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Spain: CEB support for the modernisation of medical research infrastructure at the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona

20 January 2011

BARCELONA - as part of his mission to Spain, CEB Governor Mr. Raphaël Alomar visited the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, accompanied by Mr. Jordi Bachs Ferrer, Managing Director of the Fundación Sant Pau.

The Sant Pau is one of Spain’s largest and most important hospitals, both in size and scope of activities. It also prides itself on being one of the country’s oldest medical institutions, with a historical area built between 1901 and 1930 by renowned Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This site has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997.

In December 2010, within the framework of its activities in the health sector, the CEB signed an agreement for a new EUR 40 million loan to its long-standing partner Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (la Caixa). The proceeds of this loan will be applied by la Caixa to the financing of the construction and equipment of two buildings located in the modern part of the hospital complex, so as to provide state-of-the-art facilities aimed at better housing Sant Pau’s medical research institute.

On this occasion, Governor Alomar declared that “by its contribution to the development of human capital, this project features prominently within CEB’s mandate and social objectives. It will support the completion of a complex hospital reform process. In addition to patient care, the ‘Sant Pau Hospital’ handles a large range of teaching and research activities which will be strengthened through CEB intervention.”

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