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 through a strategic 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 October 2018, Salvator Mundi International Hospital joined the UPMC group (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.

The new ownership led the way to offering UPMC Salvator Mundi Iternational Hospital 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

The recent history and the present of UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital


UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital is a private hospital of excellence that has been operating in the heart of Rome since 1951.

The clinic, founded by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Divine Savior, has gone through various phases of change, aiming for innovation but maintaining the principles that inspired its activity. Since its origins it has represented a point of reference for all foreign communities and since 2018 it has strengthened its international character by joining the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) network, a global healthcare company based in Pittsburgh (USA), committed to create new models of patient-centered, reliable and efficient care.

UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital is active in the area as a general hospital in all specialties of medicine and surgery, from specialist diagnostics to post-traumatic and post-surgical rehabilitation. It provides a wide range of treatments, innovative treatments, advanced protocols, personalized clinical plans and research and development programs, also making use of the collaboration of specialists and researchers of the international UPMC group.

It operates always aiming at the quality of the services offered in all medical and surgical specialties and developing in-house centers with high specialization and technology in particular; oncology (cancer screening programs, cancer surgery, integrated oncology, chemotherapy); plastic and reconstructive surgery; regenerative medicine; orthopedics (sports medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy); pulmonology (thoracic surgery); pediatrics (pediatric surgery); ophthalmology (advanced refractive surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, rare ophthalmic diseases, regenerative medicine); urology (andrology and sexology, stones, prostatic diseases, incontinence); spine surgery.

At the heart of UPMC’s vision is the patient and their care. For this reason, a renovation project has been launched, now at an advanced stage, of the hospital:

  • structural, in order to make all spaces more welcoming and functional
  • technological, with the introduction of new machinery for diagnostics, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, to ensure the most advanced treatments
  • in services, to ensure efficiency and ability to intervene in almost all sectors of medicine and surgery and to develop new medical services, research and training programs.

All according to the high international quality and safety standards.


About UPMC

$21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

About UPMC in Italy

UPMC has operated in Italy since 1997, when it partnered with the Region of Sicily to manage ISMETT in Palermo, one of Europe’s leading transplant and high-specialty centers. This successful public-private model was expanded in 2006 to establish the Ri.MED Foundation, along with plans for a major biomedical research center and hospital in Carini. UPMC has expanded in Italy to include UPMC Hillman Cancer Center San Pietro FBF in Rome and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Villa Maria in the Campania region, both providing state-of-the-art cancer care in affiliation with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome.