New St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and UPMC Partnership

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St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and UPMC
St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) and UPMC have announced a strategic partnership aimed at increasing patient access to life saving technologies and treatments. The partnership will focus on specialities in cardiology, urology, oncology, muscular-skeletal and community care. Pictured are (l-r) Eamonn Fitzgerald, managing director, UPMC Ireland, Conall O’Halloran, Chair, SVHG, John P. Surma, Chair, UPMC, and Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, SVPH. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells.

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and UPMC have announced a strategic partnership aimed at increasing patient access to life saving technologies and treatments.  The partnership will focus on specialities in cardiology, urology, oncology, muscular-skeletal and community care. 

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is one of the larger hospital groups in the Ireland-East region incorporating St Vincent’s Private Hospital (SVPH), St Michael’s Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH). Its three hospitals care for over 500,000 patients every year.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, UPMC is an international health care pioneer in research, treatments and clinical care, operating 11 hospitals, clinics and research centres across Ireland, including UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic at Santry, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, UPMC Kildare Hospital and UPMC Aut Even Hospital.

The first collaboration under the partnership is the establishment of a new centre of teaching excellence in robotic surgery at SVPH.  Robotic assisted surgery is the most rapidly developing field of minimally invasive surgery and is utilised across the healthcare group.  SVPH, the largest acute private hospital in Dublin will train and educate current and future healthcare professionals in robotic surgery. 

The strategic partnership will also see investment in advanced healthcare technologies to provide innovative care to patients in Ireland.  The first investment is the installation of Medtronic’s Hugo™ Robotic- assisted Surgery (RAS) system at SVPH.  SVPH is the first hospital in Ireland to install the Hugo RAS system which is one of the most advanced platforms for robotic surgeries.

The Hugo robotic-assisted surgery system will be used initially in SVPH to perform robotic-assisted urology surgeries of prostate and kidney. 

Prof Barry McGuire Consultant Urologist, SVPH said, “Robotic assisted surgery has revolutionised surgical operations for patients, now having the ability to deliver highly complex operations that were only possible with open surgery, with all of the advantages of minimally invasive surgery such as reduced complications, quicker recovery and the ability for the patient to return back to normal life”.