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Juan Roig


Let’s build from a place of unity

8 abril, 2020 • By

When we celebrated the start of a new decade a little over three months ago, no one could have imagined that the 21st-century’s first pandemic was knocking on the door. It was a moment when we all wished each other health and happiness for the coming year. Health, what a beautiful word. Today we’re fighting against an enemy that is both invisible and brutal, evidenced by the deaths of tens of thousands worldwide. 

Our society has once again risen to the occasion. I believe that the people across Spain and in our Community of Valencia have given the very best of themselves. The responsibility, unity, generosity, solidarity and spirit of sacrifice of each and every one of us during this crisis and lockdown is far beyond what we could have imagined just a month ago. 

As the head of a healthcare group, Ribera Salud, I’ve had the opportunity to be on the front line of our defence. I’ve been honoured to lead an extraordinary team of professionals (physicians, nurses, assistants, technicians, administrators, guards, maintenance staff, cleaners and more) in Galicia, Madrid, Extremadura and the Community of Valencia, who have served as an incredible example of what this extraordinary profession is all about with dedication, passion, professionalism and efficiency. They have once again proved that we are an organisation of people who take care of people. And I would like to express my deep pride and appreciation for them all. 

María José, one of the amazing cleaners at our hospitals, assured us the other day that she is working «more and better than ever, because this is also my hospital and I want to help put an end to this situation». And Cuca, an administrator at the cancer outpatient centre, told us that she didn’t want to take time off because «we’re a big family and our patients need us right now». Emergency physician Ángel said he felt appreciated by the citizens because, «they don’t discriminate professionals by the type of hospital in which they work, despite the efforts of some politicians”. They insist they’re not special, but their values are an example for us all. There you have it.

I would also like to thank the overwhelming demonstrations of kindness and solidarity from individuals, groups and companies who are helping to make this situation more bearable with their donations and displays of support for professionals. And, of course, the security forces for their impressive public service efforts, whatever the job they are assigned. We also try to stay in close contact with both local and regional institutions to keep them up to date with the evolution of the crisis. Because information and transparency are the cornerstones of teamwork.

Now is the time to start looking to the future and prepare to face a new reality. The damage this pandemic will have on public services, social habits, and the economy will be severe. And once again, how long it takes to get through it is up to us. We need to put an end to divisive debates and to encourage all those things that unite us. This pandemic knows no borders, social classes, or political ideologies. And questioning globalisation and advocating for archaic nationalism is misguided, because the virus has also taught us that this fight requires a global response.

It is tempting to offer simple, populist responses to complex scenarios, but that would be wrong. When it comes to healthcare, I hear confrontational messages about public vs, private, when the response to the crisis would have been a complete disaster without the collaboration between both sectors. Simply impossible. 

When it comes to the economy, I hear criticism of people like Amancio Ortega and Juan Roig, when they’ve served as examples of commitment and generosity and stand as true social leaders. Meanwhile, in politics, different leaders make decisions based on what they think will best serve their position in the short term. 

And that’s not what the virus is about. It’s about changing our priorities and social values. About seeking consensus and compromise, joining forces. About generosity, listening, being thankful. Ultimately, it’s a lesson in humility. Our political leaders have the opportunity to take on this challenge with all the power and vision of the State. I don’t know if they will. But I would ask them to keep in mind the elderly who have died in nursing homes when they make their decisions, because they were not given the priority care they deserved. And the overwhelming number of professionals infected because the government failed to provide enough PPE. Professionals who went to work every day, despite their fears, to fight for all of us. Which is why I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team at the Ribera Salud purchasing department for their dedication and efficiency in helping to prevent the spread of the virus among our professionals. 

Let’s hope that all those responsible for moving our nation forward will live up to the example set by the country’s citizens. 

(This article was published in the newspaper Levante-EMV on 7th April 2020)


We all create the future together

21 enero, 2020 • By

The future belongs to the brave. Ronald Reagan said this phrase, so frequently repeated by coaching experts, to the North Americans after the Challenger tragedy in 1986. His message was clear: We can never give up, we must always be looking forwards, work hard, get up after every fall, keep moving and never stay still. It is difficult, but of course, if you have help, it is easier.

This help is the great value contributed to society by Lanzadera and, if you allow me, the companies that form part of its Corporate program, in order to boost innovative projects in various sectors: from health to aerospace engineering, including nutrition and logistics. Ribera Salud has already started two work with two teams of young entrepreneurs who have been selected from among the Lanzadera experts and our technology subsidiary, Futurs, for their initiatives to revolutionise and improve healthcare for citizens. This is based on an app, Serenmind, to facilitate self-guided psychological treatment, with monitoring by a professional for all citizens; and a platform, HumanItCare, to gather, organise and analyse the information of people with chronic diseases in order to improve their quality of life and their health results.

When we were invited to participate in the Corporate program by Lanzadera, we immediately noticed that their philosophy perfectly fit in with the mission, vision and values of Ribera Salud. We have a responsibility to the society that we serve. The possibility of participating in the selection of innovative projects in the health sector and of helping the creators to develop them in our hospitals allows us, once again, to stay one step ahead of society’s needs, which are always changing and increasingly demanding.

At the same time, this has allowed us to directly interact with an eco-system around innovation and entrepreneurship that the businessman Juan Roig has highlighted, once again giving a first-hand example of the importance of bravery in the business world and in life. And we have found so many brave people throughout the difficult process of choosing between the dozens of projects presented, just in the health sector! From here, I would like to congratulate all of you and encourage you to keep working hard to meet your goals.

For Ribera Salud, without a doubt, this experience has been an incentive to grow better every day and to offer maximum quality healthcare. We are proud to participate alongside great companies such as Airbus, Mercadona and Facsa in a project for business support for young entrepreneurs that will help them to develop their projects here, in Spain. We are all firmly focused on boosting, attracting and retaining talent in our country in order to offer the best service for our citizens. With this support for innovative initiatives, we give back to society part of the trust that we have received from it. We are connected by one single goal: to help to build a better future for the society we serve.

The various public administrations ought to observe Lanzadera as an example to be followed, as well as the firm focus of Juan Roig to consolidate a genuine entrepreneurial “hub” in the city of Valencia, the province of Valencia and all over Spain, starting with the creation of the EDEM University, continuing with the Lanzadera projects and culminating with Angels Capital, the society used to invest in these entrepreneurial leaders. So, yes. The companies participating in the Corporate program by Lanzadera are also contributing our grain of sand so that new entrepreneurial initiatives can come to light and be successful, because they contribute towards improving our activity while always providing better results for our citizens.

At Ribera Salud, good health results alone are not enough, given that nowadays we are working with very high standards and models, always aiming to improve healthcare for our citizens. Professionalism, integrity, passion, innovation and responsible and sustainable health management are in our DNA, based on the 5 P’s that we apply to the medicine that we practice: preventive, predictive, personalised, participative and population-based.

The future is now and we are building it with hard work, effort and passion.

Alberto de Rosa, Opinión

El futuro lo creamos entre todos

20 enero, 2020 • By

El futuro es de los valientes. Esta frase, tan repetida desde hace unos años por expertos en coaching, se la dijo Ronald Reagan a los norteamericanos tras la tragedia del Challenger en 1986. Su mensaje era claro: No hay que rendirse nunca, hay que mirar  siempre hacia delante, trabajar duro, levantarse después de cada tropiezo, avanzar y no quedarse estancado. Cuesta, pero está claro que si te ayudan, es más fácil.

Y esa ayuda es el gran valor que hoy en día aportan a la sociedad Lanzadera y, permítanme, las empresas que participamos en su programa Corporate, para impulsar proyectos innovadores en diferentes sectores: desde Sanidad hasta ingeniería aeroespacial, pasando por Alimentación y logística. Ribera Salud ha empezado a trabajar ya con los dos equipos de jóvenes emprendedores que han sido seleccionados, entre los expertos de Lanzadera y los de nuestra filial tecnológica, Futurs, por sus iniciativas para revolucionar y mejorar la asistencia sanitaria de los ciudadanos. Se trata de una aplicación, Serenmind, para facilitar tratamiento psicológico autoguiado, con el seguimiento de un profesional a todos los ciudadanos; y una plataforma, HumanItCare, para recopilar, ordenar y analizar la información de enfermos crónicos para mejorar su calidad de vida y sus resultados de salud.

Cuando nos invitaron a participar en el programa Corporate de Lanzadera, enseguida nos dimos cuenta de que su filosofía encajaba perfectamente con la misión, la visión y los valores de Ribera Salud. Tenemos una responsabilidad con la sociedad a la que servimos. Y la posibilidad de participar en la selección de proyectos innovadores en el ámbito de la Sanidad y ayudar a sus creadores a desarrollarlos en nuestros hospitales nos permite, una vez más, ir un paso por delante de las necesidades de la sociedad, siempre cambiante y con un nivel de exigencia cada vez más alto.

Al mismo tiempo, nos ha posibilitado interactuar directamente con un ecosistema alrededor de la innovación y el emprendedurismo que el empresario Juan Roig ha puesto en valor, dando ejemplo una vez más en primera persona, de la importancia de la valentía en el mundo empresarial, como en la vida. ¡Y cuántos valientes hemos encontrado en el duro proceso de selección entre las decenas de proyectos presentados, solo en Sanidad! A todos os doy desde aquí la enhorabuena y os animo a seguir trabajando duro para conseguir vuestra meta.

Para Ribera Salud, sin duda, esta experiencia es un incentivo para ser cada día mejores y ofrecer una atención sanitaria de la máxima calidad. Es un orgullo participar junto a grandes empresas como Airbus, Mercadona y Facsa en un proyecto de apoyo empresarial a jóvenes emprendedores que les ayuda a desarrollar sus proyectos aquí, en España. Todos apostamos firmemente por potenciar, atraer y retener el talento en nuestro país para ofrecer un mejor servicio a los ciudadanos. Con este apoyo a iniciativas innovadoras, devolvemos en parte a la sociedad lo que ella nos da con su confianza. Nos une un solo propósito: ayudar a construir un futuro mejor para la sociedad a la que servimos.

Desde las diferentes administraciones públicas se debería tomar ejemplo de Lanzadera y de la firme apuesta de Juan Roig por consolidar en Valencia, en la Comunidad Valenciana y en España un auténtico “hub” emprendedor, que comienza con la formación en la universidad EDEM, continúa con la aceleradora de proyectos Lanzadera y culmina con Angels Capital, la sociedad con la que invierte en esos líderes emprendedores. Y, sí. Las empresas que participamos en el programa Corporate de Lanzadera también aportamos nuestro granito de arena para que nuevas iniciativas empresariales vean la luz y tengan éxito, porque contribuyen a mejorar nuestra actividad pero esta mejora redunda siempre en los ciudadanos.

En Ribera Salud no nos conformamos con los buenos resultados de salud que ya hoy da nuestro modelo y trabajamos con el listón muy alto, pensando siempre en mejorar la atención sanitaria a los ciudadanos. En nuestro ADN está la profesionalidad, la integridad, la pasión, la innovación y la gestión responsable y sostenible de la Sanidad, basada en las 5 P’s que aplicamos a la Medicina que practicamos: preventiva, predictiva, personalizada, participativa y poblacional.

El futuro es hoy y se construye con trabajo, esfuerzo e ilusión.