The Son Espases Cardiac Surgery Service has performed 10,200 procedures in its twenty years of activity.

Nov 15, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The constant, exhaustive and critical evaluation of the results in the search for excellence has made it a national and international reference service.
This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the first Cardiac Surgery Service of the public health system in the Balearic Islands. Its inception, led by Dr. Oriol Bonnín and an excellent team of highly qualified professionals, represented a very important qualitative change for the Autonomous Community and for Son Dureta, both in terms of the increase in the complexity of the care provided and the dynamics it generated within the organisation. It was a stimulus for the development of new surgical services and care for critical patients. Since it was set up in November 2002, the professionals of the Cardiac Surgery Service have performed 10,200 surgical procedures, of which 9,460 have been major ones.

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Since the beginning of its activity, the Cardiac Surgery Service has been the reference service in the Balearic Islands for the care of cardiac and large vessel surgical pathology. Its mission is to provide high quality comprehensive care to people with cardiovascular diseases, which is the fundamental axis on which all care is based. All care, teaching and research tasks are aimed at improving the quality of care. In addition, the Service stands out for the constant, exhaustive and critical evaluation of the results, in the search for excellence in the quality of care, which has made it a national and international reference centre in different surgical procedures.

This firm commitment in the search for continuous improvement has led to the prestigious “TOP 20 Awards” in the Heart Area in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020, in recognition of the surgical results and the low rate of complications.

Beyond our Autonomous Community, the Service is a benchmark in valve repair. Not in vain, 38 training courses have been organised since 2003, in which more than 400 professionals from Spain and abroad, including surgeons, cardiologists and anaesthesiologists, have been trained.

In addition, in recent years, a step forward has been taken with the implementation of new programmes, with the collaboration of other services of the Hospital and also of other territorial managements. Some examples of this are the Circulatory Assistance Programme with the implantation of the first ECMO or the Long-Term Ventricular Assistance Programme (2020), which was launched to coincide with the worst moments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commemoration of 20 years of Cardiac Surgery (Son Dureta – Son Espases)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cardiac Surgery Service, Son Espases organised a ceremony in which the following took part: the Councillor for Health and Consumer Affairs, Patrícia Gómez; the director general of the Health Service, Manuel Palomino; the managing director of Son Espases, Josep Pomar; the head of the Cardiac Surgery Service, José Ignacio Sáenz de Ibarra, and the first head of the Service, Oriol Bonnín. During the ceremony, tribute was paid to some thirty professionals from different categories and services who have worked and collaborated to make the Cardiac Surgery Service a national and international benchmark.

During the ceremony, the Councillor for Health and Consumer Affairs, Patrícia Gómez, praised the figure of Dr. Oriol Bonnín, who “took on the challenge of setting up the team and leading an essential project for public health in the Balearic Islands, as well as the professionals who accompanied him at the beginning and those who have joined him since”. In these twenty years, said the Councillor, “the prestige of the Cardiac Surgery Service is also prestige for the Hospital and for the public health of this Autonomous Community”. During her speech, Councillor Gómez also wanted to “give special thanks to the politicians and managers of the time: Aina Salom, as Health Councillor; Juli Fuster, as Director General; Luis Carretero, as Manager of Son Dureta, and Manuel Palomino, as Director of Hospital Management.