In Italy, the Techint Group is active in health care through the Istituto Clinico Humanitas and the Humanitas Group. Humanitas promotes, implements and manages health care initiatives, research and teaching.
The Humanitas Group includes the well established, research focused Istituto Clinico Humanitas (ICH) hospital near Milan, built by Techint, and prestigious private accredited hospitals in Bergamo, Turin, Catania and Castellanza (Varese). The delivery of health care in these structures is based on Humanitas’ economically successful, patient oriented management model, supported by state-of-the-art systems of integrated information.
The Techint Group -with other partners- enters the health services sector to promote, implement and manage health care initiatives.
The hospital Humanitas opens its doors to its first patients.
One year after its inauguration on March 10, the agreement allowing all citizens covered by the Italian National Health Service (NHS) to benefit from the services provided by Humanitas comes into force, representing the first phase in the hospital's NHS accreditation procedures.
In June, an agreement is reached with Milan University's Faculty of Medicine and Surgery concerning teaching activities for the members of its post-graduate schools.
Fondazione Humanitas is founded with the aim of supporting patients and their caregivers both practically and psychologically by promoting teaching and training projects.
Humanitas Gavazzeni, a historical hospital in Bergamo, Italy, is acquired. In the following years different acquisitions build up a strategic network of hospitals and medical centers in Italy.
The process of NHS accreditation is completed, and October sees the beginning of Milan University's first degree course in Nursing.
In September, the "Humanitas case study" is presented to the MBA students of Harvard University within the framework of its "Innovations in Health Care" course concerning the planning and management of high-quality healthcare services.
In December, Humanitas becomes the first Italian general hospital to obtain the accreditation of excellence issued by the Joint International Commission, one of the world's most important bodies for the certification of hospital quality.
November sees the inauguration of Humanitas Emergency and Radiotherapy Departments.
Humanitas is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Lombardy's Regional Government as “Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico” (a Scientific Institute of Admission and Care). Just in front of the hospital, works begin on the construction of the new Research and Teaching Center. In May, Istituto Clinico Humanitas is recognized as a teaching hospital for Medicine and Surgery.
The Fondazione Humanitas per la Ricerca is established with the aim of supporting and orienting basic and clinical research with a scientific and technological high profile, and promoting the training of young researchers in an international environment.
May sees the inauguration of the new Research and Teaching Center (an area of 20,000 sq.mts.). The Centre houses 30 laboratories for 300 researchers, 14 university classrooms for 400 students in Medicine and Surgery, Biotechnology and Nursing Sciences of Milan University, a library and a Congress Centre.
Humanitas hosts the International track of the University of Milan School of Medicine and the Humanitas Cancer Center dedicated to the investigation and the cure of cancer.
Humanitas Mater Domini was the first healthcare facility in the province of Varese to obtain the OHSAS 18001:2001 certification (Management system for workplace’s safety and health).