EU Funds Provide Pula Hospital With Brand New Equipment

Lauren Simmonds

As Glas Istre/Borka Petrovic writes on the 31st of December, 2019, in addition to the rest of the equipment that EU funds secured for Pula Hospital, a diagnostic coronary angiography device was also procured, which Secretary of State Željko Plazonić referred to as one of the most modern on the whole market.

Patients from Istria will no longer need to travel to Rijeka for such procedures, the secretary of state stressed, expressing hope that Pula Hospital will successfully form a young and professional team that will complete the whole story. Modern endoscopy equipment has also been purchased and four operating rooms have been newly equipped.

At the beginning of February 2020, Istrian patients will receive a state-of-the-art hospital and surgery at the General Hospital in Pula. In addition, new diagnostics and physical therapy are all located in the so-called Facility 2, a lower new building leaning against the Radiology building on Zagrebačka ulica (street). The total value of the project stands at 85.4 million kuna, and a grant of 38.4 million kuna has also been awarded from the European Regional Development Fund. The money is intended for the purchase of both medical and non-medical equipment for Pula Hospital.

Hospital Director dr. sc. Irena Hrstić noted that the European project for Pula Hospital was realised within the “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014” operational programme. The whole story, as she explained, began back in 2013 when the competent ministry was looking for eligible applicants. Pula Hospital, Hrstić said, already had a project ready, and since they had the resources to start building a new hospital, they decided to ask for 38.5 million kuna for it to be properly equipped.

”We went a little naively into the whole process, not knowing what awaited us. Fortunately, we had assistance from both the County and the City of Pula who had experience with European Union funds,” Hrstić said, adding that the entire project was successfully completed thanks to a team that worked very closely with each other.

The project, as was explained, lasted 48 months in total and the project team consisted of Dr. Hrstić as manager, financial expert Vladimir Barbić, project assistant David Demanuel and project administrator Bernardine Trento, later Vanessa Čakarević.

”The procurement plan consisted of a total of 30 procedures, and of the 38.4 million kuna awarded, we expect to ultimately withdraw 34.5 million kuna,” stated Hrstić.

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