Fiftieth anniversary of the Private Community Hospital «Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata

For Jose Felix Calabrese

On May 30, 1971, the Private Community Hospital was inaugurated. It all began on April 14, 1965, when the Mar del Plata Medical Foundation (FMMP) was constituted, made up of a group of professionals who had promoted the hospital reform. An opportune circumstance to remember them: doctors Ernesto Brik, Julio Genaud, Omar Aretta, Horacio Gonzales Esquivel, Marco Ricaute, Gabriel Yohaí and Maro Statti, among many others who joined the group. The object consisted, according to the first article of the Statute, in: “creating, maintaining and developing a Private Hospital with standards and systems of high technical-scientific standard”.

Thus, the new Hospital would be offered as a modern center incorporating all those activities aimed at promoting and recovering health. Thus, the struggle of the founders is reflected on May 30, 1971, the date on which the Hospital was inaugurated.

Countless were the vicissitudes that the institution had to face, faced with the offer of a new health care system. These important and heterogeneous facts will be the subject of consideration in a new article. That today the authorities celebrate with honor and joy fifty years of effort, the fruit of a talented work, which does not stop, guaranteeing an optimal health care service. Congratulations!

When we think of a hospital, we seldom keep in mind that it is a building where people suffer and that this space must build healing and containment for the patients’ families.

The Private Community Hospital, I know, has been doing it for 50 years, with all the changes that have taken place in those five decades of rapid transformation: the demographic transition and the epidemiological transition, the influence of the technological revolution and medical research. . In this wave of changes, he focused on improving the quality of health care, not only in its clinical effectiveness dimensions, but fundamentally in terms of patient safety; took on the challenge of keeping patients at the center of people-centered and oriented healthcare services. To the technical capacity, then, he added human quality.

This concept, that of quality, is difficult to circumscribe; in principle it is presented as a set of attributes inherent or added to a good or service that qualifies them. In health care, there is no unified concept of what quality is. A systematic review concludes that “quality of health care is the provision of services in a standardized and safe way, where the patient is the center of care and from which it is expected to obtain results that are measurable and generate continuous improvement, all based on in the ethics and humanization of care.

The quality of health care influences the probability of obtaining good results but does not guarantee them, probably because there are multiple factors that interact to achieve them, because of the conception that each actor has of it and the results expected from the care process . Clinical outcomes, patient safety, user experience, and person-centered care are dimensions of quality in health care.

In each medical act, respect for the patient and ethical and moral concepts must be present; then science and consciousness will always be in the same way, on the side of humanity. (Doctor René Favaloro)