January 14, 2020, a delegation from the Hospital of the Sacred Heart - Don Calabria (Negrar, the Province of Verona, Italy) visited Vinnytsia. Italian doctors met with the city authorities and discussed the issues of further cooperation. The parties also signed a Memorandum on Continuation of Cooperation. Its purpose is to coordinate and organize joint activities in order to study international experience and best practices in the management of healthcare institutions, the provision of specialized health care to the public, the improvement of the quality of treatment and medical care for patients.
The collaboration between Vinnytsia and the Hospital of the Sacred Heart - Don Calabria has been going on for over 2 years. Meanwhile, 11 medical workers from our city have had study visits to an Italian hospital. Mayor of Vinnytsia Serhii Morhunov agreed on this opportunity during the visit of Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti in Vinnytsia in 2017.
As a result, Vinnytsia citizens adopt the best practices and the European experience in the management of healthcare institutions and the development of modern medical technologies in the Hospital of the Sacred Heart - Don Calabria (Negrar).
Currently, representatives of the Hospital arrived in Vinnytsia where Vinnytsia citizens had trainings: Dr. Mario Piccinini, Commissioner Administrator of IRCCS of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart – Don Calabria in Negrar; Don Ivo Pasa, Head of the European delegation of St. Giovanni Calabria; Dr. Alessandro Padovani, Director of the social projects for the IRCCS of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart – Don Calabria in Negrar; Dr. Claudio Bianconi, Responsible for the international projects on medicine for the IRCCS of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart – Don Calabria in Negrar. It was discussed about the continuation of this cooperation in Vinnytsia City Council with Italian guests.
"It is important for us that Vinnytsia employees experience how medical services are provided in an Italian hospital. In fact, it is to get the best European practices in providing quality medical care. We have already discussed with our Italian colleagues that it is one thing when they have repaired or built a medical institution, providing it with an appropriate modern equipment. However, unless there is a well-trained medical staff, starting with a nurse and finishing with a specialist doctor and quality management at this hospital, then of course, the medical service may not be of a high quality.
Therefore, first of all, I would like to thank our Italian colleagues for being able to learn from them and, indeed, to adopt the best practices available in Europe," Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov told. The Mayor also noted that the signing of the Memorandum will allow to continue the cooperation in three directions: gaining experience of a hospital management; further training of Vinnytsia specialists in the organization of a patient's route; the development of new methods of surgical measures, communication with a patient, the introduction of possible information technologies in this sphere; information events, roundtables, workshops, lectures, conferences, trainings aimed at raising the awareness of a medical community with best practices in providing specialized health care.
Dr. Mario Piccinini, Commissioner Administrator of IRCCS of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart – Don Calabria in Negrar said: "The purpose of our visit is to make our two-year collaboration formal in the health sphere, especially in the areas of treatment of gynecology, ambulance, intensive care, traumatology, emergency care and cardiology. Our hospital specializes in the field of oncology. Today, we have signed this agreement, which can be useful not only for your side, but also, I hope, for us."
After the meeting in the City Council, the Italian specialists will get acquainted with the work of Vinnytsia health care institutions and meet with healthcare practitioners.