Dr Anna Savcheva, co-owner and manager, on the history and innovation of Bulgaria's first private healthcare facility
Opening a private medical facility in Bulgaria in the early 1990s was a serious challenge. Vita Hospital scored more than a success. Since its foundation in 1992, the hospital has been a standard of professionalism, care for the patients, and the best possible combination of innovation and tradition. Today Vita has two facilities: an outpatient unit and a hospital. Dr Anna Savcheva, co-owner and manager, shares more.
How did Vita Hospital become a main partner to foreign embassies in Sofia?
The American Embassy contacted us soon after Vita was created and commissioned us for the examinations of Bulgarians leaving for the US. Today we perform the service to the embassies of Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well. We also do the prophylactic check-ups of many embassies' staff. Many expats also choose Vita for diagnosis and treatment, because during our years of cooperation we have proven our reliability and high professionalism.
In what fields do you specialise?
Our outpatient unit has specialists in almost all medical fields. Our hospital focuses on OB and gynaecology. Our maternity ward has 40 beds and individual delivery rooms, and many foreigners choose to give birth there. We are also active in orthopedics and traumatology, surgery, gynaecological surgery, plastic surgery, urology.
Vita also offers an innovative treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Our goal is to be innovative, with focus on minimally invasive treatment methods that allow faster recovery. Bariatric and metabolic surgery is an approach in which an operation reduces the stomach's volume. The result is a significant weight loss and a proven treatment of type 2 diabetes.
You recently opened a centre for dysplasia treatment?
Dysplasia is a precancerous condition of the cervix. Our centre is managed by Dr Iliya Karagyozov, one of the best gynaecological oncologists in Bulgaria. Our aim is to provide timely prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment that will prevent patients from developing malignant tumours.
Why did you decide to open a hospice as well?
In Bulgaria, like in the West, a growing number of elderly people cannot take care of themselves and their families are not able to provide proper maintenance. Vita's hospice is for both people who need constant care and patients who were treated at a hospital and need additional medical help and rehabilitation in order to recover. The hospice's team includes a physician, nurses, attendants, rehabilitators and psychologists. Patients' families quickly see that at Vita their relatives are in secure, caring hands.
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