Opening of the IMSKE trauma hospital here in ValenciaLaurence Lemoine
The IMSKE trauma hospital has just opened: it’s a pioneering and high tech facility in traumatology and sport medicine. It is situated in calle Suiza (in Las Moreras neighbourhood, between the City of Science and Natzaret) and employs a multidisciplinary team of 70 professionals specialised in the musculoskeletal system.
The European Musculoskeletal Institute (IMSKE), which is unique in Spain, wants to give answers to the challenges that high technology supposes, and to create a welcoming environment so that patients forget that they are in hospital. Its concept is based on four fundamental elements: prevention, personalized treatments, quick motion recovery and last but not least, painless methods. Teaching and research are also important pillars of this new facility.
The hospital offers a wide range of departments related to traumatology: rheumatology, sport medicine, rehabilitation, plastic surgery applied to physiotherapy, pediatric orthopedics, chiropody, as well as nutrition, psychology, dermatology and neurology.
This project was created by Isabel and Ignacio Muñoz Criado, he is one of the best orthopedic surgeons and traumatologists of Valencia. He built a solid reputation in the world of tennis and worked several years in the Hospital Casa de Salud in Valencia. He also ran the health department of Valencia Basket. His sister, Isabel Muñoz Criado, a graduate of Medicine and Pharmacy from the Universitat de Valencia, was also manager of the Higher Public Health Research Center (CSISP) and the Príncipe Felipe Research Center.
Financially speaking, the main investors are two businessmen from Valencia: Francisco Lorente, the president of the Spanish subsidiary of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Enrique Silla, the founder of Jeanología company. The total project required an investment of 14 million euros for the building and more than 5 million for the most recent high tech equipment.
The architect, Javier García Solera, was in charge of the building’s design: 11 000 m2 divided into 10 floors, entirely dedicated to our musculoskeletal system (including 1 350 m2 for rehabilitation). Among the many facilities, there is a pool for hydrotherapy, powerful MRI scanners, 5 operating theatres, 18 bedrooms, 20 consulting rooms, a teaching area and a reception hall.
The hospital will give a special welcome to foreigners whether they are professional athletes or amateurs and will collaborate with many different private insurance companies.