St. Catherine Hospital is a European center of excellence for advanced diagnostics, orthopedic procedures and spine surgery, pain management, sport medicine as well as in the implementation of innovative diagnostics methods and personalized treatment strategies. The concept of integral healthcare, (where expert teams from radiology, orthopedics, surgery, anesthesiology, gastroenterology, neurology and physical medicine take a multidisciplinary approach, using the newest equipment and the latest treatment options, providing superior diagnostics in one place, the best treatment options and individualized rehabilitation protocols) is what underlines the uniqueness of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.
According to many, St Catherine Hospital is the leading orthopedics and spine surgery hospital in the region. Our team of top orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons will coordinate your care with other medical professionals including sports medicine, pain management, radiology, internal medicine, and physical therapy, among others. This interdisciplinary team approach to health care enables the most effective and individualized treatment of your orthopedic condition.Furthermore, our hospital is very well known for advanced diagnostics, spinal surgery with the treatment of painful vertebral conditions (minimum invasive pain management), and sports medicine. All mentioned is internationally recognized and patients from USA, Canada, France, Iraq, Libya, Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, Malta, etc. are cured in our hospital, which positions us and Croatian health system highly internationally.
St. Catherine Hospital is among a few European institutions that started with applications of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in clinical practice (Lipogems). St. Catherine’s orthopedic team for the first time in the region made a new medical alternative: the meniscal transplant, an hour-long, outpatient, arthroscopic procedure that uses donor tissue to replace damaged meniscus, which can dramatically slow the onset of arthritis. In addition to meniscal transplant since recently we are also successfully applying a new biological treatment : meniscus replacement with the synthetic implant. The hospital encompasses: surgery unit comprising of 5 operating rooms with separate sterilization unit and recovery room with 4 beds; radiology diagnostics (Philips EPIQ 7 ultrasound system, MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5 T with Tim+Dot i), in-patient department with 14 beds; day hospital with 5 beds; a polyclinic with 6 medical specialist clinics: Orthopedics Clinic, Surgery Clinic, Anesthesiology Clinic with pain management division, Internal Medicine Clinic, Clinic for Back Pain, Neurology Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic. The staff of 50 includes 15 doctors (4 professors, 5 associate professor, etc), 3 radiology engineers, 6 physiotherapist, 18 nurses, etc. All our staff is fluent in English.
Annually, we see more than 22 000 patients We were particularly proud to report the lowest percentage of hospital infections in comparison with any other hospital in South Eastern Europe (0.566%). We collaborate closely with following healthcare insurance companies: GRAWE Group (Grazer Wechselseitige), Unique Health Insurance, Global Benefits Group, Croatian health care insurance, Tangiers International LTD, etc.
Our hospital is proud member of the prestigious group “The Leading Hospitals of The World”. In June of 2015., International Certification Association (ICERTIAS) announced that the St. Catherine Hospital won the top Quality medal (QUDAL – QUality meDAL) and that St. Catherine Hospital according to the customer’s/patient’s opinion is the best private hospital in the Republic of Croatia. During the study, ICERTIAS was using CAWI – DEEPMA (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing – Deep Mind Awareness) methods in order to analyze all received data. Superbrands organization based in the Great Britain since 1995 published annually the strongest brands and in July of 2016. announced that St. Catherine won “Croatia Superbrands 2016/2017 Award” for its quality, reliability and distinction.
In February of 2016., International Certification Association (ICERTIAS) announced that the St. Catherine Hospital won the ICERTIAS Customers’ Friends Award. During the study, ICERTIAS was analyzing the quality of communication with the patients, the quality of digital presence in social network, the quality of hospital web page, the image of the hospital in society, the image of hospital owner in society, etc.. In September of 2016. St. Catherine Hospital has been named a National Champion for Republic of Croatia in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.
On November 6th, 2015., Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia announced that the St. Catherine Hospital become “Scientific Center of Excellence for the Personalized Medicine in the Republic of Croatia” as a part of Consortium that includes the top healthcare and scientific institutions in country.
St. Catherine Hospital is a teaching hospital of the Medical Faculty of the Universities of Split, Rijeka and Osijek as well as of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb. St. Catherine Specialty Hospital collaborates with leading European and U.S. clinics like Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (Germany), Regiomed-Kliniken (Germany), Diagnostikum Graz (Austria), Carolina’s Pain Institute (USA), etc. During the last five years our hospital and Mayo Clinic are jointly organizing the most prestigious scientific event in the Europe in the field of personalized medicine. So far more than 3200 participants and lectures (including the Nobel prize laureates) from over 60 countries participated ( www.isabs.hr ). Furthermore, Specialty Hospital St. Catherine is the official medical institution of the Croatian Olympic Committee and of the Croatian Football Federation.
St. Catherine Hospital is the member of the PainOmics consortium that include 9 different countries. The total budget for this study is Euro 7,867,105.00 while EU is supporting project with Euro 5,998,886.00. Pain-OMICS is a multidisciplinary consortium of leading clinical, academic and industrial SME researchers in pain, genomics, epigenetics, glycomics, and activomics.
From the very first day St. Catherine Hospital has been envisioned as a Center of Excellence for orthopedics, spine surgery, sports medicine, traumatology and physical medicine, both in terms of expert staff and equipment. Due to that strategy, many of the top-level athletes from different sports have been diagnosed or treated at the hospital, including: Garry Kasparov (former World Chess Champion), Marin Čilić (Winner of the US Open 2014 ), Gordan Giriček (NBA player: Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Utal Jazz), Bojan Bogdanović (NBA player: Brooklyn Nets), Mario Mandžukić (football player: Juventus, Italy and Croatian National Soccer Team), Luka Modrić (football player: Real Madrid, Spain and Croatian National Soccer Team), Ivan Rakitić (football player: Barcelona, Spain and CroatianNational Soccer Team), Ivica Olić (football player: Wolfsburg, Germany and Croatian National Soccer Team), Ivica Kostelić (former World Cup alpine ski racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist), Janica Kostelić (former World Cup alpine ski racer and four-time Olympic gold medalist), Blanka Vlašić (a high jump indoor World Champion), Niko Kranjčar (football player: Queens Park Rangers and Croatian National Soccer Team), Maria Clara Salgado Rufino (member of Brazilian Volleyball Team), Mathieu Carle (Canadian Ice Hockey player), Ivano Balić (one of the best handball players of all time.), Mirko Filipović (K-1 World Champion), as well as many other hockey, water polo, table tennis and tae kwon do fighters..