Wednesday, 17th January 2018
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UPMC & Bon Secours Turn the Sod on New Advanced Radiation Treatment Centre in Ireland

Following the success of the its first international cancer centre, UPMC Whitfield in the south east, UPMC expands.

UPMC and partner Bon Secours Health System have started work in Cork on one of the nation's most advanced radiation therapy centres for the treatment of cancer patients. Building on the success at UPMC Whitfield in Waterford, UPMC's second radiotherapy centre in Ireland will combine the expertise of Ireland's largest independent health care provider, Bon Secours, with UPMC's world-renowned model of cancer care that brings innovative and personalised treatments close to where patients live.

The new radiotherapy centre, to be completed in 2019, is part of a major expansion at Bon Secours Hospital Cork, which will include an additional 81 private rooms, four additional operating theatres and expanded ICU facilities. The turning of the sod on Oct. 23 was attended by Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly T.D., as well as executives from Bon Secours and UPMC Country Manager David Beirne.

“We are excited to collaborate with Bon Secours to bring the first private radiotherapy centre to Cork,” said Mr. Beirne. “Our timely and high-quality care will be a welcome addition for patients in this region.”

In 2006, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center opened its first international cancer centre, UPMC Whitfield. The facility is based on UPMC's “hub-and-spoke” model in which a wide range of oncology services are offered in local communities with support from UPMC's academic and clinical hub in Pittsburgh. Based on its high quality standards and patient safety, UPMC Whitfield was accredited by the Joint Commission International in 2008. UPMC also operates a radiation centre in Rome and works with partners worldwide to improve cancer care. .

The radiotherapy centre in Cork will be managed by UPMC and owned equally by both partners. It expects to treat patients with two advanced Varian TrueBeam Radiotherapy System linear accelerators, providing image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Used for a variety of cancers, these approaches are designed to improve patient outcomes while minimizing side effects.

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