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Our recent history

Since 2004, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has been in the process of change and this has allowed it to go from being a local general hospital to a highly specialised centre for paediatrics and maternal health on an international level.

This process is being implemented by means of several strategic plans entitled Paidhos (a word formed from the ancient Greek for “child” (paîs, paidós), plus an “h” for “hospitality”).

Paidhos 2004–2008

The first strategic plan reflected the need to position the Hospital as a local paediatrics centre as a paediatric general hospital, surpassing its role as a paediatric general hospital. In this way, it aimed for expertise and complexity in healthcare, focused on mothers, children and adolescents, and construction on the infrastructure needed to achieve this got under way.

Paidhos 2008–2014

In this period, specialisation in care was achieved by converting the Hospital into a national centre of reference, governed by the combination of Science and Humanism. A generational change is taking place and the Hospital has positioned itself to add healthcare personnel who are experts in their specialty.

Furthermore, care has been taken beyond the centre itself through the use of new technologies, and efforts in research, teaching and medical innovation have been intensified.

The economic situation caused by the widespread crisis, in addition to the drop in the birth rate, led to the strategic plan being revised in 2010.

New opportunities, which up to that point had not been not contemplated, are being sought. This involves broadening the hospital's horizons in order to turn it into an internationally oriented centre that treats patients outside our borders. In addition, new sources of funding are needed to ensure the hospital's sustainability as a non-profit organisation.

We are now on the Paidhos 2020 plan in order to strengthen our position as a highly specialised and internationally oriented mothers' and children's hospital. 

These are times of great change, which includes periods of uncertainty. Thanks to our professionals' commitment to the hospital and to our patients, we are ready to face and surmount the challenges that come our way, towards a more hopeful future.
Manel del Castillo, Chief Executive Officer at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital