New hospital to provide free specialist care for disadvantaged patients

A NEW private hospital due to be opened in Adare at the end of next year will give free care to disadvantaged patients from home and abroad who need specialist treatment.

The €100 million Adare Hospital & Clinic will finance such procedures through a registered charity, Adare Medical Research Foundation, which is being set up in conjunction with the new hospital.

Tom Kane, who heads the Adare project, said cleft palate operations and procedures to correct facial deformities in children would be available through the foundation.

He said the new hospital will function as a profit-making entity, but the charitable foundation will help open its wide range of facilities to individuals and groups with special needs not otherwise catered for in the community.

The facility is being built on a 23-acre site in the grounds of Adare Manor Hotel.

Mr Kane said the foundation would also provide financial support for medical research on site.

“It will be a vehicle for international research collaboration between those based in the Adare Hospital & Clinic and universities and leading international research centres in Ireland and abroad,” he said.

Mr Kane is international president of Operation Smile, a charity which works in 30 countries providing specialist medical treatment to people who do not have the resources to pay for or get this care.

A team of 14 Irish physicians and nurses give their services free to Operation Smile and travel aboard on various mercy missions.

Adare Hospital & Clinic will have a roster of 30 consultants and a total workforce of 380 with a payroll of €24m.

The 100-bed private facility will have 88 regular rooms and 12 intensive care beds.

A state-of-the-art cardiac treatment unit, radiology suite, magnetic resonance imaging and CAT scanning facilities will also be provided.

Planning is currently being considered by Limerick County Council and it is hoped the hospital will take in its first patients at the end of 2007 or early 2008.

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