Humanitas is a highly specialized teaching and research hospital. Accredited by the National Health Service, Humanitas combines specialized centers for the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, neurological and orthopedic disorders, as well as an Ophthalmology Centre and a Fertility Center. The hospital is also equipped with Emergency and Radiotherapy areas.
The Italian Ministry of Health granted Humanitas the status of “Research Hospital” (IRCCS), with a main focus on diseases of the immune system, ranging from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis.
Humanitas is considered one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe. Considered by Harvard University as one of the four most innovative hospitals in the world, Humanitas is a case study of the Harvard Business School for its organizational model, which combines economic, developmental, and social responsibilities.
The hospital is equipped with:
- The latest generation of linear accelerators used in radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer
- Highly developed robotic instruments used in less invasive surgeries
- The latest generation of lasers used in Ophthalmology
- Systems (such as DoseWatch) that automatically collect and analyze patient radiation and iodine exposure
- Imaging technologies such as CT scans used in Neurosurgery
Humanitas believes that it is essential to unite organizational efficiency and clinical quality. For this reason, it was the first Italian general hospital, and one of the few in Europe, to be certified for quality by the International Joint Commission (2002, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015).
The hospital promotes health care, early detection, and prevention of diseases (primary and secondary prevention) through its outpatient clinics and its advanced and innovative services. It encourages a winning strategy for staying healthy by continuously promoting regular exercise and a healthy way of living. Humanitas has always played an active role in campaigns that highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Humanitas Research Hospital is the flagship of a hospital group also present in Bergamo, Turin, Catania, Castellanza (Varese), and Milan.
National and International Certifications
For Humanitas, a strict link between efficient management and high quality clinical activity is mandatory. Consistently, Humanitas was the first polyclinic in Italy, and among the few in Europe, to have been polyclinic certified by the Joint Commission International. This acknowledgement of excellence has been confirmed and renewed five times since 2002 and has required the compliance with over 1,300 standards.
Considered by Harvard University one of the four most innovative hospitals in the world, Humanitas is a case study for its organization model, which combines quality of care with economic sustainability, development, and social responsibility.
“… Organizations should configure themselves to excel at three tasks: applying scientifically established best practices for treating well-understood diseases, using trial and error to deal with conditions that are complicated or poorly understood, and capturing and applying learning generated by day-to-day care. Intermountain Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, and Virginia Mason in the United States, and Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Italy, are among the organizations making great strides in improving patient outcomes and eliminating waste. Although the obstacles to progress are many, these organizations are proving that change is possible…”
“… These organizations understand that medical knowledge is now too voluminous to be stored in the heads of individual physicians and must instead be embedded in protocols and routines. In other words, they realize that curing disease has become an organizational responsibility. They consciously deploy their resources to achieve the best possible patient outcomes, collect and use data to relentlessly improve performance, and treat the daily practice of medicine as a source of insight and innovation…” (Prof. R. Bohmer, Harvard Business Review, April 30th 2010, page 38).
In an effort to improve care offerings and research quality, the nationally and internationally recognized Humanitas Research Hospital undertakes self-assessment and external peer accreditation processes. In the last decade, the quality of the hospitals’ management, staff, and all of their centers have received:
- Joint Commission International (JCI)
- Italian National Healthcare System
- Aggiungerei una breve descrizione della ns Università e del suo Simulation Center
Main Medical and Surgical Services
A team of professionals with great experience, interdisciplinary skills, paths organized by pathology, personalized treatments, facilities for the patient, avant-garde technologies, translational and basic clinical research, and close co-operation with the best international centers. It is a structure concentrating highly specialized skills against cancer within a general hospital, able to offer versatile responses (according to the requirement, for example cardiological, rehabilitative, and emergency) with an organization able to guarantee support for family members and the continuity of care for the patient once she/he has been discharged through home hospitalization and co-operation with local hospices.
Its mains units are:
- Liver Surgery
- Brain Surgery
- Colon Surgery
- Urologic Surgery
- PET and Nuclear Medicine
- Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery
- Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Pancreatic Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
The Humanitas Cardiovascular Department consists of Cardiac Surgery, which uses cutting edge techniques (artificial heart, transapical valves, etc.), a center for the Treatment of Heart Failure, Electrophysiology (which has the latest generation robot for the treatment of arrhythmias), and Hemodynamics, connected to a Coronary Care Unit and Vascular Surgery.
The main units of the Cardio Center are:
- Cardiac Surgery
- Clinical Cardiology
- Electrophysiology and Electrostimulation
- Hemodynamics, Invasive Cardiology and Coronary Care Unit
- Thrombosis Center
- Vascular Surgery
Humanitas is the national reference point for Neurosurgery of the cranium and spinal column. Patients suffering from neurological diseases are guaranteed an all-round approach, from diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, to rehabilitation. In addition, there is also a Stroke Unit operated in the sphere of Neuroscience, a regional reference point for neurological units for the treatment of strokes.
The main units of the Neuro Center are:
- Emergency Neurology and Stroke Unit
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Oncological Brain Neurosurgery
- Spine Surgery
Humanitas is the national reference point for minimally-invasive surgery of the shoulder, prosthetic surgery of the hip, hand and knee surgery. In addition, there is also a Neuro-orthopedic Unit, recognized in Italy for the diagnosis and treatment of neuro-motor pathologies in children, including spastic cerebral palsy, connected to the Fondazione ARIEL (ARIEL Foundation) for the support of families.
The main units of the Ortho Center are:
- Arthroscopic orthopedics and reconstructive knee surgery
- Orthopedics hip surgery and prosthetic surgery
- Orthopedics of the knee and sports injuries
- Orthopedics of the shoulder and elbow
- Pediatric orthopedics
According to national and international guidelines, Humanitas has created a multidisciplinary group for obesity that addresses the preoperative period, convalescence, and follow-up. After the first visit, suitable obese patients get evaluated by the anesthesiologist and, if necessary, by other specialists (cardiologist, pulmonologist, and endoscopy specialist).
In order to enroll in this program at the Obesity Center at Rozzano (Milan), it is necessary to get a multidisciplinary visit (the first visit) that includes: a surgical consultation, a diet-oriented nutritional visit, and a counseling session. After these visits, the multidisciplinary team gathers, shares the relevant information, and eventually declares the patient fit for bariatric surgery.
Humanitas has been working for more than 16 years alongside couples to support them in their desire to have a child. We offer aspiring parents a structure created around their needs, guaranteeing highly specialized staff, innovative technologies, and comfortable spaces. We have set up a team of professionals – gynecologists, urologists, anesthetists, geneticists, psychologists, and biologists – who have assisted more than 21,000 couples. They answer their patient’s questions and share a single objective – to create a pathway of skills and serenity together, aware of the importance and complexity of the goal. There is a certain reference and transparent relationship, even when the objective is difficult to achieve.
The latest generation of excimer laser, unique in the world due to the integration of multiple and sophisticated technologies and the dedicated software, has been developed in cooperation with the team at Humanitas’ Eye Center, led by Paolo Vinciguerra. It can correct vision defects (myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, hypermetropia) and represents the cutting edge of this new and highly specialized Humanitas center, set in the heart of the Policlinic. This center has 23 professionals, 797 sqm, and an expert team able to assist more than 200 patients each day.
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Research, teaching, and innovation are important elements of Humanitas’ mission to provide the best care and its commitment to continuous improvement.
Humanitas is a world-famous center of excellence for research and the treatment of immune system-related diseases, from cancer to cardiovascular disease, from inflammatory to autoimmune diseases.
In 2005, in recognition of its high quality, Humanitas was acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Clinical Research Institute (IRCCS), whose mission – beyond patients’ care – is to:
- promote the scientific research of high technological quality in emerging biomedical fields;
- encourage a translational attitude from basic to clinical research;
- promote the highest educational training of young scientists in an international atmosphere.
More than 460 researchers work at the Research Center – which is fully integrated with the hospital – utilizing cutting-edge technology such as the recently acquired two-photon microscope. The group operates in close collaboration with the 650 physicians of the hospital in order to facilitate translation, i.e., the direct application of the most recent advances in healthcare through a systematic and ongoing process of innovation.
Scientists and researchers from 16 countries, spanning over 4 continents, implement innovative research in immunology and are involved in studies on high impact non-communicable diseases, e.g., cancer, myocardial infarction, stroke, and autoimmune diseases.
Scientific research and professional education are essential for the continuous improvement of provided services and for excellence achievement.
Since 2007, Humanitas’ scientific production has consistently increased in quality, achieving very high levels, as indicated by bibliometrics indexes: over 4.050 Impact Factor points in 2017 (ranking among the first Clinical Research Institutes – IRCCS – in scientific output), with particular focus on the immune system.