Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny, has been given the go ahead for a major capital investment.
The €8 million - a major boost of confidence to the hospital - will include a state-of-the-art, purpose built, radiology suite.
The project will include upgrades within its six unique ultra-clean theatres.
The new diagnostics department will include the most technologically advanced diagnostic equipment available on the market.
The purpose built radiology suite will include a new MRI (Magnetic Resource Imaging), with Cardiac MR capability, CT (Computed Tomography), X-Ray and Ultrasound machines.
Patients will scanned using only state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
Diagnostic radiology is the field of medicine that uses imaging exams and procedures to diagnose a patient. In any form of medical care, diagnostic radiology plays an integral part in the diagnosis of disease or injury.
The hospital employs over 250 staff and is a major. With this announcement today, the hospital will create a further 20 positions, to include the building project along with administrative and allied health professional roles.
Speaking at the announcement Margaret Swords CEO, Aut Even Hospital said the hospital, which has been providing excellent clinical care for 100 years, is putting in place a foundation for another 100 years of excellence.
“Our patients and our clinical teams require the best of technology to provide all of our services and this investment will sustain and grow the suite of services we provide to the local and regional community.
“This investment speaks volumes in terms of our future as a private hospital and as a partner in support to St Luke’s hospital in providing medical care to the community of Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and the wider geographical area on the south East and Midlands.”
“The construction work and the expansion of our Radiology Department will provide additional jobs for the local population and as with our recent refurbishment we will strive to use local suppliers and businesses in these developments,” she said.
The hospital has six ultra-clean laminar flow operating theatres, the upgrade will bring the already first-class facilities to the forefront of Irish Private Hospitals.
In 2015 Aut Even had over 14,000 admissions into its 100-bed hospital. Aut Even is a major player in the Private Hospital market in the South East and offers patients access to a broad range of surgical specialties. The tradition of care, upon which its foundations have been built, continues to be of paramount importance to the Hospital’s framework of quality and patient safety. Since 2008, Aut Even has been accredited by the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI) which represents the highest seal of approval for medical facilities that provide the safest and most effective quality care.