The Hospital Clínic university hospital ranks among Europe’s top hospitals for highly complex cases in a number of specialties. The hospital’s excellent reputation is underpinned by outstanding achievements in transplants, heart surgery, neurosurgery, oncological surgery, and sports medicine. One of Europe’s most active hospitals in terms of innovation and research, Hospital Clínic is also Spain’s most prestigious center for medical training.
The hospital in numbers
What services does it provide?
This hospital is unquestionably the best possible option for any patient who needs a transplant. The hospital is one of the centers that performs the most kidney and liver transplants worldwide (operations available to foreign patients only when they provide their own donor) as well as bone marrow transplants for adults (both autologous and allogeneic transplants, seeking donors from both the Spanish donor registry and other registries around the world). Hospital Clínic is also the most highly recommended center is Spain for highly complex surgeries in all medical specialties. And not to mention that this is a hospital that handles the health of elite athletes: doctors here treat Barça players as well as star athletes from a range of other teams and sports.
- Leading research, training and medical services center with extensive experience
The best achievements of the Spanish health system are embodied in this hospital, one of the best in Europe. Hospital Clínic offers patients the ample experience of renowned professionals, a serious and interdisciplinary approach, and the most advanced equipment on the market, in many cases the only existing model in the world. And what’s more: the Spanish public healthcare system’s outstanding level of guarantees and quality assurance.
Hospital Clínic handles highly complex cases with enviable clinical and scientific indicators. Nearly 1,100 doctors and 1,300 nurses handle around 42,000 hospital stays per year, annually serving close to 500,000 patients, performing 27,000 operations, and treating over 111,000 patients in the emergency department alone: the relationship between the number of available beds, the numbers of professional and the work the hospital performs clearly demonstrates an excellent level of coordination. Moreover, this is the most popular Spanish hospital for medical training and has an Impact Global Factor of 5,600, one of the highest in terms of scientific achievements!
Despite belonging to the public network, the hospital—and this is a rare case in Spain—also offers services to private foreigners patients through a structure created for this purpose.
This means that all the hospital’s indicators are regularly audited and ranked against the world’s top centers. The result of this rigor and transparency is some of the best results on a global scale. The RAMI (Risk-Adjusted Mortality Index) and RACI (Risk-Adjusted Complication Index) indicators correlated with the indicator of complexity or length of average stay provide a host of interesting information. Here are some figures: the 3,715 patients treated per year in the Thoracic Medicine Department have an average complexity of 3.74 (!) while the RAMI was only 0.77 and the RACI 1.03. The average length of stay of these patients with highly complex cases was a mere seven days. The Gastrointestinal Disease and Metabolic Disorder Department, which performs surgery on over 4,600 patients with an average complexity of 2.53 (!) a year, the RAMI and RACI indicators are 0.71 with an average length of stay of 6.38 days. Very simple conclusions can be drawn from these figures, which impress a professional familiar with these indexes more than it might an average user: Hospital Clínic treats the most complex cases with benchmark indicators in survival rates and complications.
- Benchmark services
Hospital Clínic is home to several departments whose accomplishments rank among the best in the world. We have quite an extensive list to choose from, but here we focus on the services requested by foreign patients.
To start, the hospital’s Liver Transplant Program publishes some of the best results on a global level: a survival rate of 99% the first year after the transplant, a survival rate of 78% in 5 years and a survival rate of 70% in 10 years. Moreover, the surgeries performed to treat liver metastases in cases of colorectal cancer (survival rate of 56.1% in 5 years) and hepatocellular carcinoma (75.6% survival rate 5 years after surgery) are extremely successful.
The Kidney Transplant Program, led by Dr. Antonio Alcaraz, is global leader internationally renowned for performing ground-breaking surgeries like the ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation. The program’s outcomes are an international benchmark: a 99% survival rate in the first year and a 90% survival rate in 10 years.
Last but not least, the Bone Marrow (Stem Cell) Transplant Program specializes exclusively in highly complex cases. Performing 100 stem cell transplants a year with a survival rate of 70% in the first year and 55% survival in 5 years for allogeneic transplantation, and a survival rate of 100% in the first year and 80% in 5 years in the case of autologous transplantation.
Hospital Clínic uses the latest and greatest equipment and techniques to remain technologically at the forefront of medicine and clinical trials. Not only does the hospital work with the most state-of-the-art equipment (for example, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System), but also several one-of-a-kind pieces like the OPTIMUS “operating room of the future”, designed to achieve lower rates of intraoperative infections. Techniques developed in the hospital offer new opportunities for patients from all over the world in almost all fields: from the development of a treatment for multiple sclerosis to the early diagnosis of diseases: for example, using dogs to detect lung cancer simply by smelling the patient’s breath!
For foreign patients
International patients are welcomed and will be greeted by Barnaclínic – the hospital’s private care department (where patients are treated by the same team of specialists and undergo surgery in the same facilities, but during a different schedule than patients under the Spanish health system).
Around 49% of foreign patients come from other European countries with outstanding medical care themselves, evidence of the hospital’s excellent international reputation. Fourteen percent of the foreign patients are citizens of Latin American countries, another 12% are patients from the CIS, and around 9% are patients from Gulf countries.
A bit of history
Hospital Clinic was originally designed and built as a university hospital, that is, a hospital affiliated with the School of Medicine at the University of Barcelona and responsible for the practical training and specialization of the school’s doctors. For many decades it was the only hospital that served this purpose. After its inauguration in 1906, and in the absence of a universal healthcare system, the hospital quickly became known as the center that treated the most vulnerable population groups, those patients unable to afford a private doctor.
The first doctors worked here pro bono, and the first nurses were nuns. However, since the 1920s, and with the participation of more world-class professionals, the hospital became a leading center for research and world-renowned experts in the field of gastrointestinal, nervous system and endocrine system disease, gynecology and obstetrics, as well as trauma. Hospital Clínic opened the first emergency department in Spain, and several of the hospital’s departments introduced major innovations in military medicine during the Spanish Civil War. The hospital has seen a resurgence since the mid-1970s and is now recognized as the most prestigious center in Spain and one of the top centers in all of Europe.
It has always maintained the educational aspect of its services over the years while also incorporating research across a range of fields to stay at the forefront of medical practice.