ZAGREB, Sept 23 (Croatia Sun News) – A HRK 53 million project to build an integrated emergency service at Zagreb’s Sisters of Mercy Hospital, which annually caters for 155,000 emergency patients, began earlier this week.
The project, designed to improve care for emergency patients, is expected to be completed in 11 months. It is financed with EU grants in the amount of HRK 30 million, while 22 million will come from the state budget.
The hospital’s manager, Mario Zovak, said that the last time any construction work was done at the hospital was 35 years ago.
The current capacity of the hospital’s emergency service, to which 300,000 people gravitate, is insufficient for timely and good care for emergency patients, and the new emergency service will integrate all branches of medicine, which has not been the case so far, he said.
So far, the hospital’s emergency service has provided care in internal medicine, neurology, surgery without traumatology, and psychiatry. The new integrated emergency ward will also provide care in traumatology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, gynecology and urology.
The project started in 2013 and even though the agreement on it was signed in 2017, it is only now that financial conditions have been created to implement it in its entirety.
In the next few months, renovation work worth HRK 22 million will also be carried out on the hospital’s chemistry institute, which was last renovated in 1953, including the procurement of modern equipment.
(€1 = HRK 7.39)