Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: They celebrate the first year of the San Joaquín Medical Center Emergency Service

This Thursday commemorated a year of the start-up of the UC CHRISTUS Emergency Service of the San Joaquín Medical Center , a ceremony in which the inauguration that could not be done due to the pandemic was also held. This service, which began operating on August 19, 2020, marked a milestone in the country, due to its innovative system that seeks to provide emergency outpatient care in a decisive manner.

Likewise, it allows our patients in the south eastern sector of the capital to have a type of care that until now they did not have and access a team made up of health professionals who are experts in emergency care, trained to care for adults and children.

This service, which began operating on August 19, 2020, marked a milestone in the country, due to its innovative system that seeks to provide emergency outpatient care in a decisive manner.

The ceremony was headed by the rector of the Pontifical Catholic University, Dr. Ignacio Sánchez; the pro rector of institutional management, Patricio Donoso; the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Felipe Heusser, together with the general manager, Alejandro Canavati; the medical director, Dr. Jaime Santander and the head of the Emergency Network, Dr. Pablo Aguilera, all from UC CHRISTUS.

One of the differentiating elements of this service is that it provides high quality and safe medicine, in a university training environment, a national leader in innovation, and with a care model based on doctors specializing in emergency medicine, from a perspective focused on the patient and his family.

“This has been the materialization of a great desire, which has been working for a few years with the Health Network and the UC School of Medicine. Have an emergency service capable of solving the vast majority of adult, pediatric, and orthopedic pathologies, and be a source of care for the entire San Joaquín Medical Center area. We hope this will be the first of many emergency centers “, said the head of the Emergency Network UC CHRISTUS,

“This has been the materialization of a great desire, which has been working for a few years with the Health Network and the UC School of Medicine” – Pablo Aguilera, head of the UC Emergency Network

Later, in his speech, the medical director of UC CHRISTUS, Dr. Jaime Santander, thanked the teams of the San Joaquín Medical Center that have worked intensively in the installation of this service and highlighted the importance of the growth of the Health Network to reach with UC Medicine to more patients. “This has to do with dreaming big and bringing UC Medicine much closer to the people at the right time and we have achieved this through the growth of our Health Network. This project has been a tremendous bet and the results support it, because today we have a large number of patients who have direct access to our experience and quality in health, and to our care centers and we hope to continue growing, “he said.

Meanwhile, the rector of the Catholic University, Dr. Ignacio Sánchez highlighted the innovative nature of UC Medicine and mainly of this project. “Here there is a health care that is not the classic one, that sets the course in the country and in the region, and in which we have to pay a lot of attention because we are probably laying the foundations of new health care for our patients that is going to be replicated by other centers ”, he commented.

“Here there is a health care that is not the classic one, that sets the course in the country and in the region, and in which we have to pay a lot of attention because we are probably laying the foundations of new health care for our patients that is going to be replicated by other centers ”- Ignacio Sánchez, rector


Likewise, he highlighted the sense of teaching, which differentiates the UC centers and mainly the UC CHRISTUS Emergency Service. “This model is formative and that is the role of the university, we do everything with a sense of teaching, of training new generations. I am pleased to see leading emergency physicians in different fields in charge of this project who will be in charge of training new specialists for the future of our country and the region, “he concluded.

Subsequently, the authorities made the traditional ribbon cutting and then toured to see the dependencies of the Emergency Service.

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