Autonomous Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya)

The CERCA Institute is the Government of Catalonia’s technical service and its tool for supervising, supporting and facilitating the activities of the research centres in the CERCA system. Set up as a foundation in 2010, it was created to respond to one of the commitments of the Catalan Agreement on Research and Innovation: ‘The Government of Catalonia will create the Research Centres of Catalonia Agency using existing resources with the purpose of responding to the specific and unique needs that emerge from the structural funding, development and monitoring of Catalan research centres.”

The model for Catalonia’s CERCA research centres has developed quantitatively and qualitatively over the last ten years, and has reached levels of scientific excellence in various areas. It is a model characterised by agile, self-governed management structures, the attraction of talented researchers and efficiency in obtaining competitive funding founded on high-level scientific activity. The challenge now is to continue growing in a rapidly changing context that offers numerous opportunities.

Catalan Health Institute (Institut Català de la Salut - ICS)

The ICS in Girona manages 26 Primary Care Teams (EAP) across the Girona Healthcare Region, and runs the most important and renowned hospital in the province, the Doctor Josep Trueta University Hospital of Girona; which is also the base hospital for the Basic Health Areas (ABS) of Girona Celrà, Sarrià de Ter and Banyoles.

ICS Girona has a team of around 3,600 professionals, a hospital with 403 beds (including conventional, 53 critically ill and semi-critically ill, and 18 beds for sick babies), 11 operating theatres and 127 outpatient consulting rooms; 36 primary healthcare centres and 115 local surgeries spread out across the whole region, which together make the ICS the main healthcare services provider in the Girona region.

University of Girona (Universitat de Girona - UdG)

The University of Girona is a public institution that strives for excellence in teaching and research and which participates in society’s progress and development through the creation, transmission, diffusion and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.

It is deeply rooted in Catalonia and Catalan culture and is one of the main economic and cultural drivers in the region. At the same time, it pursues a vocation of universality and openness to all traditions, advances and cultures.

The University is based in the city of Girona and forms part of the Catalan public university system.

Catalan Institute of Oncology (Institut Català d’Oncologia - ICO)

The ICO is a public centre specialising exclusively in cancer. Its approach to the disease is comprehensive, combining prevention work, treatment, specialised training and research all in one organisation.

The ICO is a public company set up in 1995 by the Government of Catalonia’s Department of Health. It began operating one year later at the Duran i Reynals Hospital in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Seven years later, in 2002, ICO Girona was launched in Doctor Josep Trueta Hospital, and the following year ICO Badalona opened in Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital.

Currently the ICO is the benchmark oncology centre for 40% of Catalonia’s adult population.

Institute for Diagnostic Imaging (Institut de Diagnosi per la Imatge - IDI)

The IDI is a public company affiliated with CatSalut, and the first of its kind created under the provisions of the Healthcare Planning Law of Catalonia. Its principal mission is to manage, administer and provide diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine services.

In addition, some of its other objectives include: participating in technological innovation projects, developing research and promoting teaching.

Healthcare Institute (Institut d'Assistència Sanitària - IAS)

The IAS provides the entire Girona Health Region with all its mental health services and other specific healthcare, social, support and diagnostic services. It offers social and healthcare services in the Gironès, La Selva and Pla de l’Estany counties and manages the Santa Caterina Hospital for the interior area of La Selva and part of Gironès county. The IAS also manages the Basic Health Areas (ABS) of Anglès, Breda-Hostalric and Cassà de la Selva.

In order to provide these services, the IAS employs a team of more than 1,400 professionals, and has a decentralised structure with 24 centres across the Health Region offering community mental health care and support for addictions, four primary healthcare centres and 11 local surgeries that cover the needs of the three Basic Health Areas.