Mindful of the evolution of medical care based on greater sub-specialization of human health services, the Leben Salud family opted for infrastructure growth by acquiring the Moguilyansk clinic in Cipolletti, the city of origin of this organization, reinforced by new ones. specialists and the latest technology to provide comprehensive patient care.
Alejandro Schröder, CEO of Lebensalud, spoke about the importance of adding new infrastructure in the face of an increasingly evident phenomenon in the advancement of medicine. “It has been and will be in the future that health requires more and more square meters,” he assured about the increase in demand for subspecialties and specific studies for the detection and treatment of various pathologies.
Decades ago, patients visited a cardiologist for treatment of various ailments. Today, they see a cardiologist and seek additional consultations with arrhythmia or hypertension specialists, while undergoing Holter monitoring, mapping and ultrasounds. In constant alliance with the introduction of technology, medical provision has become more complex and has opened up new avenues for Leben Salud, which continues to challenge itself by adding more square meters and new professionals to its team.
Leben Salud emerged from the union of the Río Negro and the Neuquén Medical Foundation, the Imaging Clinic, the Southern Radiation Clinic, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South and the Comprehensive Oncology Center, which began to collaborate to address comprehensive well-being. patients in Alto Valle. Today, it offers its services through eight physical offices spread across the Neuquen capital, in Plottier, General Roca and Cipolletti, and has added a new building to be closer to the needs of the population, which is growing in volume and life expectancy, for which it demands every day more medical services.
During his visit to the LMPlay studio, Schröder analyzed the current healthcare situation in Alto Valle and detailed the main challenges that Leben Salud faces in order to work effectively and integrate with the patient as the core of its development.
How was it decided to bet on adding a new clinic to the Leben Salud family?
New infrastructure has been added, it is a very important step in the development of our vision as Cipoleños and companies, which is to improve the delivery of health services. I understand that this acquisition allows us to improve our services to the community and offer other alternatives. It has been and will be in the future that health requires more and more square meters. There is a very important sub-specialization in the healthcare offering that requires more and more meters and a higher quality of care. A slightly more graphic example of this occurs when we often went to our father and grandfather’s cardiologist. Today we go to a cardiologist, we go to an arrhythmia specialist, a hypertension specialist, we do various special cardiology tests: mapping, Holter monitoring, ultrasound. This means that the supply of subspecialties has greatly expanded, so the institutes, as we have seen before, are beginning to be overwhelmed. On the other hand, the development of ambulatory medicine, which will become more important every year due to the ability to care for people for less time, 20 years ago it was very common to spend 20 days. surgery, that today in a few hours they will return to their home. And to the extent that there are new interventional techniques, new possibilities, it forces people who visit the care center to be sick in the outpatient practice and at home in the afternoon. Opportunities for practice are multiplying, due to the aging of the population, the demand for health has also multiplied.
How do you analyze the health benefits of Alto Valle compared to previous decades when some patients had to travel to Buenos Aires to receive some treatment?
Medicine in the Alto Valle region has always been separated from the internal context of the country, for many years the health offer that exists in Cipolletti and that has been greatly developed in Neuquén has attracted the population of the entire interior of the state and has been able to: offer people a practice that was offered in Buenos Aires 20 or so years ago. There has been a development, beyond our institution, in the general health offer of Alto Valle, which has allowed us to contain all the needs of the population of our region. Today there are oncological transplants, care of the pediatric population, which was unimaginable before.
What role does the introduction of medical technology, which has always been a concern for Leben, play?
Technology is a part of the development of health, technology, like any field of science and the development of industry, has introduced tremendous progress to medicine and has enabled the development of knowledge or recommended practice knowledge. Technology cannot be separated from the evolution of health.
In addition, Leben’s team was joined by the staff of the Moguilyansk clinic.
It is also important for us to accommodate all those people who worked in this structure, all employees and specialists were invited to continue their activities in the outpatient center. Perhaps adapting to other forms of work, but the continuity of people, professionals and benefiting patients of that clinic was important for us. It was quite difficult to change properties on Friday and Monday so that I could see all the patients who are clients of that clinic.
And what is the future challenge for the integration of a family of clinics that combines different specialties?
The challenge is always through a lot of work and great organizational effort to complete the processes that allow us to improve our ability to focus. Today, in some ways burdened with demand, in some ways with the needs of new developments, I think that it is necessary to point out a process of attention that can include different institutions. Each will take and specialize in a field, each institution is like a family with internal characteristics of relationships between patients, employees and professionals. It is important to respect this institutional uniqueness, but to give it support, organization and processes so that it can serve the population more effectively.
How is comprehensive work done for patients who have more than one disease or require more than one specialization and may attend a series of Leben clinics?
Yes, it is a big challenge to focus on more than just what the facility produces. The next few years should be devoted to the linear accompaniment of the patient through his various stages. A heart surgery patient, in an old conception, had a heart surgery, and if the surgery was successful, I’m very happy, thank you very much, and I’ll see you next time you have a complication. The current concept is to accompany the patient, especially in the areas that are our greatest specialization, such as oncology and cardiovascular diseases, over time, catering to their various needs. Today, the patient is undergoing surgery, requires monitoring, probably the disease continues for 10 years. We correct some aspects of the disease, but the age of the patients is accompanied by cardiovascular diseases. They return to the institution and must be an old acquaintance of the institution and not a pathology that enters. The need to admit them, stabilize them, make small adjustments and return them to their homes will continue to grow. That is why the development of ambulatory medicine, but the focus of our development is on the patient.
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