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HISTORY OF KATOWICE'S SPECIALIST
UROLOGICAL HOSPITAL

HISTORY OF KATOWICE'S SPECIALIST
UROLOGICAL HOSPITAL

On Strzelecka 9 street - a place which many people associate with the functioning of the Specialistic Urological Hospital for years.

Until the mid-1970s, the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Municipal Hospital No. 6 in Katowice operated there. Later, it was closed down due to that fact that Infectious Pavilion had been built in 1976 in Specialist Hospial in Chorzów.

At the beginning of the1980 s due to the need to carry out a major refurbishment of the Specialist Hospital No. 2 in Katowice on Warszawska 52, the wards functioning there had to be moved to another place - inter alia, the Urological Department and the First Chair and Clinic of Urology of the Silesian Medical Academy, headed by prof. J. Zieliński, operating on the basis of 50 clinical beds since 1964. At that time, the Urological Department in this hospital was headed by M.D. dr Adam Szkodny. He was the initiator of the construction of a new headquarters for the 1st Chair and Clinic of Urology and the Urological Unit in Katowice on Strzelecka street. The idea was accepted by both provincial and municipal authorities.

Around 1983, the construction was started - it was decided to adopt a three-storey building of the Infectious Diseases Ward for the needs of the Hospital and combine it with the newly built 5-storey building in such a way that they form one solid construction.

The single-profile Specialised Urological Hospital numbering 93 beds began its operation under the name of City Hospital No. 7 and was part of the Health Care Complex structure for the city of Katowice until 1992, and then as a result of the reorganisation it entered the structure of the Closed Medical Treatment Center in Katowice, where it operated until end of 1995.

Since the beginning of the operation of the Municipal Hospital No. 7, supervision over the functioning of the Urological Unit was carried out by prof. M.D. dr Adam Szkodny, who (after the retirement of prof. J. Zieliński) from September 1, 1984 became the head of the 1st Chair and Clinic of Urology. He was also the Chief Doctor of the City Hospital No. 7 until September 30, 1995 (when he retired).

After the entry into force of the Act of November 24, 1995 on the change of the scope of operation of some cities and urban areas of public services and allocation of Katowice to carry out tasks in the field of primary health care (outpatient care), the City Council of Katowice decided that it is not able to continue the given tasks of hospital treatment and decided to terminate the Agreement with the Governor concluded on May 14, 1993. However, it was recognised that in the era of restructuring of health care it will be advisable to split the complex into two Hospitals and transform them into independent public health care institutions.
Change in the functioning of public health care institutions run in the form of budgetary units or complexes resulting from the ruling of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of May 18, 1995 on the conditions under which public funds are transferred to independent healthcare facilities and how to control their use, was to enable the introduction of a regulated market for health services and general health insurance.
The Municipal Hospital No. 2 and No. 7 were selected for transformation due to the fact that in the last decade, the municipality of Katowice engaged considerable financial resources both in the renovation of one, as well as in the extension and furnishing of the second Hospital.
The initiator of the separation and transformation of these hospitals was the Director of Health Care Centre for Hospital Treatment - dr M.D. Wiesław Duda. The necessary steps had been taken to transform these Hospitals. Based on the information received on December 4, 1995 that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare decided to provide these hospitals for pilotage in the first quarter of 1996 as independent units, the City Council of Katowice took the necessary steps to transform these hospitals into independent units. On December 11, 1995, the Municipal Council of Katowice adopted Resolution No. XXI / 165/95 on the transformation of the public healthcare facility - Hospital No. 7, part of the Hospital Treatment Health Care Center in Katowice into an independent public health care institution "The Hospital of Prof. Michałowski in Katowice."
Under this resolution, the newly appointed Hospital was to:

Along with the accepted resolution, the Katowice City Board was required to appeal to the Katowice Province Governor regarding the transfer of state property to the Katowice municipality, which is in use of the Hospital, for the purpose of founding fund.

On the position of the Director of the SPZOZ (independent public health care institution) Hospital Prof. E. Michałowski in Katowice was appointed the former Director of ZOZ LZ in Katowice - M.D. dr Wiesław Duda, a urologist.

Adopted by the Supervisory Board of the Hospital on January 15, 1996 and approved by the City Council on January 17, 1996. the "Statute of an independent public health care center of Prof. E. Michałowski in Katowice" made it possible to register the Hospital with the decision of the Registry Court in Katowice on January 24, 1996 under the name of the Independent Public Health Care Center of Prof. E. Michałowski in Katowice and thus obtained legal status. The hospital functioned in this form until 30 August 2010.

In the period from January 1, 1996 to April 2008, the head of the Urology Unit, at the same time acting as the General Director or the Deputy Director for Health Care, was Dr. Wiesław Duda. In the period from May 2008 to June 1, 2010 (from the beginning of the hospital's liquidation process) supervision over the functioning of the Urology Unit, and the role of the Deputy Director for Health Treatment was appointed to dr. Jan Kawecki.

One of the first tasks of the Director of the newly appointed Hospital was to regulate the further functioning of the 1st Chair and Clinic of Urology on the basis of hospital beds due to the fact that the previous agreement expired on 30 September 1995. As a result of talks with the Silesian Medical Academy, various agreements were concluded, which resulted in the functioning of the First Chair and Clinic of Urology on the basis of 25 beds from SPZOZ Hospital of Prof. E. Michałowski until August 4, 2001.

Striving to ensure the high quality of medical services, it was decided to submit to a voluntary, independent assessment of the inspectors from the Center for Quality Monitoring in Krakow. In 2000, the Hospital obtained the status of an Accredited Hospital - Certificate No. 2000/13. After one year, the inspectors were reassessed and a full three-year accreditation was obtained for the period from September 8, 2001 to September 7, 2004. In order to meet the European Union's requirements, it was decided to organise not only the hospital's basic activity, but also administration and management processes. For this purpose, from March 2004, work has begun on the implementation of a quality management system in line with the requirements of the PN - EN ISO 9001: 2001 standard.

On October 27-29, 2004, a certification audit of the Quality Management System was carried out and the Hospital received a Certificate with a date until November 21, 2007. During this period, supervisory audits were carried out on September 22, 2005 and November 6, 2006.

From 1996 to 1998, the Hospital provided services under the Contract with the Provincial Physician representing the Governor of Katowice.

Since 1999, the hospital has provided services under the contract with the payer of health services, at the beginning with the Regional Health Funds (Śląska, Małopolska and Industry), then with the Silesian Provincial Department of the National Health Fund.

On December 22, 2009 President of the City of Katowice and Director of the SPZOZ Hospital of Prof. E. Michałowski in Katowice announced an open tender for:

As a result of the tender, three offers were received. The offer of MED Holding SA from Katowice was selected.
MED Holding SA, in accordance with the requirements of the tender, established NZOZ (non-public health care institution), granted its statute and entered it on 3 August 2010 into the register of health care institutions run by the Silesian Province Governor as a Non-Public Health Care Institution Specialist Hospital of Prof. E. Michałowski, with the date of starting operations on September 1, 2010.

The implementation of the Act on Medical Activity on 15 April 2011 caused the company to operate as a medical entity with two separate enterprises. For a better understanding of the scope of business activity by the general public, the medical entity uses the name: MED HOLDING SA running a Non-Public Health Care Centre Specialist Hospital of Prof. E. Michałowski and Specialised Urology Clinic.

The director of the newly created NZOZ was dr Wiesław Duda, who held this position until the end of November 2014.

In order to implement point 2 of the tender announced on 15 September 2011, the cornerstone for the construction of a new facility functionally connected with the existing Hospital was laid.

The opening of the newly built facility took place on December 3, 2012, and was put into use at the turn of 2012 and 2013.

It locates:
1. On the ground floor

2. On the first floor

3. On the second floor of the newly built facility (In the middle of 2013, it was put into operation and opened to patients):

As a result of negotiations on the purchase of the real estate of the old Hospital building, which took place on 23 September 2014, MED HOLDING SA became the purchaser of the above-mentioned property. On October 30, 2014, the relevant Notarial Deed was signed.

Since December 2014, the Hospital Director who simultaneously supervises the functioning of the Specialist Urological Clinic has been dr Jan Kawecki.

The introduction of innovative and highly specialised medical procedures in the field of urology significantly reduced the period of the patient's stay in the hospital from 11.6 days (in 1995) to 3-4 days.

Throughout the hospital's operation, measures are taken to improve the infrastructure of hospital facilities, equipping them with the latest medical equipment and devices, introducing new operating techniques, all in order to fulfil the Hospital Mission, which reads: "The good of the sick is the highest law"

January 2015 - the facility receives the Certificate of the "Hospital without pain". This certificate is a confirmation of the highest standards of post-operative pain relief.

In August 2015, as a result of implementation of systems based on the requirements of PN - EN ISO 9001: 2008 and PN - EN ISO 14001: 2004 standards and submission to a certification audit for compliance with the requirements of the above mentioned standards, the facility has received relevant certificates.

In November 2015, the Department of Oncology Urology was liquidated, and thus two sections were distinguished within the Urology Department, i.e.: Division I of the Urology Unit (located in building B) and Division II and III of the Urology Unit (located in building A).

In November 2015, the facility expanded its activity to provide health services in the field of occupational health services - on November 2, 2015, the Outpatient's Unit of Occupational Medicine was opened.

September 2016 - opening of the Urinary Incontinence Institute in the facility. The institute was created in our facility for the sake of patients who are affected by the problem of urinary incontinence. Patients can benefit from physiotherapeutic consultation in the Laboratory and from the therapeutic program using the modern sEMG Biofeedback method and functional electromyography in the assessment of the pelvic floor muscle function.

June 2017 - the centre was placed in the "Wprost" ranking of the 2017 best hospitals in Poland, occupying three "high" places:
- second place - in the category: "Treatment of urolithiasis of the urinary system"
- fifth place - in the category: "Small urological treatments"
- eight place - in the category: "The Best Urological Hospital"

January 2018 - the facility receives the Accreditation Certificate of the Minister of Health. The standards of the services provided by the institution have been highly evaluated by the Centre for Quality Monitoring in Health Care, thus granting us the Accreditation Certificate.

The certificate guarantees patients the facilities to ensure safety at the highest possible level, by eliminating all hazards used in medical procedures, effective management of the facility, and thus creating a friendly place for the patient. Receiving the Certificate, the facility joined the elite group of accredited Hospitals!

May 2018 - the facility is re-certified with the "Hospital without pain" certificate. This certificate is a testimony to providing the Patients with the highest standards in terms of relieving post-operative pain. Applying for the renewal of the Certificate, the facility had to meet, among others, the following criteria: training of staff on postoperative pain relief, conducting the process of monitoring and recording the intensity of postoperative pain, as well as control and elimination of side effects in the case of treatment, informing patients about the available methods, types and means to relieve post-operative pain, keeping documentation on postoperative pain measurement. May 2018 - the facility was placed in the "Wprost" ranking of the 2018 best hospitals in Poland, occupying as many as five "high" places:
- 1st place - in the category: "Endoscopic procedures"
- 2nd place - in the category: "Treatment of urolithiasis of the urinary system"
- 5th place - in the category: "Small urological treatments"
- 7th - in the category: "Best Hospitals"
- 9th - in the category: "Large urological operations"