Since 1965, the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital (Barcelona, Spain) is specialized in the rehabilitation of people with a serious brain injury.
Many patients travel to Barcelona to undergo personalized neurorehabilitation programs: spinal cord injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation.
The Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital (Barcelona) is also specialized in neurodegenerative diseases, cerebral palsy and other severe pathologies of a neurological origin.
In 2019, the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital inaugurates a second neurorehabilitation centre in Barcelona: the Guttmann Barcelona Brain Health. This new rehabilitation centre is opening up to new pathologies: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, learning disabilities in children …
The Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International, which certifies that the hospital meets international quality standards of health care.
Guttmann hospital is included in the National Health Service and accredited as a Reference Hospital by the ‘Health Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia’.
The Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital is the Centre of Excellence in Spain for the treatment of complex spinal cord injury (Ministry of Health, Spain)
Treatments offered at the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital (Barcelona):
Doctor Montserrat Bernabeu Guitart
Specialist in neurorehabilitation for acquired brain injury, child neurorehabilitation, neuropharmacology, spasticity and telerehabilitation.Medical Solutions Barcelona
Doctor Joan Vidal Samsó
Specialist in the treatment of neuropathic pain, spasticity, erectile dysfunction, assisted reproduction techniques, physiological adaptation and metabolic changes in spinal cord injury.Medical Solutions Barcelona
Doctor Jesús Benito Penalva
Specialist in neurorehabilitation for spinal cord injury and movement rehabilitation after spinal cord injury.Medical Solutions Barcelona
All of the specialists at the Guttmann Hospital are highly qualified and specialized in specific fields of neurorehabilitation.
Modern building with more than 20,000 m2.
Equipped with the most advanced technology
152 beds distributed in 4 hospitalization units
18 outpatient consulting rooms
7 rooms for diagnosis and treatment
1 surgical wing with 2 operating theatres and 2 resuscitation beds
A surface area of 3,697 m2 for functional rehabilitation (gym, occupational therapy, everyday activities, sports hall, hydrotherapy, running track…)
10,452 m2 of gardens
307 parking spaces (63 adapted)
2019 Inauguration of the new Guttmann Barcelona Brain Health centre. After more than fifty years devoted to spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, the Guttmann Institute is opening up to new pathologies in which it can contribute its knowledge and experience: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, learning disorders in children…
2017 EURECAT recognition of the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital as an Innovative Research Centre
2016 FAD Award (‘Foundation Avedis Donabedian’ – Fundación Avedis Donabedian).
2016 ACABS Award – ‘Camp de Tarragona Civic Action Against Social Barriers’ (Acción Cívica Antibarreras Sociales del Campo de Tarragona), in recognition of the work done by the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital for the inclusion and social recognition of people with disabilities.
2016 ACPRI Award (‘The Catalan Association of Protocol and International Relations’ – Asociación Catalana de Protocolo y Relaciones Internacionales).
2016 Blanquerna Health Award.
2016 “Mussol de l’Any” award, awarded by the Sant Quirze del Vallés Town Council.
2015 Gold Medal of Honour, awarded by the Parliament of Catalonia on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital.
2015 ASPID Award for the social integration of people with disabilities.
2015 ‘Francesc Macià’ Award, granted by the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Gobierno de la Generalitat de Catalunya) in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital.
2015 Special Mention by ONCE at the ‘Solidarity Prizes’ ceremony. (Premios Solidaridad)
Prices prior to 2015:
2014 1st Prize in Road Safety at the 6th European Traffic Congress, for the “GAME OVER” programme in recognition of the contribution of the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital in the awareness and prevention of traffic accidents.
2012 “ACAEBH 40th Anniversary” Award, in the Private Institution category, awarded by the ‘Catalan Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus’ (Asociación Catalana de Espina Bífida e Hidrocefalia).
2012 ‘Venus’ Prize (most prestigious recognition by the city) awarded by the Badalona City Council to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the inauguration of the new Guttmann hospital in the municipality.
2011 Civic Merit Gold Medal, awarded by the Barcelona City Council to the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital in recognition of its forty-five year career.
2008 Award of the ‘National Federation of Paraplegic and Severely Physically Disabled Persons’ (la Federación Nacional de Parapléjicos y Grandes Discapacitados Físicos (ASPAYM) for its contribution and achievements in the treatment of spinal injury and in recognition of the scientific and clinical investigation work that it carries out.
2008 “PLACA DE LA MERCÈ ’08” distinction, granted by the Department of Justice of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Departamento de Justicia de la Generalitat de Catalunya).
2008 Special Commendation given by the Canovelles Town Council to the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital for its help and collaboration with the ‘Driver Education Unit’ (Unidad de Educación Viaria) of the local police of Canovelles.
2007 “Reina Sofia Award” for Rehabilitation and Integration, granted by the ‘Royal Disability Trust’ (Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad).
2007 Gold Medal of the Spanish Red Cross, for the activities carried out by the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital in support of the most underprivileged individuals and groups
2007 ‘Esteve’ Prize for the project ‘New care model for chronic pain in a spinal cord injury community’ (“Nuevo modelo de atención al dolor crónico en una población de lesionados medulares”).
2006 “IMSERSO Infanta Cristina” Award, in the R&D&I Category for New Technology and Technical Assistance, in recognition of the work of investigation carried out at the Institut Guttmann – Neurorehabilitation hospital.
2006 The ‘Civil Guard’ (Guardia Civil) Badge of Honour for Merit, awarded by the Barcelona City Council to the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital.
2006 Badalona City Award, in the social field, granted by the Badalona City Council.
2005 GIMM Award for rehabilitative medical assistance, awarded by the ‘Mataró and Maresme Invalids Group Foundation’ (Fundació Grup d’Invàlids de Mataró i Maresme).
2005 CERMI Award in the Best Regional Action Category, for the work carried out to integrate people with disabilities.
2004 ASPAYM Award for the work of healthcare and comprehensive rehabilitation in support of people with spinal cord injury.
2002 Spirit of Sport Award, given by the ‘Sports Federation Union of Catalonia’ (Unión de Federaciones Deportivas de Catalunya).
2001 ‘Josep Trueta’ Award for Medical Merit, which is granted by the Generalitat of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya).
1998 ASPID Award, granted by the ‘Association of Paraplegics and Physically Disabled of Lleida’ (la Asociación de Parapléjicos y Discapacitados Físicos de Lleida).
1995 ‘Creu de Sant Jordi’ Prize awarded by the Generalitat of Catalonia.
– International accreditation from the Joint Commission International, which certifies that the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital complies with international standards of quality healthcare and organizational management.
– Neurorehabilitation hospital included in the National Health Service and accredited as a Reference Hospital by the ‘Health Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia’ (Departamento de Salud de la Generalitat de Catalunya).
– National Centre of Excellence for the treatment of complex spinal cord injury, by the ‘Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality’ (Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad).
– University Institute affiliated with the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
– Teaching Centre of Excellence in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the ‘Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality’ (Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad).
– ISO 14001 Certificate which certifies correct Environmental Management by the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation hospital.
– EMAS Certificate (Community Regulation Eco-Management and Audit Scheme), which recognizes the organizations which have established an Environmental Management System and are committed to ongoing improvement.
Jonathan Hayden – Tetraplegia:
Jonathan is an Irish patient who suffers a tetraplegia as a result of a surfing accident. Currently, Jonathan is in the Institut Guttmann (Guttmann Institute) performing a neurorehabilitation specialized treatment.
A.Krupka (father of Artem) – Severe head injury, spastic tetraparesis and dysarthria (Institut Guttmann – Guttmann Institute)
After the second operation, the doctors didn’t even give him a 20% chance of coming out of the operation alive. Nevertheless he survived. It has been a fight and a struggle that have let him get through it.
When Artem arrived at the Institut Guttmann (Guttmann Institute), he had a severe head injury, spastic tetraparesis and dysarthria among a series of other cognitive problems.
I was really impressed by the treatment of the medical personnel in general and of Doctor Kumru; we had never received such treatment before. It shows that they are true specialists, professionals in their field and that they know what they are doing.
I am present during his physical rehabilitation, the speech therapy and the sessions with the neuropsychologists. I can see what they do with him and it’s obvious that they know what they’re doing.
All of the rehabilitation is aimed at getting the patient to walk by themselves, as a normal individual and that they may be able to get back into society in the best way possible.
Now Artem can walk, he needs less and less help, he responds to nearly everything and he expresses himself much better.
Each person does their bit in the rehabilitation process, with the goal of getting closer to the day when he will stand on his own two feet by himself. This fills him with energy and keeps him going. Artem is very happy because he can walk, talk and his memory has improved considerably.
Safina (mother of Daniil) – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiple skull fractures:
They hit my son savagely and as a result, he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiple skull fractures. He was in a coma for 11 months.
Daniil started rehabilitation at the Institut Guttmann (Guttmann Institute) 2 months ago. He is progressing quickly, he can now say some words and he is working through the cognitive problems using a computer.
It was very nice to discover that the doctor who was treating us spoke our language, which is an enormous plus which helps you a lot in your dealings and in daily tasks. As well as that she is a true professional, always very attentive and very human. She knows what she’s doing.
A year and a half after receiving the trauma, Daniil has improved a lot, he is responding well, the truth is that his development is getting better and for that reason I think he can go further.
Our main objective is to improve his cognitive functions and the most important thing is that he will be able to start to talk.
To all the personnel at this marvellous hospital: I truly wish that you keep on doing the great job that you are doing, returning life, illusion and health to your patients.
I really appreciate all your efforts and I am sure that in the end, thanks to everyone, we will achieve our goal. Thank you!
I.Batysheva (mother of Maxim) – serious neck injury and implantation of diaphragmatic pacemaker:
In May 2011 there was an accident in the north of Buryatia. The car was going very fast, it was doing more than 100 km/h and it ran over two children. One of them died immediately. For over two and a half years we were searching for clinics which could implant the pacemaker because in Russia these kinds of operations don’t take place.
Doctor Joan Vidal (Head of the spinal injury unit at the Institut Guttmann): “The case of Maxim is probably one of the most serious neck injuries that could happen to a child after suffering an accident. He’s a child who because of his injury being so high up will depend on mechanical ventilation for the rest of his life. He can’t breathe for himself, and the possibility in this case of implanting a diaphragmatic pacemaker which will allow him to progressively break free from the dependence on the ventilator is probably one of the most interesting successes that we could give to this kind of patient.”
Now he has much more mobility, we can take the wheelchair and go for a walk. And this for us is the main thing.
As well as that, the truth is we are tired of the machine, the tubes and the cables.
Right now Maxim can breathe on his own for an hour, and each time he will be able to breathe for longer. He doesn’t always need a machine to breathe, and this will help him to have a more independent life.
I want to thank everyone for the treatment we have received and the doctors, for the excellent operation. We have many photos of happy moments. The personnel are so happy, and so united. Maxim loves them very much and they love him too. Thank you!
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GUTTMANN NEUROREHABILITATION HOSPITAL:
Camí de Can Ruti, s/n, 08916 (Badalona, Spain)
GUTTMANN BRAIN HEALTH INSTITUTE:
Carrer Garcilaso 57, 08027 (Barcelona, Spain)