UTALCA AND SSMAULE SIGNED TRANSFER OF HOSPITAL OUTBUILDING TO THE CORPORATION

THE UNIVERSITY PURCHASED THE PROPERTY FROM CENCOSUD, A HOLDING THAT OWNED THE LAND ON WHICH THE ITALIAN HOSPITAL IS LOCATED.



Decembre 16, 2016

A clinical, research, training and professional specialization field will generate our university in the infrastructure of the San Miguel outbuilding of the Regional Hospital of Talca – formerly the Italian Hospital-, which in turn will contribute to the health of the people, in consistency with its condition of State University, committed to the region.
 
President Alvaro Rojas qualified this fact as a new milestone for the institution, in a ceremony that was held in the aforementioned premises.
 
 
After the first step, in which he gathered with the businessman and owner of Cencosud, Horst Paulmann, to seal the deal, the president signed the handover of the facilities on the part of the Maule Health Service to our Academic Institution, with its director Rodrigo Alarcon. On the occasion, a ceremony was held and a tour of the hospital infrastructure made.
 
 
The transfer played a dual objective: it attends a heartfelt aspiration of the community of Talca and its surroundings that needs support in the areas of health and, on the other hand, will be enabled as clinical field for students of the programs related to this area.
 
 
"The University of Talca is in charge of a relevant health infrastructure. This is going to be a clinical, research, training and professional specialization field, where we are going to contribute to the health of the people and as a way to validate haw is a state university committed to its region," said the university authority.  
 
 
Rojas stressed the institutions that an intersectoral manner worked to achieve this agreement. "I would like to thank all those involved, from the owner of the land, Horst Paulmann, the Minister of Health, the Health Service of the Maule, Senator Andrés Zaldívar who accompanied us in many discussions to reach this great moment of joy, but also of responsibility, to start a complex path as it is offering  give health care", he stressed.
 
The director of the Maule Health Service, Rodrigo Alarcon, talked about the importance of conserving the facilities for the good of the Community. "It seems to us that the best destination that can have a place that was a public institution, as a hospital, is to follow that line, as this University, and to continue providing that for which it was built, which is to help improve the quality of life of the people and, from that perspective, the continuity that offers us the UTALCA in this case, is perfect for our aspirations in the field of health for the region", he stressed.
 
 
On this point, the president said that now it comes another stage which is to establish a joint project with the service in the field of health. "We are left with the responsibility of defining a sustainable, quality project, that goes in the direct benefit of so many people who today still do not have the possibility of resolving problems of health which, for reasons of development of the country, are not able to be addressed adequately in the public services", he added.
 
 
For its part, Senator Andrés Zaldiviar, who acted as a facilitator of the efforts, expressed his appreciation for the destination of the hospital. "I am very happy that had a crime was not committed demolishing this entire infrastructure and when it emerged that fear, I spoke with the president to see the possibility that the University could be in charge of this issue. It motivated me to make arrangements with the businessman who owns the land to start now this great new challenge, a great clinical campus that contributes to the health care of the population of the Maule Region, argued the legislator.
 
 Impact
 
 
About the operation of the hospital, Rojas said that while the initial objective is to deliver outpatient solutions of medium complexity, "it is called to be a clinic of high level within a period of five years, without doubts".
 
 
"The development of the Department, the subspecialties and specialties are going to create demands for new constructions, new  alliances, so that it is an area that is called to play a relevant role in the development of medicine in the Maule Region in the coming years," he remarked.
 
 
The foregoing, Rojas said, is the beginning of a new stage in the consolidation of the academic unit that, even if it has a series of complexities, allows us to fulfill the great objective of all state universities - to be at the service of the community.
 
 Department
 
 
The University of Talca has the largest Department of Health Sciences in the center-south of our country, where there are professionals of excellence in the areas of: medical technology, kinesiology, phonoaudiology, nutrition and dietetics, nursing, dentistry and medicine.
 
 
These students will now have their own clinical field to complete their process of preparation for working life and to apply, in addition, their role of service to the community.
 
 
By the same token, the dean of the Department of Health Sciences, Carlos Padilla, stated that this is a historic date for the University of Talca.
 
 
"We have taken a huge step as an institution, thinking about a clinic, in a future hospital, means that the complexity that we associate much with research it also has to be given in the other areas, in the provision of services. We are going to contribute to the health not only from the point of view of the assistance, but also from the point of view of scientific research," he said.
 
 
In this context, Padilla recalled that in the Strategic Plan for 2020, for the first time the UTALCA incorporated as a specific objective to enhance and strengthen the health in the Maule Region.
 
 
For his part, the director of the School of Medicine, Claudio Cruzat, outlined what it represents having a clinical campus for students. "It is a challenge to be able to develop a health center to acquire adequate standards for the training of professionals and that, at the same time, it offers health care for the benefit of the community," he said.



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