Today, the Executive Director of UMHAT “St. Marina” Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov presented the Activity Report of the Hospital for 2017 at an open medical council in the presence of the Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev, the Rector of MU – Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, the District Governor Mr. Stoyan Pasev, the Mayor of the Sea Capital Mr. Ivan Portnih, official guests, lecturers and doctors. Later on, the Minister paid a visit to the Department of Pediatric Oncohematology and gave presents to the young patients, the Hospital Pharmacy, where he observed the modern robotic system for the dissolution of cytostatics, the Nuclear Medicine Department, and had a meeting with the media. Minister Ananiev underlined that the proper hospital management, the state-of-the-art equipment and the qualified medical staff were the right way for achieving high results. “It is much better the funds spent for treating Bulgarian citizens abroad to be invested in the hospitals in our country, and why not offer treatment to foreigners in Bulgaria tomorrow,” said the Minister.
The Activity Report for 2017 revealed that UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna has 1 392 hospital beds. The hospital has 2 073 employees, more than 529 of whom are senior medical staff – highly qualified university lecturers, national and regional consultants.
The biggest hospital in Eastern Bulgaria, which has already been recognized as the European face of Bulgarian hospital healthcare, provides comprehensive medical care to its patients, including pre-hospital, hospital and emergency care, diagnostics with the most modern and high-tech equipment and expert medical activities. Here Bulgarian patients can get highly specialized medical care, diagnostics and treatment, for which quite recently they had to travel abroad and pay almost unaffordable sums of money to the European hospitals.
The revenues for 2017 at University Hospital “St. Marina” were increased, while the liabilities and arrears to suppliers for medicaments and medical supplies were decreased, and, on the other hand, the average gross salary was raised compared to the previous 2016. In 2017 UMHAT “St. Marina” managed to double its capital and completed the year without any liabilities to the state, the municipality and the personnel. In the course of the last year, the hospital purchased 10 hemodialysis apparatus, ultrasound apparatus for the Pediatric Clinic of Clinical Hematology and Oncology, three apparatus for artificial pulmonary ventilation, surgical video system, mobile C-arm X-ray system for the Orthopedic and Traumatology Clinic, a respirator, apparatus for surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation by cryoablation, and dosimetry apparatus and equipment. Through the President’s Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign the hospital obtained a respiratory resuscitation apparatus, fibrobronhoscope, thermo bed, holter, echocardiography system, defibrillator, infusion pump, linear transducer and pediatric endoscopic apparatus for the children’s wards. The First Clinic of Neurological Disorders, the Clinics of Vascular Surgery, Internal Diseases and the Department of Dermatology and Venereology were renovated and modernized. 32 training rooms and three auditoria were modernized and renovated. Moreover, reconstruction of the central and southern entrances was carried out, a new checkpoint was built, the lighting was renovated, an overhaul of the central alley was carried out, and additional parking lot for the staff was built. Funds were invested in state-of-the-art technologies, including a PACS system with remote access to information, a server base, and a remote sensing imaging system. Over the same period, MU – Varna provided two workstation-based echocardiography systems, urology endoscopic equipment and echosonomamograph. The University and the Hospital together carry out socially significant activities at the Museum of the History Medicine.
A new Angiographic Laboratory for Interventional Treatment of Cerebrovascular Diseases, deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices, high-class anaesthesiology complex, local boiler installation and Polysomnography Centre are to be built and purchased, and a Synthesis System for manufacturing patient doses of Gallium – 68 – based radiopharmaceutical is to be introduced as well.
At the beginning of 2018 the Hospital has received an Excellent Accreditation Assessment for its comprehensive medical activities for a five-year term, and on 14th March it was designated as a University Hospital for that period of time by the Government.
The maintenance and development of the facilities is an essential prerequisite for providing quality education to the medical specialists as there is mandatory practical training in the pre-clinical and clinical specialties. More than 5 207 undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students are trained at Medical University – Varna, among them 1400 students from 44 countries, mainly from EU member states. The theoretical and practical training they acquire at MU-Varna is comparable to the best European and world universities.
On Wednesday, the Government decided to grant the rights of the sole owner of the capital in the management of Multi-Profile Hospital for Active Treatment “St. Marina” – Varna to Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” for the duration of the accreditation assessment of the medical establishment as a University Hospital.
Among the positive aspects of this model are stimulating the development of medical science, increasing the motivation of the teaching staff, optimizing the costs and improving the funding of the Hospital; also, the fact that there will be new opportunities for increasing the remuneration of the staff at the University Hospital. The merger will also lead to a more efficient allocation of the financial resources in the healthcare sector and will improve the activities at the hospital. In addition, the opportunities for investment in the facilities and specialized equipment of the medical establishment will be enhanced. The opportunity for practical training in the facilities of the commercial company will become more extensive and will not be restricted by decisions of its management bodies. “Not least, the merger will lead to a better and higher quality service for the patients because they will be treated in a modern, state-of-the-art hospital by qualified medical doctors and University lecturers,” said the Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Ivanov.