Gaslini International

Overview of Gaslini Children’s Hospital

The Istituto Giannina Gaslini is a National Public Children’s Hospital and Research Institute located in Genoa, Italy.

Created out of an act of love and solidarity by Senator Gerolamo Gaslini, started its activity in 1938.

In 1956 the Istituto Gaslini was recognized as national public children’s hospital and research institute.

The activities of Gaslini include health care, research, teaching, and continuing education of the hospital staff. Research is a strategic objective of the Istituto and is mainly aimed at translating research results into the clinical practice.

The Istituto Gaslini is a multidisciplinary, highly specialized reference centre with national and international catchment area. It is the only hospital in Italy providing specialist and sub-specialist care, both medical and surgical, for mothers and children. Therefore, it is a national referral centre for complex diseases affecting newborns, children, and adolescents requiring highly specialized treatment.

The Institute has 20 interconnected buildings distributed over a 73,000 square meter area (15,000 square meters of green area) on a hill sloping down to the sea. The hospital staff members are over 1,800, including 264 physicians and 845 nurses. Beds available for ward hospitalization, for day hospital admissions and for day surgery are over 300. On average, hospitalizations are over 29,800/year and outpatient admissions over 536,000/year. Emergency Dept. admissions are over 37,000/year.

More than 42% of patients come from all regions of Italy, mainly Sicily, Piedmont, Apulia, Campania, Lombardy, and Tuscany. Annually, 4,4% of patients come from abroad.

The Gaslini meets the international excellence standards for safe health care delivery. The Institute has been accredited by Joint Commission International since 2007. It counts over 25 reference and highly specialized centres.

The Istituto Gaslini hosts facilities and staff of the University of Genoa under a formal agreement. Degree courses in Medicine and Surgery are held at Gaslini, and residency programs in pediatrics, neuropsychiatry, and pediatric surgery are also carried out.

The Gaslini has established collaboration agreements with over 250 national and international institutions and health care facilities all over the world, through these agreements the Institute promotes continuing education and training of staff of local children’s hospitals and is actively involved in many humanitarian projects, even in post-war areas.

The whole hospital staff contributes to the development of research programmes that are grouped into 5 lines, namely: innovative diagnostic-therapeutic strategies and rare diseases; pediatric sciences, surgery, and neonatology; rheumatology, immunology, and autoinflammatory diseases; hematology, oncology, and cell therapies; muscular and neurologic diseases. The annual Impact Factor, an international bibliometric indicator, is over 1,550 with over 300 publications in international journals.

Gaslini Children’s Hospital International Relations

In 2011, the Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital launched a programme aimed at the development and strengthening of its External Relations, with a particular focus to local, national and international inter institutional relations.

Under this program, the Hospital entered into partnerships with many and varied subjects: top children’s hospitals in Italy and abroad, Ministries of Health, healthcare facilities in developing countries, Foundations, Associations, Ngos, etc.

This program has several aims:

  1. enable the Institute to strive for excellence through comparison and benchmarking with leading healthcare facilities;
  2. encourage the professional development of its staff through site visits, staff and student mobility, exchange of knowledge and experience, joint research projects, telemedicine, etc.;
  3. put its own skills to the service of disadvantaged health structures suffering from significant deficiencies in terms of healthcare;
  4. increase own numbers of hospitalization and admissions by accepting patients from other countries following the signing of cooperation agreements, so as to provide them with specialized, high quality care.We can better identify Gaslini External Relations by dividing them into the following categories:
    1. Strategic Partnerships

    2. International Cooperation in Health

    3. Humanitarian aid

    4. Project Development

Strategic partnerships

Aim

Enable the Institute to strive for excellence through comparison and benchmarking with leading healthcare facilities.

Tools

  • Site visit
  • Mobility of student and staff
  • Video conference and second opinion (web portal NetCare: https://netcare.gaslini.org)
  • Education
  • Organization of joint courses and workshops

    Partners

  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, United States
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, United States
  • The Hospital for Sick Children – SickKids, Toronto, Canada
  • Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades – Paris, France
  • Coventry University – Coventry, United Kingdom

    JOINT PROJECTS
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Boston Children’s Hospital:

  • PICU, ECMO Program
  • Airway surgery
  • Anesthesiology, acute and procedural pain management
  • Quality of care
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:
  • Neurosurgery for Epilepsy and Spasticity
  • Rehabilitation
    Istituto G. Gaslini & The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids): 
  • Child and Family Centred Care
  • Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Quality of Care
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology :
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • PICU
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Infection Control
  • Rehabilitation
  • Immunology
  • Hospital School
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades: 
  • Cardiology
  • Airway surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Coventry University:
  • Pediatric Nursing

International Cooperation in Health

Aim

To provide training and education activities, as well as advanced medical and surgical treatments for selected patients, to healthcare facilities located in developing countries or in post-conflict areas.

Tools

  • Site visit
  • Mobility of student and staff
  • Advanced medical and surgical treatments for patients with life-threatening conditions
  • Video conference and second opinion (web portal NetCare: https://netcare.gaslini.org)
  • Education
  • Organization of joint courses and workshops

    Partners

  • Hôpital d’Enfants Béchir Hamza, Tunis, Tunisia
  • St. Damien Children’s Hospital, Port au Prince, Haiti
  • Hospital Pediátrico “José Luis Miranda”, Santa Clara, Cuba
  • Orfanato Niños de Cristo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Hospital General Plaza de la Salud , Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire “Ibn Sina”, Rabat, Marocco
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire “Mohammed VI”, Marrakesh, Marocco

    Joint projects
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Hôpital d’Enfants Béchir Hamza

  • Training activities in the field of pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, by means of on-the-job and off-the-job training
    Istituto G. Gaslini & St. Damien Children’s Hospital
  • Implementation of a pediatric surgery program
  • Training activities for medical and nursing staff in the field of pediatric surgery and pediatric nursing
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Hospital Pediátrico "José Luis Miranda"
  • Implementation of an innovative hemato-oncology and bone marrow transplantation program.
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Orfanato « Niños de Cristo »
  • Training activities for medical and nursing staff in the field of pediatric nursing and pediatric primary care, telemedicine
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Hospital General Plaza de la Salud
  • Training activities for medical and nursing staff in the field of pediatric nursing
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Centre Hospitalier Universitaire “Ibn Sina”
  • Strengthening of the Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology Units of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ibn Sina, by means of on-the-job and off-the-job training
    Istituto G. Gaslini & Centre Hospitalier Universitaire “Mohammed VI”
  • Enhancement of the hemato-oncology and bone marrow transplantation program of CHU “Mohammed VI”, by means of on-the-job and off-the-job training

Humanitarian aid

Aim

To provide training and education activities, as well as advanced medical and surgical treatments for selected staff and patients of healthcare facilities located in developing countries or in post-conflict areas.

These partnerships include the set of activities carried out on a voluntary basis by Gaslini staff (medical staff, nurses and other health professionals) upon their own personal initiative, or through specific third parties initiatives (voluntary associations, non-profit organizations, foundations, etc..) without the direct involvement of the Institute, whose role is derived solely from the existence of an employment relationship with the parties concerned.

Gaslini staff has participated, and still participates, in international humanitarian missions (during the Balkan War, the conflicts in Iraq and Kurdistan, etc) in order to treat ailing patients and provide on-site training to health personnel.

Starting from 2010, thanks to the Solidarity Fund of the Liguria Region, the Hospital has performed several surgical procedures on foreign patients from all over the world, especially from the Southern Mediterranean basin. These initiatives were made ​​possible thanks to the collaboration with the voluntary associations that support the Institute.

Tools

  • On-the-job and off-the-job training, education services
  • Advanced medical and surgical treatments for patients with life-threatening conditions
  • Video conference and second opinion (web portal NetCare: https://netcare.gaslini.org)

    Partners

  • Children in the World Ngo, Hub for Kimbondo, Monkole Paediatric Hospital in Congo, Piacenza and Vigevano Foundation

    Joint projects
    Istituto G. Gaslini


    & Children in the World Ngo, Hub for Kimbondo, Monkole Paediatric Hospital in Congo, Piacenza and Vigevano Foundation

  • Gaslini Hospital provides training activities for medical and nursing staff of Monkole Pediatric Hospital, in the field of pediatric surgery and obstetric and gynecologic surgery.

    Project Development 

    Aim

    Increase the number of paid patients admissions and offer paid advanced training services .

    Tools

  • On-the-job and off-the-job advanced training and education services
  • Advanced medical and surgical treatments for patients with life-threatening conditions
  • Video conference and second opinion (web portal NetCare: https://netcare.gaslini.org)

    Partners and focus areas

  • National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health, Astana, Kazakhstan (hematology, oncology, BMT, surgery, NICU)
  • Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie – CNAM and Hôpital La Rabta, Tunis, Tunisia (cardiac surgery)
  • Basra Children’s Hospital, Bassora, Iraq (hematology, oncology, BMT, quality of care, Child and Family Centred Care )
  • FTMO, ATMO, PDVSA , Venezuela (hematology, oncology, BMT)
  • Gift of Life Inc. , New York, USA (cardiac surgery)
  • Lifeline Italia Onlus, Padua, Italy (hematology, oncology, BMT)
  • Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa and Teaching University Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria (cardiac surgery, other pediatric specialties)
  • Sulaymaniah Hospital, Sulaymaniah, Kurdistan (cardiac surgery, other pediatric specialties)
  • Dubai Hospital, Dubai, UAE (fetal medicine and surgery, fetal ecography)
  • SiCRED Insurance Company, Tirana, Albania (all pediatric specialties)                      
  • Health in Italy, Milan, Italy (a network dedicated to helping international patients find the best medical care in Italy)
  • I Health you, Milan, Italy (a website dedicated to helping patients find the best healthcare providers)
  • Atlantis Project, Washington D.C., USA (Healthcare education programs for US pre-med students)

 

Our Partners

Twin Children’s Hospitals

ASSOCIATIONS


Collaborate with Us

Improving child health and providing excellent pediatric care is Gaslini Children’s Hospital goal and mission.

To this aim, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Hospitals, Health Authorities, Foundations, no profit organization, etc. Listed below a few examples of how we can collaborate:

  • Exchange of healthcare professionals,
  • Joint research projects,
  • Training activities to provide pediatric expertise for developing countries,
  • Telemedicine and second opinion,
  • Providing specialized healthcare assistance to those patients who can’t be treated in their home country

Should you be interested in partnering with Gaslini Children’s Hospital, please contact our International Affairs Office, or send a request of partnership addressed to Gaslini Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer (direzionegenerale@gaslini.org ) and copy the International Affairs Office (international@gaslini.org).

International Affairs

Building n° 13, second floor
Chiara Volpi - Ph. +39 010 5636 2634, e-mail: international@gaslini.org
Manuela Aloe - Ph. +39 010 5636 2864, e-mail: international@gaslini.org

International Patients

Every year Gaslini Children’s Hospital welcomes several hundreds of children coming from 70 to 90 countries all over the world.

Most of Gaslini Children’s Hospital foreign patients come from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean basin, such as Spain, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Siria, Lebanon, Palestine, Albania, Greece.

Should you wish to make a referral to Gaslini Children’s Hospital for an International patient, do not hesitate to contact, by phone, mail or e-mail, our

International Patient’s Office

Building n° 13, 2nd floor

Sara Galotto - Ph. +39 010 56363458, e-mail saragalotto@gaslini.org

Giovanna Tamborra - Ph. +39 010 56363199, e-mail giovannatamborra@gaslini.org

Observership Program - Training Opportunities

Since its foundation Gaslini Children’s Hospital has hosted dozens of medical and nursing professionals coming from alla over the world. In the last years, the majority of the observers have come from the following partner Institutions, within the framework of formal cooperation agreements:

  • Kosovo: Kosovo Ministry of Health, University Hospital of Pristina
  • Morocco: Centre Hospitalier Ibn Sina, Rabat; Centre Hospitalier Mohammed VI, Marrakesh
  • Kurdistan: Governorate of Suleymaniyah
  • Palestine: Caritas Baby Hospital, Bethlehem
  • Honduras: Casa “De Los Angeles” a Tegucigalpa - Fondazione Francesca Rava N.P.H. Italia onlus
  • Tunisia: Hôpital d’Enfants Béchir Hamza, Tunis
  • Haiti: Hôpital St. Damien, Tabarre, Port au Prince
  • Nigeria: Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa
  • Dominican Republic: Orfanato Ninos de Cristo

and within the same agreements, Gaslini staff has conducted several training-on-the-job missions in Morocco, Tunisia, Kurdistan, Honduras, Kosovo, India, Haiti, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Iraq.

Gaslini Children’s Hospital is pleased to host, at its premises, medical staff, nurses and healthcare professionals for off-the-job training sessions on rotational basis.

For any clarification, please contact:

Gaslini Training Center – Observership Program

Building n° 7, ground floor

Lena Cosulich - Ph. +39 010 56363212, e-mail lenacosulich@gaslini.org

Telemedicine and Teleconsultation

The Gaslini Children’s Hospital currently offers customized training program, both on-the-job and off-the-job, as well as via telemedicine.

During the last decade, Gaslini Hospital has received hundreds of requests for advice by teleconsultation. These requests mainly concerned the following areas: dermatology, infectious diseases, nutrition and metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disorders, nephrology, surgery, pulmonology, orthopedics, neonatology, gastroenterology, immunological disorders, neurosurgery and ophthalmology.

In addition, the Institute has launched individual telemedicine and teleconsultation initiatives, such as:

  • A remote support project for paediatric patients of Gaslini Nephrology Unit on home care peritoneal dialysis (remote support + telemonitoring)
  • Teleconsultancy for haemorrhagic diseases
  • Evaluation of a telemonitoring service of adult patients suffering from cystic fibrosis
  • A paediatric teleradiology project

    Recently, Gaslini Children’s Hospital has equipped itself with a web portal called “NetCarehttps://netcare.gaslini.org, designed for the management of telemedicine requests and for the provision of teleconsultation and second opinion services.
    Thanks to this web portal, the Institute receives multimedia documents, DICOM files, images, digital documents of different sizes, etc, by private and public partner institutions seeking a second opinion or a tele-consultation for a specific clinical, diagnostic case.

    Anyone can access this web portal, from all-over the world, at the following URL: https://netcare.gaslini.org and send a request to Gaslini Children’s Hospital staff, upon enrollment. Each teleconsultation request can have several enclosed files of any extension (Word/PDF/rtf files, avi videos, images, DICOM files, etc).

    Within the international partnerships of Gaslini Children’s Hospital, NetCare web portal is already used for handling the tele-consultation requests addressed to the Cardiac Surgery Unit by the Clinical University of Pristina, Kosovo. In the next future, all the partners of Gaslini Children’s Hospital, nationally and internationally, will benefit from this innovative tool.

Contatcs

Ospedale Giannina Gaslini
Via Gerolamo Gaslini 5
16147 Genova - Italia
www.gaslini.org

International Affairs
Building n° 13, second floor
Chiara Volpi
Ph. +39 010 5636 2634
international@gaslini.org

Manuela Aloe
Ph. +39 010 5636 2864
international@gaslini.org

International Patient’s Office
Building n° 13, 2nd floor
Sara Galotto
Ph. +39 010 56363458
saragalotto@gaslini.org

Giovanna Tamborra
Ph. +39 010 56363199
giovannatamborra@gaslini.org

Gaslini Training Center – Observership Program
Building n° 7, ground floor
Lena Cosulich
Ph. +39 010 56363212
lenacosulich@gaslini.org