525 jobs to be created in private hospital
A NEW €90m private hospital will create 525 new jobs in Cork while 200 more are on the way in the West.
Cork Medical Centre (CMC) was opened yesterday and is the city's first new private hospital in more than 90 years. CMC -- located at CityGate in Mahon -- has 135,000sq ft of private hospital space spread over seven floors and will cater for private healthcare needs in the Munster area.
The facility will create 525 full-time jobs and will be operated by Sheehan Medical, who are already involved in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin and the Galway Clinic.
Meanwhile, Mayo will receive a welcome boost next week with the creation of about 200 new jobs at a healthcare firm, the Irish Independent has learned.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe will announce the positions at the Hollister factory in Ballina on Monday.
The news follows months of speculation about new jobs at Hollister after the US multinational lodged planning permission for an extension of its existing premises.
The company, which specialises in surgery and continence care products, already employs over 300 people in Ballina where it has been operating from since 1976.
Construction jobs will be created while the extension is being built and additional manufacturing, research and engineering positions will follow.
Renowned surgeon Joseph Sheehan, who spent 30 years working in the US, including a stint at the famous Mayo Clinic, said the new CMC facility would rank alongside the very best hospitals in the world.
"This is probably the most high-tech hospital in Europe. And it ranks alongside the very best hospitals in the US -- in fact, it is probably more high-tech than most," he said.
CMC said the new facility would offer patients the most high-tech treatment and diagnostic equipment available in the world.
Many of its interior walls are lead-lined -- allowing for the use of X-ray machines in operating theatres without patients in adjacent rooms being affected. All the key surgery doors are 'knee-bang' operated -- allowing doctors to keep their hands clean and sterile at all times. Key treatment rooms are also fully sealed to prevent infection transmission.
"The hospital supported 300 construction jobs during its development phase and already employs 50 administration staff. By Christmas, CMC will have 100 staff employed with a target of 525 full-time medical, administrative and support staff by September 2011.
CMC features four state-of-the-art new operating theatres, 12 recovery areas and a specially designed intensive care unit.