OUR HISTORY

From the “Clinic of Popes” to a well respected international health care hospital facility

 

In 1947, Liboria- Mother Superior of the Congregation of the Divine Saviour- laid the cornerstone of the Salvator Mundi International Hospital. The stunning view of Rome from the Gianicolo Hill inspired her to build a hospital there.

A few years later, builders completed the clinic next to Villa Salvator, the General House of the congregation, in the Monteverde district. Although Mother Liboria died before seeing the work completed, Mother Olympia managed to finish the project in 1951.

In the following years, Salvator Mundi was visited by patients from many different countries, who were seeking treatment for both spiritual and physical health. The clinic kept attracting a growing number of people from all over the world, becoming the reknowned cross cultural healthcare centre we know today.

Salvator Mundi began to grow in importance with an impressive nationality mix, highly professional and specialised medical doctors, nurses and a fantastic location. These factors, along with an impressive list of repeat visitor authorities such as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope John Paul II, Saint John XXIII, as well as cardinals and bishops, contributed to turn the small clinic into a well respected hospital.

Salvator Mundi and la “Dolce Vita”

Not only did Salvator Mundi welcome spiritual and political personalities but also movie stars and celebrities such as: Liz Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Gina Lollobrigida, Sofia Loren, Federico Fellini, Tullio Kesich, Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni, Roberto Benigni etc.

Recent years and important changes

The last few years have seen major changes for the Salvator Mundi International Hospital, starting in 2012 when the congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior decided to hand over their operational share to the current management, Rome International Hospital Management Srl, which, through a strategic 3 year development plan, targeted investments and a more efficient organization structure change, set sail for renovation with the sole purpose of delivering great improvements and injecting new life into the hospital.

More recently, in September 2017, SMIH partnered with UPMC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre to provide their customers with the latest most advanced technology equipment and high quality services, ensuring to deliver the best possible care close to home.

This joint venture led the way to offering SMIH-UPMC patients the most advanced medical services and specialty areas such as: Oncology, Neurosurgery, Ophtalmology, Interventional Radiology and minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery, to mention a few, creating a model for private health care in Italy and the Mediterranean region, based on clinical excellence and state-of-the-art technologies and processes.

Karol Wojtyla praying in the Salvator Mundi chapel

Karol Wojtyla praying in the Salvator Mundi chapel

Mother Teresa of Calcutta during hospitalization in Salvator Mundi

Mother Teresa of Calcutta during hospitalization in Salvator Mundi

Karol Wojtyla visiting Salvator Mundi International Hospital

Karol Wojtyla visiting Salvator Mundi International Hospital