12 YEARS OF “ACIBADEM SISTINA” – HEALTHCARE BY WORLD STANDARDS
“Acibadem Sistina”, the first and the largest private hospital in the country, has marked 12 years of its existence. Today Acibadem Sistina Hospital is a regional healthcare center that provides care and treatment for more than 400,000 patients from the country and the region annually, practicing a comprehensive approach – accurate diagnostics, modern surgery, advanced medical and post-hospital care.
As a member of “Acibadem”, the largest group of hospitals in Southeast Europe and a member of the Malaysian healthcare group IHH, “Acibadem Sistina” has set high standards in treatment and has followed the latest trends in implementing technologies and methods of the medical treatment.
Its high quality of continuous and safe medical care has been confirmed by the prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation that “Acibadem Sistina” received in 2016 for the first time, becoming the first hospital in the country accredited by these standards. In 2019, Acibadem Sistina Hospital received the gold seal again when it was re-accredited by JCI, confirming that the hospital operates by world standards.
During 2021 “Acibadem Sistina” became a member of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). This prestigious membership has been an indication that “Acibadem Sistina” has been on par with the largest, most modern hospital centers in the world in all areas of its operation. EACTS members are hospitals considered to cooperate with the best doctors in Europe, while Acibadem Sistina Hospital is the only hospital at the Western Balkans participating in the EACTS.
Since the very beginning of the COVID pandemic Acibadem Sistina Hospital has provided support to the healthcare system, treating and taking care of COVID patients, and according to the hospital needs, opening and expanding capacities for taking care of the patients. In 2021, Acibadem Sistina Hospital officially opened an Infectious Diseases Department, as the only private infectious disease department in the country with the largest capacity and an experienced team of infectious disease specialists. The Department, including a Day Hospital and an Intensive Care Unit, applying modern diagnostic-therapeutic procedures as per the WHO protocols for treatment of COVID patients since the pandemic outbreak, has provided treatment for 6,500 patients so far.
Recently the Hospital opened a Pediatric COVID Center, completely separated from other hospital departments in order to provide maximum protection for the youngest patients. This Department treats children up to 16 years of age, and it includes a Pediatric COVID Outpatient Care, a Day Hospital and an Inpatient Care intended for admission, where children can be hospitalized together with their accompaniment.
One of the novelties at the Hospital is establishing the Center of Perfection at “Acibadem Sistina” that offers opportunity to perform all kinds of dermatology and aesthetic procedures by an outstanding and experienced team of dermatovenereologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The Department of Dermatovenereology and Aesthetic Dermatology operates within the Center; it has Dermatology Outpatient Care, three rooms for laser treatments and a Dermatoscopy Unit at its disposal, while the Department of Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery operates within the Center.
Expanding the hospital capacity and opening new departments has been accompanied by an increase of the hospital staff that currently has 1,100 employees, out of which 200 are renowned, leading doctors and professors and 400 nurses.
The professional medical staff, the most modern medical practices and the equipment owned by the Hospital, often make “Acibadem Sistina” a pioneer in performing certain interventions, medical achievements and innovative procedures.
140,000 surgeries and 1,250,000 examinations have been performed at the Hospital during the past 12 years, and Acibadem Sistina Hospital has been trusted by 1,000,000 patients from the country and the region to be treated there.
In addition to active investments in expanding its capacities with an aim to provide supreme care, Acibadem Sistina Hospital has invested continuously in technology it uses, but also in improving the professional knowledge of its medical staff. As a hospital “Acibadem Sistina” has been aware of the importance of well-prepared and professional medical staff; therefore, in cooperation with the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UGD Shtip, via the project “Acibadem Sistina Academic Practice”, the Hospital has offered students, the future doctors, an opportunity to attend practical classes at the Hospital.
In the direction of building a stable healthcare system for the benefit of all citizens, “Acibadem Sistina” has provided education for these future doctors that will direct and make them professional medical staff. During 2021 the first year of this project ended, and the second year began; it is realized with expanded contents, i.e. in addition to practical classes, students also have the opportunity to perform practical exercises at the Hospital.
This unique, innovative and visionary mission of “Acibadem Sistina” that has lasted for 12 years, speaks of the unreserved commitment of everyone who is participating in the system, and ensures that it operates perfectly, promising and providing patients with safety, effective and quality healthcare as per the world standards.