Government ministers and hospital administrators pose for group photo (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Government ministers and hospital administrators pose for group photo (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Srebrnjak Hospital will become a Pediatric Competence Center for Translational Medicine, a rapidly growing discipline in biomedical research and aims to expedite the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments. It will be the only such pediatric center of its kind in Europe and the largest science and health care infrastructure project in the region.

The agreement for the investment was signed on Friday by Education and Science Minister Blaženka Divjak and the chief administrator of Srebrnjak Hospital, Boro Nogalo, as well as the head of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting EU Projects Tomislav Petrić.

“This agreement will benefit, first and foremost, children, pediatric medicine, Croatian science, but the biggest focus will be the children,” Dr. Nogalo told reporters.

Translational medicine will open to door to the development of personalized medical care and facilitate early diagnostics, better treatments, and improved healthcare, according to hospital officials. The new center should be completed in 32 months and covers the construction of a new building and the acquisition of new medical equipment. It is expected to cost 432 million kuna, with the state covering 15% and EU funding the rest.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said it was one of the key strategic projects the government had planned to carry out with funding from the EU.

“It’s been in the works for a long time and represents a significant investment in the Croatian health care system,” Plenković said.