The first cornea transplant is carried out. (1982)
The Home Hospitalization Service is started. (1983)
The "INSALUD" (National Health Institute) sets up the Humanization Plan in hospitals and regulates the patients' Rights and Obligations. This plan leads to the creation of the Department of Patient Services. (1984)
In July, 1985, the first test-tube baby is born in the national public health. It weighs 2.6 kilos.
On January 1st, 1988, the competition in health matters begins. "Osakidetza" substitutes the "INSALUD".
For the first time in Europe , a heart valve self-transplant operation is carried out. (1991)
New services are included in the Home Hospitalization Service to strengthen the alternatives to traditional hospitalization: the Surgical Day Hospital , the Short Stay Unit and the Medical Day Hospital. (1992)
New Medical-Surgical, Orthopedic and Pediatric Emergency Departments are opened at the front of the hospital, below the main entrance. (1993)
In 1993, the Carlos III Health Institute officially recognises the Research Unit as "Clinical-Experimental".
In December, 1995, the Haematology-Haemotherapy department carries out the first haematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation.
On February 2nd of 1996, the first liver transplant in the centre is carried out.
2009: The Hospital becomes a centre of reference for the treatment of complex ocular diseases. In addition, the first specific unit for diabetic foot in Spain is created, and the Colorectal and Paediatric Ostomates Centre, a pioneer in Spain, is launched.
The new Gender Identity Disorder Unit performs the Basque public healthcare system's first gender reassignment surgery and the Ictus Unit opens its doors.
The first laparoscopy techniques for gall bladder removal via the navel take place, along with the percutaneous implant of the aortic valve, and the first intracranial radiosurgery procedure.
The centre obtains IASIST TOP 20 accreditation as the best hospital for women's health that acknowledges on a national level the Hospital´s healthcare quality and good operation. In addition, the hospital receives the award granted by the Sociedad Española de Fertilidad (Spanish Fertility Society) in assisted reproduction, as well as the 2009 Lilly-UCM Foundation's Medical Educational Chair award for the best work in Post-Graduate Teaching and/or Specialist Education.
2010: The hospital purchases the Basque Public Healthcare System's first PET.
Endoscopic Transanal Surgery for treating colon cancer is put into place, along with the multidisciplinary approach for surgically treating patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Patient safety, a top objective in the healthcare field, is strengthened with the electronic prescription programme.
The Hospital and the EHU/UPV inaugurate the "José María Rivera" Virtual Hospital, equipment that makes it possible for resident medical interns to learn skills outside of situations that pose a risk for patients as well as professionals. In addition, the creation of the Virtual and Experimental Surgery Training Commission assumes surgical training using modern equipment and considers the experimental area as a resource to be developed for identifying and preventing medical errors.
2011: A number of expansion projects are inaugurated. First is the inauguration of the new A-wing building, the Hospital's first major building expansion in 30 years, consisting of six floors that equip the Hospital with 70 new beds and involving the renovation of 30 additional beds.
The Emergency Room renovation is completed. This expansion adds 1,300 m2 and renovates 1,550 m2. The new area provides services to more than 212,000 patients each year, with a daily average of 575 emergencies, of which 80% are outpatient.
The heliport for addressing patient transfer needs begins to operate. The heliport platform is directly connected via a ramp and an emergency lift to the Intensive Care Unit, Major Burns, the Coronary Unit, Anaesthesia-Resuscitation and the Emergency Room.
The BioCruces Institute begins to take shape thanks to €10.5 million in funding from the Carlos III Health Institute for the construction of its future building.
The global electronic history roll-out is completed. The implementation of this management system (known as Osabide Global) in patient care provides professionals in all healthcare levels with access to 100% of a patient's clinical information, 24 hours a day, from anywhere within the Osakidetza system.
The Hospital's name is changed to Cruces University Hospital as a result of an agreement between the UPV/EHU and Osakidetza for the use of healthcare institutions in university education and research.
The Hospital, at that time called "Residencia Sanitaria Enrique Sotomayor", opened its doors at the beginning of July, 1955 with an Economic Plan of 12 million pesetas.
Of the 625 beds planned, which were not available at that point, it had 350 at the patients' disposal.
It had the specialities of General Surgery, O.R.L., Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Urology, Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics.
1955. 20 July: The centre's healthcare activities begin with a patient diagnosed with appendicitis.
An intense demographic growth due to migrations during the 1960s surrounds the healthcare centre with homes, causing it to lose
its initial image of a sunny and breezy location immersed in nature.
The Nursing School, with a capacity of up to 200 full-boarding pupils, is created.
The construction of the Children's Hospital and the Maternity Clinic finishes.
The health residence changes it status to Hospital Complex, thanks to the opening of the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Clinic, which completes the services. It has up to 1,500 beds.
Construction of the 3rd extension phase begins:
The first haemodialysis was performed on May 5, 1971.
The Major Burns Unit is created. (1972)
In 1972, the Resident Medical Intern programme is launched in order to train specialists.
The first heart operation with extra-corporal intervention is carried out. (1974)
On July 6th, 1979, the first kidney transplant is carried out.
The complete renewal of the Maternity Area begins to become a reality with the opening of 38 beds located in rooms with a bathroom and equipped to help communication between the mother and her baby.
The Emergency service is equipped with a new Scanner, and the second Linear Accelerator and the second Magnetic Resonance are installed. For cardiac patients, a new Haemodynamics room is fitted out meant for diagnostics and treatment.
The accreditation of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) is obtained for a period of four years.
In 2002, the new Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Departments were opened, as well as the new Delivery Area. In 2003, the new 6 B Surgical Block and the new 3 B Infirmary Unit with 52 beds for Orthopaedics were opened.
Research again plays a significant role with the discovery of two new mutations in genes that determine Parkinson’s disease.
In 2004, the Epilepsy Unit, with the support of Neurosurgery and other services, successfully carries out the first case of extra-temporal epilepsy surgery practised in the Basque Country.
The year 2005 is a special year for the Hospital, for it has been serving the citizens for 50 years. Also, in the clinical area, the new Neonatal Unit and the new Day Hospital were opened.
At an international level, the Neonatal Unit and the Epidemiology Unit lead the EuroNeoStat project and the Research Unit’s Molecular Genetics Laboratory takes part in a project for preventing Diabetes type I in newly born children, in coordination with the TRIGR project at a national level.
At the beginning of the year, the Liver Surgery and Transplant Unit announces the implantation of the Laparoscopic Liver Resection that they have been doing since the end of last year.
The type I Boston Keratoprosthesis is carried out on corneal opacity where a cornea transplant is not possible: this manages to give the patients back their sight. It is the first operation carried out in a state public hospital.
In 2008, the Hospital is involved in several research projects. On the one hand, the Neonatal Unit leads and coordinates the new Cooperative Research Thematic Network (RETIC) on Mother and Child Health Development. The Molecular Genetics Laboratory is acknowledged as an Expert Molecular Diagnostics Centre in the field of hereditary mental retardedness linked to the X chromosome and hereditary breast cancer. Also, the Hospital becomes one of the 40 centres from all over the country which will form part of the new CAIBER (Network of Consortia for Supporting Biomedical Research), created by the Institute of Health Carlos III.
Obtaining the silver Q for management quality, an award which recognizes the Cruces University Hospital’s effort to improve its management and to reach a level of excellence in the quality of the service, put an end to the year.