I.R.C.C.S. “San Matteo” Foundation General Hospital
Prof. Giampaolo Merlini
The San Matteo of Pavia has an important history: its roots are in line with the glorious on-site aesculapian tradition of the University of Pavia (in its place since the year 1361). The latter including Camillo Golgi who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in the year 1906. The IRCCS San Matteo Foundation General Hospital is launched towards medical breakthrough and advanced healthcare innovation.
The Hospital comes to life in the year 1449 through the will of the Blackfriar Fra Domenico of Catalogna. In the year 1932 the General Hospital is inaugurated, purposefully established, following Golgi’s good intentions.
In the year 2013 yet another transformation takes place: the new facility named DEA is unveiled. DEA is a sixty-five thousand square-meter-structure made up of a construction plate with an EAS ‘(Pronto Soccorso di Alta Specialità’, i.e. High Speciality Accident and Emergency Unit) of around six thousand square-meters accomplished to oversee any type of emergency, also due to its sound diagnostic setting, its latest generation digital radiology system(s), its entire floor dedicated to intensive therapy.
In the year 1982, the San Matteo is officially recognized as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (I.R.C.C.S, ‘Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a carattare Sceintifico’ in Italian), and has thereafter been reconfirmed as such; thus becoming a landmark in both national and international biomedical research.
Its mission as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care is accomplished through Health Care and Research in the fields of organ transplantation, of regenerative medicine, of high complexity diseases, and, specifically, in specific sectors such as haematology (of the child and of the adult), cardiology, infectious diseases, oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, rare diseases, advanced surgery.
The San Matteo coalesces within itself all three aspects on which Healthcare lays its foundations: the hospital care declaring its role as the reference hospital (HUB) and center for the Organizational and Pathology NETWORKS; and for research (since it’s an IRCCS) and fulfilling its national and international leading role in clinical and translational research; there for entry-level and specialist university education (since it’s the Polyclinic in the City of Pavia), being located at the University of Pavia one of the top Medical Degree courses in Italy (centennial Medical Degree courses), and three-year and Master’s degrees in the health sector.
Today, the San Matteo Polyclinic, with its more than 3.600 employees, 1.024 endowed hospital beds, 36.700 hospitalizations, 99.600 admissions at the Emergency Services, two and a half millions in outpatient healthcare, an operating budget of over 412 million di euros, it is one of the five big public hospitals in the Lombardy Region and, of course, one of the best IRCCS in the whole of Italy.
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