Dr. Georgi Stranski University Hospital

Dr. Georgi Stranski University Hospital
View from Georgi Kochev Blvd.
Geography
Location Pleven, Pleven Province, Bulgaria
Coordinates 43°24′58″N24°37′40″E / 43.41611°N 24.62778°E / 43.41611; 24.62778 Coordinates: 43°24′58″N24°37′40″E / 43.41611°N 24.62778°E / 43.41611; 24.62778
Organisation
Care system National Health Insurance Fund
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type General, teaching hospital
History
Founded 1865
Links
Website umbalpleven.com
Lists Hospitals in Bulgaria

Dr. Georgi Stranski University Hospital is a major hospital located in Pleven, Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest in the country, as well as the largest in northern Bulgaria. [1]

History

The hospital was established in 1865, before the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule, as a waqf treatment center under the personal orders of Midhat Pasa. [2] Its first location was on the grounds of the local imaret, and its staff at the time consisted only of a foreign military doctor and two servants. He died in 1869, and was replaced by Dr. Robert Geiser, a Swiss national who was in charge of the hospital until 1877. [2]

Georgi Stranski, the hospital's first manager

During the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878, numerous Russian surgeons were active in the area during the Siege of Plevna. Nikolay Pirogov was among them, and Bulgarian physician Georgi Stranski, a close friend of revolutionary Hristo Botev, was also present. Shortly after the war—in 1879—Stranski became the hospital's first manager, albeit only for a year. The hospital was enlarged and moved to its current location in 1896. [2]

Activities

Its departments provide care in gynecology, a full range of internal medicine treatment, surgery, orthopedics, urology, otorhinolaryngology, ophtalmology, neurology, pediatrics, dermatology, infectious diseases and psychiatry. [1] The hospital also provides all major diagnostic procedures, emergency care and rehabilitation. Its staff consists of 430 MDs, including students and seasoned specialists, and 860 assorted specialist staff. [1]

Robotics

The hospital is known for its robot-assisted surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical System. It is one of only three hospitals in Bulgaria operating the system, the first one to implement it in the country, [3] and the only one with two Da Vinci systems. [4] The robots are used for gynecological, urological and gastrointestinal surgery. Four surgical teams perform up to two robotic surgeries daily. [3]

There is also a social robot that helps patients communicate with doctors when the latter are not physically present using online conference calls. [5]

See also

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Main activities". Pleven University Hospital. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 "History". Pleven University Hospital. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. 1 2 "Medical University in Pleven Implements 2-nd Da Vinci Robot". Novinite. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. "Hospitals argue how Da Vinci robots should be used". Kapital Daily. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. "Da Vinci robot performs surgery on patients in Pleven". Vesti. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018.