The Andalusian Health Service (SAS) is an autonomous public entity responsible for health care provision in Andalusia since 1986. As part of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Andalusia, its main purpose is to provide high-quality public health care to the citizens of the region, ensuring its accessibility and the satisfaction of its users, and seeking efficiency and optimum use of resources. Healthcare services are provided by SAS through a network of integrated healthcare facilities organized to ensure the accessibility of the population: 1,518 primary care centres, 47 hospitals, 14 Health Management areas and 93,366 employees distributed throughout Andalusia.
In this project will be involved the Reina Sofia University Hospital (RSUH). RSUH is a centre for specialized medical care, teaching and research in health sciences, located in the city of Cordoba. Its service portfolio covers all specialized clinical areas. RSUH will perform part of the tasks through its Research Institute IMIBIC (Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Cordoba), jointly owned by RSUH and the University of Cordoba (UCO). IMIBIC is accredited within the framework of health centres of excellence recognised by the National Institute of Health Carlos III. The group participating in this project is the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit, which is reference centre at regional and national level for several conditions including adult and infant heart transplant, and use of bio artificial organs.