An ambitious process of changes began in the 1990s under the Presidency of Joan Echevarría Puig (1991-2009), thanks to the commitment and efforts of a large group of young professionals led by Dr. Josep M. Ramírez Ribas, the foundation’s managing director since 1990, bringing about the levels of excellence and international recognition that the organisation enjoys today.
So in 2002, thanks to the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the ONCE Foundation, the Institut Guttmann took a great step forward by opening the new hospital located in the city of Badalona, next to Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital. On a site of over 18,000 m² with modern facilities and a great team of professionals, it has become the centre of excellence that it is today.
Previously, the University Institute of Neurorehabilitation was established in 1999. Affiliated with the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, it carries out prolific research and teaching work. These were very intense years with two major milestones: the institute was accredited by the Joint Commission International and in 2013 it was named as a National Reference Centre (CSUR) for the treatment of complex spinal cord injury in Spain.
Already looking to the future, the new Guttmann Barcelona centre was inaugurated in 2019 on the grounds of the old hospital in the La Sagrera neighbourhood. This is a space which is home to the Brain Health and Neurorehabilitation Institute from where the organisation can now treat new neurological pathologies, and to the adapted serviced apartments Guttmann Barcelona Life which promote independent living for people with disabilities.
In order to respond to the new changes demanded by society and the organisation itself, the Fundació Institut Guttmann sets itself new challenges for the future with a perspective that goes beyond neurorehabilitation, expanding towards the concept of brain health that is more closely linked to promoting a healthy life that helps prevent different neurological and neuropsychiatric pathologies and make people more resilient in their capacity for adaptation and neurological recovery in the event that these develop.
We look towards the future with a commitment to continuing to be an organisation of excellence, committed to people with disabilities and to health in general, a driving force behind research and innovation in this field of neuroscience, and favouring social innovation to achieve a fairer, more inclusive and more fraternal society.