UPMC, a global integrated healthcare provider and insurer, announced today that it is establishing the UPMC Global Technology Operations Centre in Kilkenny to support the health system’s continuing international expansion.
The new centre to be located in MacDonagh Junction is expected to employ up to 60 skilled technology workers and other support staff over the next three years, adding to the more than 475 staff already in Ireland.
UPMC say Kilkenny was chosen because of its proximity to other key UPMC facilities, including hospitals, cancer centres and an outpatient site in Waterford, Cork, Carlow and Kildare, as well as for the country’s strong tech talent pool, business-friendly environment, significant presence of major tech companies and its active innovation community supporting tech start-ups and incubators.
To prepare for the opening of its new centre in Kilkenny, UPMC already is hiring network, systems and security engineers, security and privacy analysts and other information technology managers. The Global Technology Operations Centre staff will initially be housed in temporary space at MacDonagh Junction, adjacent to UPMC Nowlan Park, while the new UPMC offices are completed.
UPMC will be the first healthcare tenant in this redevelopment project, which during its long history has been the site of a hospital and a workhouse for the poor.
Speaking this week, Chief Information officer of UPMC, Ed McCallister said, "Our multinational business requires a technology platform that allows us to consistently provide the highest quality care at the lowest cost, regardless of location. As we considered locations worldwide that would best meet our needs, Ireland—and its centrally located, multi-cultural workforce—quickly rose to the top."
Welcoming the news, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys added, "I am delighted to see UPMC expand their presence in Ireland with the opening of a new Global Technology Operations Centre in Kilkenny. This will result in the creation of 60 highly skilled jobs, which will support the company’s international expansion. This is very welcome news for the county and will be a significant boost to the wider region. This demonstrates, once again, that the South East is an attractive location with much to offer investors."