Italy-Romania: completed training of 25 doctors and nurses as part of a Pirelli-sponsored project

During a visit to Milan's Niguarda Hospital by a Romanian delegation from the OLT region, results of first year of collaboration  presented
Niguarda doctors and nurses provided approximately 300 hours of professional training on emergency procedures to Romanian colleagues

Milan, 10 December 2008 - The Niguarda Ca' Granda hospital of Milan, the Slatina (Romania) hospital, and the Pirelli Group presented today in Milan the first results of collaboration between the Italian hospital and that of the OLT region, with the goal of training and professional development of Romanian medical and nursing personnel.
The Vice Secretary of State for Health of Romania, Raed Arafat, representatives of the two hospitals, of Lombard institutional authorities, and of Pirelli, participated in a meeting at the Niguarda hospital.

In its first year of activity, the collaboration has involved about 25 doctors and nurse from the Slatina hospital, for a total of 300 hours of training. Training took place mainly in the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Surgery, Intensive Care, Reanimation and Emergency Gynecology wards at Niguarda. Some managers at the Milan hospital, in addition, held professional development courses at the Slatina hospital on the use of new technologies and procedures for emergency care.

The initiative was promoted by the Pirelli Group, which in addition to financing training activities has also donated to the Romanian hospital modern medical equipment for diagnostics and emrgency treatment, including sonogram and electrocardiogram equipment.

The agreement is part of a package of social and sustainable development initiatives by Pirelli for the community of Slatina, where the Group manufactures high performance tyres for Central and Eastern European markets.

The collaboration will involve a total of about 70 doctors and nurses at the Slatina hospital over a three-year period, with participation in theoretical and practical courses in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Surgery, Intensive Care, Reanimation and Hospital Epidemiology

"Pirelli considers of particular importance the integration of the areas in which we operate, and thus we decided to support an initiative that puts health at the center, through improvement of the local hospital,'' said Enrico Malerba, ceo of Pirelli Tyre Romania. "We are very happy with the results so far both in terms of quality of training and in terms of the good professional and personal relationships that have been created this year between Italian and Romanian doctors and nurses. The professional standing of the Niguarda personnel allows us to make a useful contribution to the Slatina hospital and the entire local community, which Pirelli feels itself an integral part of."

"Our hospital has been involved for many years as indicated by the Lombard Region, in various projects all over the world and we are pleased make the professional skills of our staff available for this important project promoted by Pirelli in Romania", said Pasquale Cannatelli, general manager of the Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital.

"The collaboration this year with the  Niguarda hospital, which will continue into the future, has been an extremely positive experience for the medical staff of the Slatina hospital,'' said Ion Bratoi, medical director of the Regional Emergency Hospital of Slatina. "The great professional skills of the Italian doctors is an example for our Romanian medical staff, who especially appreciated the organizational structure of the emergency activities of the Milan hospital. We want to thank Pirelli for the support and for the medical equipment donated to the Slatina hospital, which will guarantee to citizens a high level of medical assistance".