Who we are
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital belongs to the St. John of God Province of Spain of the Hospitaller Order. It is a private non-profit institution, with a vocation for public service since its creation in 1867.
Our hospital has been dedicated to comprehensive care for women, children and adolescents, and has become one of the most important specialised paediatric centres in Europe. Our care is based on the multidisciplinary work of our professionals.
Through the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation, we conduct research to find new and better treatments for paediatric diseases. As a university hospital, we contribute to the training of health professionals, together with the Universitat de Barcelona. Our goal is not only to promote and encourage the training of our professionals in order to improve the health of our patients and the community, but also to advance scientific and human knowledge.
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital as a public service hospital
Healthcare centres and departments, whatever their level, category or title, in order to be able to commence operation or in the event of any significant change, require administrative authorisation of operation and accreditation as an acute-care hospital. This recognition is given by the Health Department and granted by resolution by the Health Department's general manager of Healthcare Regulation, Planning and Resources.
Administrative authorisation gives permission to commence operation of a healthcare centre and authorise all the medical and nursing services and specialties provided and practised in that building.
Accreditation of healthcare centres is defined as a process by which a healthcare organisation is incorporated into an external verification system that evaluates the level of the organisation in relation to a set of pre-established benchmarks, agreed upon with experts and adapted to the region.
Accreditation certifies that a healthcare organisation has attained a certain level of quality and skill. To demonstrate it, this organisation receives a certificate issued by the Department of Health.
Accreditation indicates that a healthcare organisation has been found to have attained a level of quality higher than the standards that may be required for administrative authorisation of a healthcare centre. It is mandatory to be a provider for the Catalan Health Service and to work with private insurance companies.
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital was reaccredited in 2014 by the Department of Health of the Regional Government of Catalonia, with a score for essential standards of 96.97%. This accreditation must be renewed every three years.
A little bit of history of the hospital
Since its inception in 1867, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has been a private, non-profit institution dedicated to public service. In 2017, the unit celebrated its 150th anniversary, a long road from its location in Calle Muntaner in Barcelona, when it became Spain's first children's hospital.
One of the principal milestones in the hospital's history was its alignment with the public health system in 1973. In 1991, the Generalitat de Catalunya (local government of Catalonia) established the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut), an entity that “ensures comprehensive and high-quality public health coverage for all citizens of Catalonia” as “public insurer” and providing a number of specific services. SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital provides healthcare services in cooperation with CatSalut.