Portuguese American Journal

HIA: Hospital Internacional dos Açores opens March 8th

The Hospital Internacional dos Açores (HIA), the first private health facility of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, will be dedicated on March 8, to serve local and international patients,

The new private hospital is equipped to cover all local health needs, without the necessity for patients, in need of specialized care, having to travel outside the Region.

The HIA is located in Tecnoparque, municipality of Lagoa, São Miguel, where it will offer a broad range of services and specialties, provided by a team of over 350 qualified professionals.

The project was launched on July 19, 2018, comprising of a structure divided by 3 floors over an area of about 12.500 sqm, with a total an investment of 40 million euros.

The HIA will provide over 40 medical specialties, 5 operating theaters, and 96 beds.  The specialties include a Cardiovascular Center, Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery Center, Vascular Surgery Center, Cardiac Surgery, Periscopic Surgery Center, Urology Center, Neurosurgery Center, Advanced Imaging Center, Respiratory Function Center, Neurophysiological Studies and Audiology, Clinical Analysis and Pathological Anatomy services, Intensive Care facilities, and Health Tourism services.

To guarantee accessibility to the broad community, the new private hospital has established protocols with the main national and regional health insurers.

Currently, the Azores are served by three full operating public hospitals, namely Hospital Divino Espiríto Santo (São Miguel); Hospital Santo Espírito of Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira); and Hospital of Horta (Faial).

In addition, the Region has a network of clinics and health centers covering the primary health needs of the region population, estimated at 250 thousand, spread over nine islands.

The project was led the HPA Group, one of the Portugal’s largest private groups of the health sector, in partnership with Tecnovia Açores.

The dedication ceremony of the Hospital Internacional dos Açores will be presided by the President of the Regional Government, José Manuel Bolieiro, with the participation of the of the Regional Secretary for Health and Sports, Clélio Meneses; the Regional Finance Secretary, Joaquim Bastos e Silva; the President of the Municipality of Lagoa, Cristina Calisto, and Ana Reis, Director of the Regional of Investment and Competitiveness services.

The Azores (population 250,000) became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal.

PAJ/Staff

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