- Presented today in Ancona, the Angelini Foundation has provided the Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona with the Casale, which will be used to accommodate people undergoing treatment at the hospital’s Oncology Clinic
- Casale Angelini is Italy’s first Care House where cancer patients, through an admission protocol defined together with the hospital, will have free access to accommodation designed as a home
- The implementation of the project is defined by a memorandum of understanding signed by the Angelini Foundation, the University Hospital Corporation (AOU) Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, the Marche Region, the Municipality of Ancona and Marche Polytechnic University
Ancona, September 17, 2021 – Today in Ancona “Casale Angelini” was presented, a residential facility that the Angelini Foundation is making available to patients of the AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona and which will be the site of the first Care House in Italy. The facility is designed as a home, giving cancer patients free access through an admission protocol defined in agreement with the hospital’s Oncology Clinic. The first guests are expected to be housed in November.
Casale Angelini will provide a free reception service to accommodate Oncology Clinic patients who need to stay near the hospital for a few days/weeks due to the need to perform diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures. Its residential use and proximity to the hospital – about 700 meters as the crow flies – make the Casale an ideal place to accommodate patients who, for logistical, personal or family reasons, cannot return to their homes.
The Care House model will ensure continuity of care between the hospital and the patient, representing an innovative model in the panorama of care in Italy.
With this in mind, the Casale has been designed with the features of a home (lounges, kitchens, dining rooms, TV room, garden, etc.) and is intended to accommodate discharged patients accompanied by a family member, with space for up to a total of 18 people. It is estimated that Casale Angelini will be able to accommodate more than 200 people undergoing treatment per year, thus helping to relieve the burden on public and voluntary structures that are currently responsible for ensuring continuity of care.
The implementation of the project is governed by a memorandum of understanding signed by the Angelini Foundation, AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, the Marche Region, the Municipality of Ancona, and Marche Polytechnic University. The protocol defines the criteria by which the Oncology Clinic will identify the people to be housed and the length of stay; it also sets out the creation of a committee to monitor and evaluate progress. In accordance with the protocol, the management of the Casale has been entrusted to a third sector body, Artis, an association for research on nursing and support therapy, based in Falconara Marittima.
Representing the entities involved, the presentation event was attended by Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, Chief Executive Officer of Angelini Holding and Board Member of the Angelini Foundation, Michele Caporossi, General Manager of the AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Gian Luca Gregori, Chancellor of Marche Polytechnic University, Rossana Berardi, Professor of Oncology at Marche Polytechnic University and Director of the Oncology Clinic of AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Luca Caprio, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Angelini Immobiliare, Valeria Mancinelli, Mayor of Ancona, and Filippo Saltamartini, Councilor for Health of the Marche Region.
“Angelini was born in Ancona more than a hundred years ago and from here we look to the future of the Group and the communities in which we live and work, committed to creating a sustainable future for all. The Care House project that we are inaugurating today,” commented Thea Paola Angelini and Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, Vice President and Board Member of the Angelini Foundation respectively, “fully responds to this mission and is inspired by the values that have always inspired the Foundation set up by Francesco Angelini: care for people and taking care of the most vulnerable”.
Rossana Berardi, Professor of Oncology at Marche Polytechnic University and Head of the Oncology Clinic at AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona:
“In oncology care, we face daily challenges in meeting the needs of patients and their families, which manifest themselves in different ways during the course of the disease and therefore require continuous support on multiple levels. The active and comprehensive patient care, from the beginning to the end of its therapeutic path in the broadest sense, must embrace all the integrated care pathway and Casale Angelini fits into this context, allowing patients of the Oncology Clinic and CORM (the Oncology and Research Centre of the Marche Region), especially those living far away, effective access to the healthcare facility by staying in a ‘Care Room’ that is close and welcoming, free of charge for patients, and a source of efficiency and savings for the healthcare system. To achieve this, we looked far afield, to University College Hospital in London, where I received my professional training. We looked specifically at their ‘Cotton Rooms’ and customized this efficient model to our context”.
The Casale, originally a farmhouse, has undergone a complete renovation by the Angelini Foundation and is now a building of around 800 m2, with an outdoor area of around 5,000 m2 located in the countryside around Ancona. It was built according to sustainability and energy saving criteria and represents a concrete sign of Angelini’s care for and connection to the region. The value of the architectural intervention that made the Care House project possible is approximately €3 million.
Valeria Mancinelli, Mayor of Ancona: “As soon as we got to know the project, through the work of Councillor Emma Capogrossi, we shared the project aims with the main stakeholders involved. We’ve all shown that we’re capable of networking, of working together, of taking action as a region (institutions, associations, public and private sectors, individual citizens) to try to improve the lives of people experiencing moments of fragility. We have the privilege to have a city community ready to take charge and capable of caring for others. We’ve experienced this on many occasions and this outcome comes as the result of a great process of sharing”.
Michele Caporossi, General Manager of AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona: “Those who, like us, deal with the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases such as cancer know that taking care of patients increasingly requires studying and resolving the needs expressed by people, even before and after each visit to the hospital, with the greatest capacity for personalization. As a regional hospital, we’ve always had this problem: families are often unable to provide adequate care. We visited a “Hotel Hospital” at University College Hospital in London and decided to give it a go in Italy. Thanks to the Angelini Group, we’ve been able to achieve this”.
The Dean, Professor Gian Luca Gregori, thanking the Angelini Foundation for its sensitivity, emphasized: “The treatment of oncological diseases cannot be neglected; the Covid pandemic must not force us to retreat in the fight against cancer. The Casale Angelini project supports cancer patients, who can benefit from the closeness of their families, fulfilling a social, welfare, and medical role. The ‘Care House’ project strengthens the integration between the university and the hospital with positive effects on the care of patients and their families”.
Franca Pulita, President of the Artis Association: “In all these years of caring for patients at home, we’ve seen for ourselves how difficult it is to cope with such a demanding illness and how it is unfortunately accompanied by a host of management, family, and social problems. We are always hearing from patients that there’s a need for a place to lean on immediately after hospital discharge, when frequent access to care is still required. We believe that the beautiful structure built by the Angelini Foundation will be a huge help to the patients who use it and that, thanks also to our intervention, we can alleviate their difficulties at such a crucial moment in life”.
The Angelini Foundation takes its inspiration from various fundamental and ecumenical values: attention to people, support for the vulnerable, education, respect for everything that surrounds us and for the environment in which we live. Timeless and at the same time extraordinary modern values inspire our look towards the future.
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