferred bidder for co-location projects in Sligo, Blanchardstown and Waterford.
The planned 92-bed Limerick Private Hospital is due to open in December 2009, and will provide comprehensive services.
The facility will have six operating theatres, four high dependency units and a generous mix of private rooms and specially allocated isolation rooms.
The hospital will include a dedicated day surgery department, an urgent care centre and a 10 bay oncology unit. There will be 20 consultancy suites located near the clinical areas.
Mary Fitzgerald, chief executive of the Limerick Private Hospital, said: “This agreement represents a significant step towards the completion of a purpose built private hospital for the people of the mid-west. We have spent considerable time and effort in refining plans for the patient centred hospital and now look forward to partnering with Mount Carmel Medical Group, to provide the medical community with a new standard of healthcare for patients.”
Jerry Conlan, chairman MCMG, said: “This project symbolises a new advent in quality care for the mid-west region.
“ We have extensive experience as private healthcare operators, and will now work closely with Mary Fitzgerald and her team to establish the Limerick Private Hospital as the leading private hospital in the region.”
The project is being headed by local Limerick businessman, Shay Sweeney, of Blackberry Park Properties. Mr Sweeney has also developed a purpose built day care centre for the Brothers of Charity and Enable Ireland, situated adjacent to the hospital on its 14-acre medical campus.
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