Aim of the Association

Article three of the Association's by-laws states: "The aim of the Association, in interpreting a widespread popular need, is the recovery of the structures, including those still functioning, of the ancient Hospital of Saint John of God in Borgognissanti, in the spirit of its Founder and according to the traditional management of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. In order to reach this goal, the Association promotes research, demonstrations, seminars, debates, conferences, cultural and informational exchanges with the competent administrative offices, and co-operates with initiatives which are in agreement with the Association's aims."

The founder of the hospital was Simone Vespucci, great-uncle of Amerigo Vespucci.

The staff of the ancient hospital of San Giovanni di Dio have been relocated to the New Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio, in Torre Galli street, on the south-western outskirts of Florence.

Founded March 8, 1985, the Association has carried out the following initiatives:

-since 1986, it has maintained a very close relationship with the Hospitaller Order of San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli ("Do-good Brothers"). Together, they have catalogued and published the first of two volumes of the Hospital Archives dating from 1600 to the arrival of the USL (Local Health Board).

-since 1989, it has published "La Sporta", a quarterly periodical on the activities of the Association and the history of the Order of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence and Tuscany. The Association's symbol was created by the painter Antonio Ciccone.

Antonio Ciccone, charcoal sketch 1987

-since Christmas 1989, a group of volunteers connected to the Association and directed by member Lorenzo Recchia, has been working in the wards of the new hospital assisting the ill and especially the elderly.

- the Association have co-sponsored many activities with local Firefighters Brigade. A study of the history of the Order of Saint John of God reveals a strong relationship between the Saint and firemen.

- since transferring to the new hospital in via Torre Galli, the Association has closely followed the work on the E. Muntoni Medical Library. This led to an agreement with the local health board to establish a "Centre of Bibliographic and Documentary Computer Research. The centre, co-ordinated by Dr. Sergio Balatri, uses Dialog Online, Dialog Ondisc (Knight-Ridder Information) and DataStar databases in assisting physicians in their work. This research has been particularly devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of difficult and rare diseases.

Dr. Sergio Balatri, who works both in the Emergency Department and in the 1st Division of General Surgery, is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association. He is also involved in the study and clinical applications of two plants, Sedum telephium L. for the treatment of inflammatory processes and the Mimosa tenuiflora for the treatment of burns.

Antonio Berti, bronze 1988: Prof. Ennio Muntoni, Fotostudio 72

Dr. Sergio Balatri, who works both in the Emergency Department and in the 1st Division of General Surgery, is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association. He is also involved in the study and clinical applications of two plants, Sedum telephium L. for the treatment of inflammatory processes and the Mimosa tenuiflora for the treatment of burns.

- since 1993, the Association has been supporting the Gregorian Choir "Viri Galilaei".

Click here to listen to Viri Galilaei (.wav, 63Kb)..

- The Association helps to find centers specialised in diagnosis and theraphy of rare diseases.


Inaugurazione del Nuovo Ospedale di San Giovanni di Dio
a Torre Galli e mesi successivi



Messa San Giovanni di Dio -8 marzo 2017

Messa San Giovanni di Dio -8 marzo 2014 - parte 1 di 4


Messa San Giovanni di Dio -8 marzo 2014 - parte 2 di 4


Messa San Giovanni di Dio -8 marzo 2014 - parte 3 di 4


Messa San Giovanni di Dio -8 marzo 2014 - parte 4 di 4


___ Organization of the Association ___

President: Prof. Massimo Ruffilli

Secretary and Treasurer: Dr. Sergio Balatri


Address:

Borgo Ognissanti 42
50123 FIRENZE Italia
Phone/Fax: +39-55-218839

E-mail (sgd@dada.it)

We received visits.


(Last updated: 27 January 2007)
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