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marzo 2020

Alberto de Rosa, English

Generosity and a call to service: committed young people

31 marzo, 2020 • By

All the professionals at Ribera Salud Group are doing their best during this crisis caused by the COVID19 global pandemic. We’re an organisation of people who serve people, and over these past few weeks our staff has proved that it always takes the extra step to ensure the best possible care for those who need it. Words like involvement, calling, commitment, dedication, and determination fall short when it comes to describing the excellent work the team is doing. From physicians, nurses, assistants, technicians, and caretakers to admission, systems, administration, and cleaning personnel, there are always volunteers to cover shifts, help colleagues, keep our centres running at full capacity and, furthermore, to collaborate with the different initiatives we’ve implemented to make our patients’ stay as humane as possible, helping them feel as supported as possible in the solitude of isolation that this virus imposes.

So, in addition to the pride I feel in representing such a committed and passionate team of professionals, today I want to highlight the involvement, courage and solidarity of a group of nine students from the Nursing School at Povisa Hospital in Vigo, who have volunteered to work for the next two months as senior technicians in the country’s hotspot: the Community of Madrid. Despite being in their final year of school, this co-ed group (8 women and 1 man) wants to switch their focus to helping others and put everything they learned at the service of a society that needs them. Not only that, they face this challenge with enthusiasm, even with a sense of happiness for the opportunity to lend a helping hand. 

I’ve always been convinced that Spanish youth is much more than some would like to convey. And, without a doubt, this group of nursing students from Povisa are an example not only for other young people, but for society as a whole. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation for the enthusiasm with which you all have offered to work on the front line during such difficult and complex times. Because your decision is one of sacrifice and effort. Most are leaving Vigo (one is leaving the Canary Islands, where she lives, although she is completing her studies at Povisa) for Madrid, leaving their families and the comfort of their homes to work in a region that is suffering greatly from the harshest consequences of this global health crisis.

When Ribera Salud acquired Povisa, we knew that we were adding an iconic health project to the Group, a team of highly implicated and magnificent professionals, which also has an enormous asset: its Nursing School. We believed that this training centre was a value that should be preserved and promoted. And this group of student volunteers unquestionably proves that we were right.

The decision these young people have made to go to Madrid to work in the heart of the fight against the pandemic is news that has truly touched me. Because they represent, even before graduating, one of Ribera Salud’s core values: commitment. Because our organisation is committed to the professionals of today and tomorrow, to the health of our patients, to humane treatment, to closeness and involvement with the people we serve, to technology and to the quality of care we offer. And these young people represent the humanistic spirit, the vocation for service and the value of the commitment that Ribera Salud defends and conveys internally and with our patients. 

Not only that, but their sacrifice has special merit because they have taken the extra step in one of the most difficult moments in the recent history of our Healthcare system. And this is something that must be applauded, both as a health professional and as a citizen.

As I conclude, it’s worth mentioning that one of the lessons we are undoubtedly learning from this crisis is that the pride we feel for our Healthcare is not intangible, nor a generic name. Our Healthcare wouldn’t exist without the professionals who work for the Spanish healthcare system. Yes. We have the best healthcare professionals in the world. And the students from Povisa prove that this vocation for service lives on. That’s why we applaud our healthcare professionals every day. They’re our most precious and cherished asset.

Alberto de Rosa, Opinión

Vocación y generosidad: una juventud comprometida

29 marzo, 2020 • By

En esta crisis por la pandemia global del COVID19, todos los profesionales del grupo Ribera Salud están dando lo mejor de sí mismos. Somos una organización de personas que servimos a personas y en estas semanas nuestra plantilla ha demostrado que va siempre un paso más allá para garantizar la mejor atención posible a quienes más la necesitan. Palabras como implicación, vocación, compromiso, entrega o tesón se quedan cortas ante la excelencia de la labor que están haciendo. Médicos, enfermeros, auxiliares, técnicos, celadores, personal de Admisión, Sistemas, Administración, limpieza… Siempre hay voluntarios para cubrir turnos, ayudar a compañeros, mantener nuestros centros a pleno rendimiento y, además, colaborar con las diferentes acciones que estamos llevando a cabo para humanizar la estancia de nuestros pacientes y que se sientan lo más acompañados posible en la soledad del aislamiento al que obliga este virus.

Bueno, pues además del orgullo que siento por representar a un elenco de profesionales tan comprometido y vocacional, hoy quiero poner en valor la implicación, la valentía y la solidaridad de un grupo de nueve estudiantes de la Escuela de Enfermería del Hospital Povisa, en Vigo, que  se han ofrecido voluntarios para trabajar los dos próximos meses como técnicos superiores donde más casos se están produciendo, en la Comunidad de Madrid. Son estudiantes del último año, ocho chicas y un chico que quieren trabajar para los demás desde ya y poner al servicio de una sociedad que les necesita todo lo que han aprendido en sus años de formación. Y además, asumen este reto con ilusión y hasta con alegría por tener la oportunidad de colaborar. 

Siempre he tenido claro que la juventud española es mucho más de lo que algunos quieren trasladar. Y sin duda, este grupo de estudiantes de Enfermería de Povisa son un ejemplo para otros jóvenes y para todos. Desde este blog, les agradezco profundamente el entusiasmo con el que se han ofrecido a estar en la primera línea en un momento tan duro y complicado. Porque su decisión no está exenta de sacrificio y esfuerzo. Se marchan desde Vigo (y una compañera suya desde Canarias, donde reside, aunque estudia en Povisa) a Madrid, dejando a sus familias y la comodidad de su casa para trabajar en una región que está sufriendo especialmente las consecuencias más duras de esta crisis sanitaria global.

Cuando Ribera Salud adquirió Povisa, sabíamos que sumábamos al grupo un proyecto sanitario icónico, con un gran orgullo de pertenencia y magníficos profesionales, que además cuenta con un auténtico tesoro: su Escuela de Enfermería. Este centro de formación nos pareció un valor que hay que preservar y potenciar. Y sin duda, este grupo de voluntarios de la escuela demuestra que estábamos en lo cierto.

La decisión de estos jóvenes de trasladarse a Madrid para trabajar en el corazón de la lucha contra la pandemia es una noticia que me ha emocionado, la verdad. Porque ellos encarnan uno de los principales valores de Ribera Salud: la vocación de servicio. Porque nuestra organización está comprometida con los profesionales de hoy y los del mañana, con la salud de nuestros pacientes, con la humanización, con la cercanía y la proximidad a la población a la que atendemos, con la tecnología y con la calidad en la atención que ofrecemos. Y estos jóvenes representan el espíritu humanístico, la entrega y el valor del compromiso que Ribera Salud defiende y traslada internamente y con nuestros pacientes. 

Además, tienen un mérito especial porque han dado un paso al frente en uno de los momentos más difíciles de la historia reciente de nuestra Sanidad. Y esto es algo que hay que aplaudir como profesional de la Sanidad pero también como ciudadano.

Y acabo ya. Sin duda, una de las lecciones que estamos aprendiendo de esta crisis es que el orgullo que sentimos por la Sanidad no es un intangible, ni un sustantivo genérico. La Sanidad no “es” sin los profesionales que sustentan el sistema sanitario español. Sí. Tenemos los mejores sanitarios del mundo. Y los estudiantes de Povisa demuestran que la vocación continúa. Por eso cada día aplaudimos a los profesionales de la Sanidad. Ellos son nuestro valor más preciado y admirado.

Alberto de Rosa, English

The value of the local sphere

23 marzo, 2020 • By

It’s been one week since the government announced a state of alarm, and citizens and organisations are still struggling to adapt to these exceptional circumstances. We are all writing a line in the Story of managing this global pandemic, the first of the 21st century.

Every citizen plays their part in this situation: health professionals, pharmacists and researchers on front lines in the battle against the coronavirus; workers in basic services such as cleaning, transport, food and the security forces who help make sure that life doesn’t come to a complete halt. And our governments, each in their own area. The Central Government is trying to unify policies, collect daily information on the number of cases and give instructions and recommendations of a general nature, while regional governments, responsible for healthcare management in each territory, feed this chain of information, apply criteria coming from above and take the necessary decisions, transmitting them to the various healthcare management bodies.

I have no doubt that we’re all working along the same lines, towards maximum collaboration between institutions, with the belief that we will all win this battle together.

However, I believe that there is one player fundamental to this crisis, because of its importance as an agent of the health system and its closeness to citizens. I’m talking about city and town councils. In situations like this, the importance of municipal social services and their contact with the elderly and the most vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion, or the local police, essential to guaranteeing social isolation, is a reality that we should value at a time of maximum social tension, due to the circumstances we are facing and those that are still to come. 

And let’s not just think about the councils in big cities. The smaller the population, the more important the role of the local government due to its direct contact with citizens; they turn to it to raise doubts and concerns, and request services. These smaller municipalities often don’t have the possibility of using teleworking, which is why these public servants are also heroes during the crisis. 

At Ribera Salud we have always thought that one of our main missions as those responsible for our citizens’ healthcare is to work hand in hand with the community we serve. And to do so, there is no better formula than being fully integrated into the life of said community. We mutually support each other.

Regarding this, I am very proud as, right at the start of this health crisis, we launched an initiative to improve direct communication with local councils and to intensify coordination among all personnel. The heads of health departments managed by Ribera Salud have already held their first meetings with the mayors of all the municipalities in their areas via video conferencing. Councils as diverse as Torrevieja, Pilar de la Horadada, Orihuela, Elche, Aspe, Crevillente, Torrejón, Daganzo, and Ajalvir, among others, have participated in these coordination calls. And I would like to thank all the participating mayors for their commitment, enthusiasm and collaboration, as well as the enormous support they’ve given us over these past few days.

In these meetings, I can see four principles that I consider fundamental to healthcare management in the 21st century:

Communication between all the institutions, with the objective of always having an open channel for a quick response to an occurrence.

Transparency in explaining why decisions were made and receiving any suggestions that could help us improve and adapt to a constantly changing scenario.

Proximity, as local administrations and health departments have a higher degree of contact with citizens and are a very good source for attending to doubts and transmitting suggestions.

Coordination, because I think it is highly important that local police know the strategies of hospitals or how primary care is working first-hand, and that social services know they can receive training and information to do their job with maximum safety guarantees.

We’re all one. Each of Spain’s 8,131 city and town councils aims to work towards the general interest. For Ribera Salud, the importance of being integrated into the community where we serve goes beyond words. With these meetings we demonstrate the value of the local sphere in the global strategies of any institution or organisation through a very concrete action. Every link in the chain is important and we will continue to work along these lines. Now and forever.

Alberto de Rosa, Opinión

El valor de lo local

20 marzo, 2020 • By

Vamos a cumplir la primera semana desde que el Gobierno decretó el estado de alarma, y ciudadanos y organizaciones nos estamos esforzando en adaptarnos a esta circunstancia excepcional. Todos estamos escribiendo una línea en la Historia de la gestión de esta pandemia mundial, la primera del siglo XXI.

Cada ciudadano interpreta en esta situación el papel que le ha tocado: los profesionales sanitarios, las farmacias y los investigadores, como primera línea en la batalla contra el coronavirus; trabajadores de servicios básicos como limpieza, transporte, alimentación o las fuerzas de seguridad, ayudando a que la vida no se detenga por completo. Y las administraciones, cada una en su esfera. El Gobierno Central intenta unificar políticas, recopilar información diaria sobre el número de casos y dar instrucciones y recomendaciones de carácter general, mientras los gobiernos regionales, responsables de la gestión de la Sanidad en cada territorio alimentan esa cadena de información, aplican criterios que vienen de arriba y toman las decisiones necesarias, al tiempo que nos las transmiten a los diferentes gestores de la Sanidad.

No me cabe duda de que todos trabajamos en la misma línea, en pos de la máxima colaboración entre las instituciones, pensando que esta batalla vamos a ganarla todos juntos.

Sin embargo, creo que hay un actor que es fundamental en esta crisis, por la importancia que tiene como un agente de salud y de cercanía con los ciudadanos. Me refiero a los ayuntamientos. La importancia que en situaciones como ésta cobran los servicios sociales municipales y su contacto con las personas mayores y los grupos más vulnerables y en riesgo de exclusión;  o la Policía local, imprescindible para garantizar el aislamiento social, es una realidad que deberíamos poner en valor en un momento de máxima tensión social, por la situación que afrontamos y la que queda por llegar. 

Y no pensemos solo en los ayuntamientos de las grandes ciudades. Cuanto más pequeña es una población, más importante es el papel de la administración local, por su contacto directo con los ciudadanos, porque es a ellos a quienes recurren para plantear dudas y preocupaciones y reclamar servicios. Estos pequeños ayuntamientos no suelen tener la posibilidad de aplicar el teletrabajo, y de ahí que estos trabajadores públicos sean también héroes en esta crisis. 

En Ribera Salud siempre hemos pensado que una de las principales misiones que tenemos como responsables de la salud de los ciudadanos es trabajar mano a mano con la comunidad a la que servimos. Y para ello, no hay mejor fórmula que estar totalmente integrados en la vida de esa comunidad. Nos apoyamos mutuamente.

En esta línea, estoy muy orgulloso porque nada más empezar esta crisis sanitaria hemos puesto en marcha una iniciativa para mejorar la comunicación directa con los ayuntamientos e intensificar la coordinación de todos los efectivos. Los gerentes de los departamentos de salud que gestiona Ribera Salud han mantenido ya las primeras reuniones por videoconferencia con los alcaldes de todos los municipios de sus áreas. Ayuntamientos tan diversos como Torrevieja, Pilar de la Horadada, Orihuela, Elche, Aspe, Crevillente, Torrejón, Daganzo, Ajalvir, entre otros, han participado en estas llamadas de coordinación. Y quiero agradecer a todos los alcaldes que han participado su compromiso, entusiasmo y colaboración, así como el enorme apoyo que nos han hecho sentir durante estos días.

En estas reuniones veo plasmados cuatro de los principios que me parecen fundamentales en una gestión de la salud del siglo XXI:

  • Comunicación entre todas las instituciones, con el objetivo de tener siempre un canal abierto para la rápida respuesta ante una eventualidad.
  • Transparencia para explicar el por qué de las decisiones y recibir cualquier sugerencia que nos permita mejorar y adaptarnos a un escenario que cambia todos los días.
  • Cercanía porque la administración local y la sanitaria son las que tienen un mejor y mayor contacto con los ciudadanos y son una fuente muy buena para recoger dudas y transmitir sugerencias.
  • Coordinación, porque creo que es muy importante que la policía local conozca de primera mano las estrategias de los hospitales o cómo está funcionando la atención primaria, y que los servicios sociales sepan que pueden recibir formación e información para hacer su trabajo con las máximas garantías de seguridad.

Todos sumamos. Cada uno de los 8.131 ayuntamientos de España cuenta para trabajar en pos del interés general. Para Ribera Salud, estar integrado en la comunidad a la que servimos va más allá de las palabras. Con estas reuniones demostramos, con una acción muy concreta, el valor de lo local en las estrategias globales de cualquier institución u organización. Cada eslabón de la cadena es importante y en esa línea seguiremos trabajando. Ahora y siempre.

Alberto de Rosa, English

Together, a step ahead of the virus

13 marzo, 2020 • By

As a society, we are facing a global crisis caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, a public health threat that originated China and spread across several countries to neighbouring Italy, France and Spain and is now a global pandemic. It is this century’s first crisis deserving of the name.

I’m not a doctor and cannot offer medical advice, but I can, as a healthcare manager at the head of a healthcare group, give my opinion on what is certainly an exceptional situation, one that is putting health organisations and professionals to the test.

While its essential to stay calm and not panic, it is equally important to take preventive measures and use common sense, even social isolation in certain circumstances, because some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including older people and people with health problems. And because governments and local authorities are tasked with ensuring that public services continue to operate. And one of those priority services is health care.

The fear of decision-making in some countries has wasted precious time that could perhaps have prevented at least some of the consequences. Public convenience cannot put vulnerable populations, and above all the healthcare system as a whole, at risk. In Spain, the government’s position as of Sunday, 8 March, was centred on a “containment phase”. Everything suddenly changed on Monday, 9 March, and a series of decisions have been made since then, likely motivated by the growing number of cases in Spain.

The Spanish healthcare system is complex. Healthcare is a responsibility of the autonomous communities. But from my point of view, national public health transcends the regional sphere, because the level of movement and circulation in a country as developed as Spain is tremendous. And it is precisely at this point when a government must demonstrate that it can handle a crisis, set an example of responsibility and take the lead to determine, from the state level, the comprehensive policies and actions that are required nation-wide. For too many days now the public has been receiving contradictory messages—some football matches were played behind closed doors while others before a limited crowd, events with large crowds like bullfights were celebrated but only a certain number of fans were allowed to watch a basketball game—in a random, confusing and often contradictory set of measures from national health authorities. Not only is it important that the public listen to the authorities, but public health decisions must be coordinated as well.

Because it’s about prevention, not panic. And, above all, being a step ahead of the illness. And learning from the mistakes (and successes) of others. But we can’t be a step ahead of the virus if we suddenly take three steps sideways and two back. We must move forward in the fight against this crisis together, in the same direction.

An example of this type of decision is the cancellation of Valencia’s Fallas celebrations, which came late for some and for others was a decision not entirely justified by the number of cases in the region.

But I repeat: it’s better to prevent, to bolster support for healthcare professionals and help strengthen the healthcare system, than to regret in a few weeks’ time that we were not brave enough to do what needed to be done. It’s likely that we’ll never know what would have happened if other decisions had been made. But my personal position is clear; when it comes to health and safety, I prefer to be tough and make drastic decisions rather than regret inaction later.

I would like to ask the public for their patience and understanding. We are likely to be facing a tough few weeks ahead, but I’m confident that we’re going to win this battle. Let’s be cautious, follow the instructions from the authorities and shift our thinking from the individual to the risk you could pose by infecting your friends, family and colleagues with a potentially dangerous virus.

And I want to finish this blog post the way I should have started it, by expressing the deep pride I feel for the exceptional efforts of healthcare professionals who, once again, are examples to follow, people who serve as the public’s first line of defense in a crisis as severe as the one we are experiencing. And I would especially like to thank all the professionals at Ribera Salud for their commitment, professionalism and hard work. Everyone is demonstrating a commendable level of professionalism, dedication to service and solidarity among colleagues, and I am extremely proud to lead a team like the one Ribera Salud has in all hospitals.