Evgeny Tugolukov
00:00 — 06.09.2021 / Media coverage

Sergei Sobyanin spoke about the creation of an International Medical Cluster in Skolkovo

An agreement was signed with one of the future residents of the cluster - the French orthopedic clinic St. Charles.

New health care facilities will be opened in the Skolkovo International Medical Cluster (IMC). Sergei Sobyanin visited the therapeutic building of the Israeli clinic Hadassah and the Healing Gardens park, and also took part in the signing of an Agreement with the IMC future resident — the French clinic St. Charles.

“The Moscow International Medical Cluster continues to develop actively, despite all the existing problems. Today the first functional medical center Hadassah is being commissioned. Prior to that, the first diagnostic center was built, a fully equipped oncological hospital. A main building is under construction nearby, a large multifunctional hospital complex, which will be commissioned next year. The construction of medical cluster scientific facility — biotechnological laboratory started. We are also starting to examine a project related to a health care technology park, in cooperation with the Skolkovo innovation center. A number of other medical facilities are designed. So today we can say without any doubt that the medical cluster is realized. It will benefit to all Russian medicine,” said the Moscow Mayor.

He expressed hope that the signing of the Agreement on the opening of the representative office of the orthopedic clinic St. Charles will mark the beginning of another new interesting direction of cooperation.

“St. Charles is one of the leading clinics in France. We effectively deal with patient rehabilitation and orthopedics. And we are working on this project for five years now. We are cooperating with the cluster and are pleased that the project is coming to end,” said Henri Kusch, President of the St. Charles Clinic.

International Medical Cluster

The federal law on the creation of an International Medical Cluster was adopted in June 2015. In accordance with it, foreign clinics - residents of IMC became entitled to provide medical care according to the standards adopted in the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — without obtaining Russian licenses. Foreign doctors can work in clinics, and foreign technologies, equipment and medicines can also be used.

The creation of an international medical cluster will allow: using of the best medical and educational practices in the country, Russian doctors and nurses training, amplification of the new medical technologies and drugs R&D.

To create the cluster, 58 hectares were allocated on the territory of the Skolkovo innovation center. It is planned to open 10-15 representative offices of OECD countries health care institutions, which will provide care for up to 300 thousand patients annually. Today the Israeli clinic Hadassah operates at IMC.

“Today the Hadassah therapeutic building was commissioned, before was built a diagnostic building, so a primary network of departments with a full cycle of health care already was formed here. The construction of main building, multifunctional medical center, is in full swing; it will house a number of leading foreign clinics that will provide health care in various areas,” added Sergei Sobyanin.

Within the framework of the concluded agreements, the following IMC buildings are being designed and constructed:

  • Wide-profile rehabilitation center;

  • University Hospital of Strasbourg;

  • Multifunctional medical center;

  • Biotechnological laboratory;

  • Center for Nuclear Medicine;

  • Supporting infrastructure, including landscaping and construction of an apart-hotel.

The educational direction of the cluster is actively developing. Since the beginning of 2020, IMC conducts the programs for doctors and nurses and organizes conferences on topical medical subjects with the participation of foreign experts.

The simulation (training) center operates where medical personnel can refine their skills in intensive care, surgery, endoscopy, urology, gynecology, angiosurgery and other areas. There are regular classes for non-medical first aid specialists. In 2020, more than 40 training events were held, in which over 10 thousand doctors from Moscow and other regions of the country took part.

Advanced technologies and telemedicine

The Hadassah Medical Diagnostic Center was opened in September 2018 and became the first IMC clinic.

The Center provides health care service in 19 areas. Among them are allergology-immunology, gastroenterology, gynecology, dermatology, cardiology, oncology, otorhinolaryngology, endocrinology, check-up programs.

About 210 patients visit the clinic every day. From September 2018 to August 2021, 37 thousand patients were admitted here.

“Today we visited really very beautiful premises, clinics and hospitals. The third building will appear soon. And all this together really gives Moscow residents the opportunity to receive the best medical services,” said Alexander Ben Zvi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Russian Federation.

The Hadassah diagnostic building in Moscow employs 297 people, including 141 doctors, as well as 103 representatives of administrative and management personnel. The clinic employs 47 Israeli specialists. Russian doctors actively interact with their Israeli colleagues and participate in professional retraining programs.

Horizontal links “Hadassah clinic doctor in Moscow — Hadassah clinic doctor in Israel” were built and are working on a regular weekly basis. Each specialist has his own partner in the lead clinic. As a result, Russian doctors have the opportunity to discuss complex medical histories and embrace new treatment modalities, and patients get a remote consultation and a “second opinion” in the telemedicine format, which is especially important in a difficult epidemiological situation.

The clinic includes the Hadassah Oncology Institute, which organizes consultations with Israeli doctors and uses the most modern drugs and treatment protocols.

Hadassah implements advanced treatment modalities in Russia:

  • Tyto care — an advanced remote examination device;

  • FotoFinder — automated digital dermoscopy for early detection of skin neoplasms;

  • Arthex ACP — an innovative method of the musculoskeletal system diseases treatment;

  • Capsule endoscopy.

Educational projects such as the Hadassah School of Nursing and the RTT (Linear Accelerator Operator Training) school are under way.

Favorable environment for recovery

In the summer of 2021, the construction of the second Hadassah therapeutic building with an area of 25 thousand square meters was completed. The seven-story building is a fully equipped hospital with departments of surgery, oncology, radiation therapy and diagnostics, radionuclide diagnostics, including the use of new generation radiopharmaceuticals.

The capacity of the building is 50 thousand procedures per year in the oncology department. The surgical department is designed for 10 thousand procedures per year, the department of radionuclide diagnostics — for 19.2 thousand procedures, radiation therapy — for 36 thousand procedures.

At the same time, relatively few inpatient beds will be deployed in the building — only 63, which corresponds to modern treatment standards, when most of the procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

The design and construction of the therapeutic building was based on the JCI (Joint Commission International) principles — the highest world standards for health care quality management:

  • Patient orientation — single patient rooms, the principle of "the doctor goes to the patient";

  • Barrier-free environment — free access to all areas of low-mobility patients and employees;

  • Security — the latest security systems, including anti-terror, compliance with Sanitary Rules and Regulations;

  • Adaptability — universal patient rooms, the ability to use dressing rooms for medical procedures and vice versa;

  • "Health care without harm" — the use of environmentally friendly high quality low-emission materials.

The operator plans to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the field of environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of silver level minimum. Thus, the therapeutic building of the international medical cluster will become the first Moscow clinic to receive this recognized international environmental certificate.

Great attention is paid to creating a "healing environment" in the clinic, a high level of comfort and privacy, which is also one of the main trends in modern medical building construction.

Architectural and space-planning solutions minimize unnecessary travels of staff and patients. The design is made in soothing colors, which helps to reduce patient irritability, stress and creates a favorable mood for recovery. Clear navigation, abundant natural light, environmentally friendly materials will also contribute to creating an atmosphere of tranquility and comfort.

Patient rooms will be comfortable and secure. With one smart device, they can control climate, bio-efficient lighting and fireproof curtains, call a nurse, and choose food.

In the patient rooms will be installed the beds with adjustable height and configuration, hidden medical console with life support rail, handrails, panic buttons, and shower trolleys for hygiene procedures. A comfortable bathroom will be installed in each room.

The therapy building will be equipped with the latest medical equipment, including Tigna Artist MRI for high-precision planning of radiation therapy, Varian Trubeam STX system for treating the smallest tumors without damaging healthy tissues, and IGS 740 angiograph for hybrid operations. The availability of own genetic laboratory will allow to quickly select individual treatment regimens.

In the therapeutic building, a situation center was created to manage the entire infrastructure of the cluster, where in real time the information is received on the technological performance of five thousand pieces of equipment from more than 30 thousand sensors. With the help of digital modeling, the service life of buildings is extended by 15–20 years, the level of safety and comfort for patients, employees and visitors of clinics is increased, and the costs of their operation and maintenance are optimized.

Currently, the heavy and other equipment is installed in clinic.

Staffing is underway, including Hadassah specialists from Israel. Physicians undergo additional training and professional development.

The therapeutic building is expected to receive its first patients in October 2021.

Center for Chronic Diseases

The next stage in the development of the Hadassah clinic in Moscow will be the construction of multifunctional center for chronic diseases with 126 beds, including 110 beds for a 24-hour hospital and 16 beds for a day hospital.

The center will carry out rehabilitation, adaptation and socialization of citizens with chronic diseases. There are departments for inpatient general rehabilitation, complex nursing care, department for disabled elderly people with chronic diseases, children's department for patients with orphan diseases and multiple chronic pathologies.

The complex will create all the conditions for a comfortable life, regardless of the age, condition and mental status of the patients. The space of the center will be organized in such a way as to make the environment as adapted, comfortable and functional as possible, and not only for people in need of medical care, but also for their families and caring staff.

The project is being developed taking into account the best world practices for caring of an elderly and people with severe incurable diseases with the direct participation of highly qualified specialists from Russia and Israel.

The construction period for the Chronic Diseases Center is 2021–2023.

St. Charles Clinic

Founded in 1909 in Lyon, the High-Tech Medicine Clinic St. Charles is one of the leading clinics in France for foot and ankle surgery.

Specialists of St. Charles use the unique fast-track technology, the essence of which is the fastest possible rehabilitation of the patient after surgery through the selection of certain methods of anesthesia and the use of minimally invasive methods of surgical treatment.

Every year, the clinic's specialists carry out more than 8.5 thousand operations and over 50 thousand consultations. In 2014, St. Charles performed the world's first full ankle replacement surgery using outpatient surgery. The patient was discharged home on the day of surgery, while the standard treatment protocol was to stay in the clinic for five days.

St. Charles plans to open an orthopedic clinic at the Skolkovo IMC. It will carry out arthroscopic operations, endoprosthetics, revision endoprosthetics, reconstructive interventions, surgical corrections using minimally invasive technologies. The planned capacity is up to 1,500 interventions and 3,000 outpatient appointments per year.

Including in IMC of one of the leading French traumatology and orthopedics clinics will give Russian patients and doctors the opportunity to use innovative methods and technologies of the musculoskeletal system diseases treatment with the fastest possible rehabilitation after surgery.

It is planned that the St. Charles clinic will become one of the residents of the multifunctional medical center under construction — a building with an area of 49.6 thousand square meters, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2022.

It is planned that In addition to St. Charles, the multifunctional center will house the Center Leon Berard (France) oncology center, Clinica Roman Fernandez (Spain) oncology clinic, San Joan de Deu pediatric clinic (Spain) and other clinics.

Healing Gardens

All medical institutions of Skolkovo IMC will be united by a large open park area called “healing gardens”, which has a beneficial effect on health.

The author of the concept of "Healing Gardens" is the famous Dutch architect of Japanese origin Hiroki Matsuura. The landscaping concept developers are the Russian landscape design studio Arteza and the Dutch bureau Madma urbanism + landscape.

According to concept, the multisensory park (park of five senses) will be divided into several landscape zones that affect different human senses: touch, hearing, sight, and others.

The first phase of the creation of "Healing Gardens" covers an area of approximately five hectares and consists of several sites.

Oval Square is a large granite-covered space for active, musical and educational events. The smart pillars are installed here, including a video surveillance system, Wi-Fi, lighting and a public-address system, small architectural forms are placed. For a comfortable stay of people and to reduce the effect of the heat island, trees and shrubs were planted, shaded recreation areas were formed.

"Forest with a stream" is a park where you can walk both during the day and in the evening. The park is designed as close as possible to the natural forest with a minimum of coverings and lighting.

A stream bed was built at the site, a bioplateau was planted for water purification. A bridge footpath network was installed, quiet landscape lighting and street lighting were made. Trees and shrubs were planted, smart pillars were installed.

Oval Square and Forest with a stream will open to the public in September 2021.

The Small Garden is a link between nature and architecture. This is both a recreational area in front of a medical facility, separated from traffic by abundant green spaces, and a starting point for the therapeutic routes of terrencourt.

The garden will connect the areas of the future Strasbourg university hospital and the rehabilitation center. Its creation will be completed in 2023 — after the construction of these two medical institutions.

At the second stage of landscaping a "Meditation forest with tactile paths", workout zone and playground will be created in the park. It is planned to finish the landscaping in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The new Healing Gardens park will be open not only to patients, but also to all local residents and Skolkovo employees.