Rome (NEV), January 12, 2109 – Cordelia Vitiello is the new president of the Bethany evangelical foundation and of the Bethany evangelical hospital of Naples, starting from January 1st. Vitiello, already vice president in the last three years, succeeds Luciano Cirica.
“My first commitment will be to strengthen the project of the Solidarity Hospital so as to concretely realize the goal that came from the hospital 50th anniversary: that of being always welcoming and ‘with open arms’ towards everyone. Our story comes from the solidarity health experience of the evangelical doctor Teofilo Santi, an experience we must always have before our eyes and which must be our polar star”, said the newly elected president.
Graduated in pedagogy, 53 years old, Cordelia Vitiello has been working for many years in the social-health world in projects of assistance and support for marginalized and distressed women. She is vice president of the Lutheran Church in Italy (CELI) and a member of the Executive Council of the World Federation of Lutheran Churches (FLM). With her election both the Italian evangelical hospitals, that of Naples and that of Genoa, are led by women.
“My mandate will be in continuity with the work done by Luciano Cirica, trying to give an acceleration on some priority points such as the reshaping of the health offer, also in relation to the new presence of the nearby ‘Hospital del Mare’; the humanization in care, which a few days ago allowed one of our medical doctors to win the prize in memory of Umberto Veronesi, and of course the expansion of the Betania Hospital”, continued Vitiello.
The Bethany evangelical hospital, built in the Ponticelli neighbourhood in the sixties, inaugurated in 1968, and since 1993 classified as a public hospital, every year offers over 50 thousand emergency services, hospitalizes and treats over 15 thousand patients and gives delivery assistance to 2200 children. It is a third-level birth centre that has become a reference point, not only in the region, for neonatal care with a Neonatal Intensive Care Department, at the forefront in the care of premature infants.