PRESENTATION OF THE FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Official aims and organisation
The work of the Fondazione Santa Lucia dates back to 1960 when, under another name, the
facility was devoted to the care of disabled veterans of World War Two. In those days the
concept of rehabilitation as understood nowadays was almost unknown.
An innovative process was thus started that, enhanced by the growth of ideas,
initiatives and new methods, gave rise to the first programmes of functional
rehabilitation, social and employment reinstatement of the disabled and sports therapy.
The cultural process thus drew closer to the needs of the disabled User by establishing
increasingly suitable and excellent rehabilitation services and treatments.
During the Eighties, the Management of the present-day Foundation promoted intense
research work and allocated part of its budget to funding projects for the study of
neurological damage. Italian and foreign scientists, all from universities, participated
in this high-level work. The subjects and results of the research have been published in
scientific journals distributed both in Italy and internationally.
On 7 August 1992, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the University and
Scientific and Technological Research, granted the Fondazione Santa Lucia the status of
Scientific Institute for Hospitalisation and Treatment of National Importance and
High-level Specialisation in Neuromotor Rehabilitation, in recognition of its constant
commitment to clinical, research and teaching activities.
The Foundation's Hospital
A modern, high-technology six-storey building, covering a total
area of over 30,000 sq.m, houses the new Fondazione Santa Lucia hospital. The structure,
immersed in the nature oasis between Via Appia and Via Ardeatina, meets the most modern
organisational, technological and quality standards. Disabled persons, Users and the
voluntary associations operating in the Institute assisted in the creation of all the
facilities by checking and testing the proposed designs. Every floor of the building
houses 53 very high-technology beds, in rooms of 46 sq.m with bathroom, and a gym of about
400 sq.m for physiokinesitherapy. The hospital, specialised exclusively in functional
recovery and re-education, has 320 beds accredited by the National Health Service of
- 296 beds for ordinary hospitalisation,
- 24 day-hospital beds,
in addition to 18 beds for private patients.
Other facilities available are the:
- respiratory rehabilitation service,
- phoniatrics service,
- logopaedics service,
- hydrokinesitherapy service,
- neuropsychological diagnosis and treatment service,
- neurophysiopathology service,
- occupational therapy workshop,
- general outpatients' department,
- analysis laboratory,
- imaging diagnosis service.
As a Scientific Institute for Hospitalisation and Treatment, the Santa Lucia Foundation
carries out intensive research work in the fields of neuromotor rehabilitation and, more
generally, of neuroscience.
Experimental work is closely linked with care and that is why, while staying at the
Foundation, a User may be contacted and invited to participate in a scientific project,
subject to informed consent.
Research programmes are an essential activity in the field of care because they make it
possible to discover new rehabilitation cures and treatments in the interests of the User
and, more generally speaking, of the community.
An Ethics Committee operates in the Foundation.
The Committee meets periodically and applies internationally recognised evaluation
criteria (approved by the "Helsinki Declaration" 1996 ed. - and confirmed
during the "Convention for the Defence of the Rights of Man and the Dignity of the
Human Being in relation to the application of Biology in Medicine", held in Strasburg
in 1996) and it is the guarantor of the protection of the User during the experimentation.
Before being included in a "research protocol" the User is adequately
informed about the project and the tests to be conducted in it through the completion and
signature of the special "informed consent" form.
- President:Albina Brutti
- Administrative Manager:Beniamino Ceccarelli
- Purveyor:Maria Adriana Amadio
- General Manager:Luigi Amadio
- Science Manager:Carlo Caltagirone
- Actg. Medical Director:Antonino Salvia
- Director Operations Unit A:Marco Molinari
- Director Operations Unit B:Rita Formisano
- Director Operations Unit C:Carlo Caltagirone
- Director Operations Unit D:Marco Traballesi
- Director Operations Unit E:Maria Grazia Grasso
- Director Operations Unit F:Stefano Paolucci
- Head of Analysis Laboratory:Sandra Terziani
- Head of Imaging Diagnosis Service:Lucio Fraracci
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