St John Calibita Hospital on Tiber Island
Inauguration of the New Arrhythmology Unit
The Father General, Bro. Jesús Etayo, cut the ribbon inaugurating the new Interventional Cardiology Unit at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital on Tiber Island: it is a completely renewed and extended area equipped with the latest technologies for treating arrhythmias. A centre of excellence, and one of Italy’s most advanced of its kind.
The ceremony on 18 May was attended by the Operational Vice President of the Hospital, Brother Pascal Ahodegnon, the the General Manager, Marco Longo and the Deputy Commissioner of Health of the Lazio Region, Giovanni Bissoni, who expressed his admiration at the progress with work that had been carried out in the hospital. “This hospital has been through an important rebirth, which, in eighteen months, has given it full accreditation as a private hospital with the Regional Health Authority,” he said, “an arduous and serious undertaking for a hospital with this structure of this kind in the centre of Rome, which is a widely welcomed. The inauguration of the Arrhythmology Centre is one such example.”
Also present were cardiologists from many parts of Italy, together with the new Tiber Island UOC Cardiology Director, Paolo Azzolini, who recalled Andrea Puglisi, the late Chief Consultant after whom the Electrophysiology and Electrostimulation Unit is named.
This Unit, where the new inpatient wards will be dedicated shortly, is equipped with state-of-the-art Arrhythmology and Interventionist Cardiology outpatient facilities, and a Telecardiology area. Using the latest remote access computerised equipment, the cardiologist at the centre can monitor patients with pacemakers and defibrillators and ECG Holters in their homes, sparing them the need to go to the hospital. New smaller and unobtrusive technologies, also for fitting long-term holters, using the band system, make their application much easier and less uncomfortable.
The outpatient units will be also able to support imaging management: electrocardiograms and echocardiograms and imaging acquired during ablation in the operating theatre will be sent directly to a computerised clinical file and every patient will not only have the medical report but also the possibility of consulting the state of their heart online.
“It has not been easy,” said the Hospital General Manager, Marco Longo, looking broadly at all the work of the past 18 months. “We have implemented so many ideas also with the support of our suppliers, and have managed to renew the Labour Block and also received accreditation for genetic medicine. And we are keen grow and measure up to the best European Centres, with the highest professional skills and expertise of those who are working here every day.”