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Vall d’Hebron Invests 50 Million in Projects Against Stroke and Nuclear Medicine

Vall d’Hebron is one of the main public hospitals in Spain. The center received 1.1 million outpatient visits (115,422 more than in 2020), more than 180,600 emergencies, and 34,819 major surgical interventions in 2021. One of the projects in which is currently investing €25 million is Ciclocat. This involves the incorporation of the first cyclotron in a public hospital in Catalonia.



Vall d’Hebron is committed to innovative public purchasing. The hospital center invests €50 million in two innovation projects for its campus, specializing in research against stroke and support for nuclear medicine, according to Albert Salazar, manager of Vall d’Hebron.

Both projects are part of innovative public purchasing, which seeks to enhance health results. The first initiative is the implementation of One Step Stroke, with which ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patient care will be concentrated in a single space in the hospital. The investment in this project amounts to €25 million, according to Salazar.

The space of the hospital center for stroke is designed to incorporate a solution that combines biplane equipment to perform mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure to remove thrombi that cause disease, with technology to perform CT scans before, during, and after thrombectomy. and assess the patient’s brain activity.

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Vall d’Hebron estimates that more than 500 patients can benefit from the new program against stroke

The patient who presents symptoms of stroke will go directly to the One Step Stroke room, without having to go through the traditional emergency circuit, according to the manager of the Catalan hospital.

Vall d’Hebron treats around 1,800 patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke each year, and it is estimated that approximately 560 patients will benefit from One Step Stroke.

The other innovative public purchase project is Ciclocat, whose investment amounts to €25 million. This involves the incorporation of the first cyclotron in a public hospital in Catalonia, which will reinforce the nuclear medicine area of ​​the Barcelona health complex. With the building underway, the novelty is that the hospital will now begin to tender all the necessary equipment, according to Salazar. This commitment will allow the center to accelerate radiopharmacy and advance against neurological or oncological diseases.

Previously, the hospital had already carried out innovative public procurement projects such as the creation of an advanced clinical center, the digitization of pathological samples or rehabilitation in a day hospital. The manager of Vall d’Hebron explains that between the initiatives already undertaken and those to which they aspire, in terms of innovative public purchasing, the final amount amounts to more than 150 million euros.

Vall d’Hebron is one of the main public hospitals in Spain. The center received 1.1 million outpatient visits (115,422 more than in 2020), more than 180,600 emergencies, and 34,819 major surgical interventions in 2021, according to the latest results provided by the center.


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