US healthcare provider and insurer UPMC has announced a deal to buy the Sports Surgery Clinic, an independent hospital in Santry in Dublin, for an undisclosed sum.

The Sports Surgery Clinic will be UPMC's fourth hospital in Ireland, joining UPMC Whitfield in Waterford, UPMC Kildare in Clane and UPMC Aut Even in Kilkenny.

Founded in 2007 by orthopaedic surgeon Ray Moran, the 101-bed SSC has become a centre of excellence for joint replacement and surgery for sports soft tissue injuries in Ireland.

It has more than 40 consultants in orthopaedic surgery and allied specialities, supported by a team of more than 400 nurses, physiotherapists and other health care professionals.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Ray Moran said today's deal is an exciting development for all involved with the Sports Surgery Clinic.

"We look forward to working with UPMC to build on the legacy of excellence and innovation that the Sports Surgery Clinic has established as we expand the scope and location of our services for the benefit of patients," he added.

Charles Bogosta, president of UPMC International, said that SSC will complement its existing network of orthopaedic care in the US and Europe and ensures that it can provide access to care to more patients, close to home.