“Vall d’Hebron is part of my home”
Ana Alcántara has witnessed a large part of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s history. She started work just one month before the Traumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital and the Maternity and Children’s Hospital were inaugurated and formed part of the centre’s first Communication Unit.
There are more than 3,000 nurses and nursing assistants at Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The work they do in the centre is vital and they are leaders both in nursing care and research. Getting to this point was a long process, as Mariona Creus, former nursing director, and Maria Àngels Barba, the current director, recall.
Vall d'Hebron University Hospital is a centre of reference in treating patients with trauma. One of the people who has managed to achieved this accolade is Dr. Antonio Navarro, former director of the Rehabilitation and Traumatology Hospital, who explains the evolution over the last few decades in this video.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Vall d’Hebron Digestive Endoscopy Department, now run by Dr. Joan Dot, who took over the role from Dr. Josep Ramon Armengol, who runs WIDER in Barcelona (World Institute for Digestive Endoscopy Research), cares for 70 patients a day with complex procedures and is one of the centres leading the colon cancer screening programme.
Jordi Fernández, law student and head of the Tívoli Theatre in Barcelona, was born with congenital heart disease. He has been a patient at Hospital Vall d’Hebron his whole life. The hospital is one of the most advanced in Spain in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease, thanks to the team in the Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Department, led by Dr. Raúl Abella and Dr. Ferran Rosés i Noguer.
Vall d’Hebron’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit was launched in 1968. Dr. Joan Sauleda, who was its first head, recalls the evolution that led to creating the pioneering Intensive Care Unit, which today, directed by Dr. Joan Balcells, is still the biggest in Catalonia.