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Institut Guttmann

The Guttmann Institute is a specialized treatment center patients quadriplegics & paraplegics, opened in Barcelona in 1965 by entrepreneur Guillermo González Gilbey also known as a highly specialised hospital. Its aim is to provide the best specialised medical and rehabilitative care in a comprehensive, continuous manner, incorporating the highest levels of science, technology and compassion. It is a hospital specializing in medical and surgical treatment, as well as in the comprehensive psychological, social rehabilitation of people affected by a spinal cord injury, acquired brain damage or any other physical disability of neurological origin. Gonzalez Gilbey suffered a traffic accident in 1958. He was admitted to Spanish hospitals for four months, without positive results, before being transferred to the London hospital Stoke Mandeville. There he knew the techniques used by Dr. Ludwig Guttmann for the integral treatment in spinal cord injuries and decided that, upon returning to Barcelona, he would create a center inspired by treatments. The first medical director was Dr. Miguel Sarrias Domingo, formed by Dr. Josep Trueta in Oxford , who in 1995 received the Creu de Sant Jordi in recognition of his work at the head of the institution. As a University Institute attached to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), their MISSION is to develop academic, scientific and research issues in neuroscience in general and in neurorehabilitation and technology applicable to autonomy in personalized manner. Among its values, the Institute Guttmann stresses its Academic Orientation targeted towards the transfer of knowledge and quality multidisciplinary training in the field of neurorehabilitation for students and clinicians or researchers who want to deepen the knowledge and skills of this neuroscientific discipline. Friends of the Institut Guttmann is an initiative formed by people, organisations and companies that, through their contributions and support, give the Institut Guttmann their trust and appreciation, helping to achieve the foundation’s objectives to improve the specialized treatment. As a private foundation, the Institute Guttmann gives accounts to the Protectorate of Foundations, tutelage service, control and supervision of the Justice Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia. In addition, in accordance with the relevant legislation, also gives accounts annually to the department of health, the audit office and the government Intervention of the Generalitat of Catalonia; as well as the Finance Ministry of the Spanish Government. Human relationships play a key role in its development, the Institut Guttmann believes that respect for human dignity, trust and integrity, autonomy and nondiscrimination are core values that must be taken into account in all its activities. Therefore, maintains a legal behavior, honest, ethical and responsible for promoting all relationships established, from people with neurological disabilities and their families -who dedicates its preferential activity, its team of professionals and collaborators for the success of the institutional mission and the different administrations, institutions, organizations, companies or individuals with whom interact in the development of its objectives. According with the principles of Institut Guttmann: Collects the ethical commitments related to it different fields of activity through the Ethical Code of Institut Guttmann. The social status of the foundation sets standards of good governance that have to accomplish all the members of the Board as well as the management team. The clinical and translational research potential of Institut Guttmann is based, on the one hand, on the concentration of a sufficient number of cases to allow maintenance and development of skilled professionals at the same time as guaranteeing the quality, safety and efficiency of the care. The research model is based on the systematic exercise of rigorous and ethical work, based on scientific evidence and following the scientific method. Translational research aims to develop sustainable solutions to health problems, moving the results of basic research into clinical practice as quickly as possible. At the Institut Guttmann, the systematic care act itself becomes an exercise in continuous clinical research, which promotes the generation of new knowledge while driving continuous improvement in the quality of the healthcare services offered by the hospital. It also allows the promotion of specialised professional training related to the field of neurorehabilitation and the technology applied to disability, while enabling the development of knowledge of the techniques and experiences that support the health and quality of life of those affected by a major acquired neurological problem.