The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center opened Italy's only hospital dedicated entirely to organ transplants in Palermo under a partnership with the region of Sicily. The Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies had been operating out of temporary quarters for the past five years. The newly constructed facility will allow the hospital to expand living-donor transplants and other surgical programs, officials said. The five-story, 130,000-square-foot building increases the hospital's capacity to 70 beds from 22 and doubles the number of operating rooms to four. The enterprise is expected to create 150 jobs by year-end. The hospital now employs more than 300 doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and other staff. Officials said the initiative is intended to transfer management and administrative knowledge as well as medical technology. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. system expands transplant operations in Italy
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