Milan March 31, 2020 – The Fiera Milano Hospital for Covid-19 patients, constructed in Portello Pavilions 1 and 2 at fieramilanocity, was launched this morning. In attendance were Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region; Enrico Pazzali, Chairman of Fondazione Fiera Milano; Gerardo Solaro del Borgo, representing Guido Bertolaso (Lombardy coronavirus consultant ), and Ezio Belleri, Managing Director of the Policlinico Hospital of Milan.
The hospital was built in ten days. To date, the first four modules (each one made up of two hospitalization units and one ancillary services unit) have been built. These are real hospital rooms, with a total of 53 beds, constructed in Pavilion 2 by Aria SpA.
Another 7 modules are already under construction in Pavilion 1, and will add 104 beds.
“My first thought, said Fondazione Fiera Milano Chairman, Enrico Pazzali, goes to the hundreds of workers who managed, in just 10 days, to build the facility donated to the Policlinico. The Lombardy Region was the driving force behind this project to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak. Supported by Fondazione from the very beginning, it embodies the values that define the Lombardy community: solidarity, practicality and an entrepreneurial spirit. At the same time, it is also fitting to thank all those, businesses and private citizens, who made financial contributions in support of the project. Many thanks to ILSPA and Aria, that worked closely with Fondazione Fiera to bring the project to fruition.”
“I’d like to thank Guido Bertolaso, added Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region, who wholeheartedly offered all of his expertise and also agreed to take some risks – because he did not hesitate when we asked him to participate. I join the others in extending our gratitude to the benefactors who made it possible for us to build this hospital in the Fondazione Fiera Milano facilities, at fieramilanocity. This speaks to the character makeup of the people of Milan and Lombardy – industrious, productive, courageous, creative, proactive and generous, who don’t hesitate in the face of adversity. Herein lies an example of the history of this region.”
“Mr. Fontana brought me on board, writes Guido Bertolaso in his message read by CISOM President Gerardo Solaro del Borgo, and I immediately accepted the invitation for my team to support the project’s planning and organization. I coordinated with the regional authorities and with Fondazione Fiera and, at all levels, found the kind of extraordinary expertise and energy that made it possible to build such a significant high-level intensive care complex in response to the coronavirus pandemic in Italy in record time. Mr. Fontana’s decision has become an example of what can be done, not only in other regions but also internationally. Thanks to the Lombardy Region, to Fondazione Fiera and to my team, we have created something we can be proud of.”
“We at the Policlinico of Milan are honored to have been selected by the Lombardy Region to coordinate this unprecedented and unrivaled project, said Managing Director of the Policlinico Hospital Ezio Belleri. We enthusiastically took up the challenge. We will share our experience in research, support and care with everyone, along with everything we have built in these weeks of extraordinarily hard reorganization work. Right now, intensive care is the only tool available in the more severe Covid-19 cases. Respirators give patients the time they need for their own immune systems to defeat the virus. Basically, it gives their lungs a chance to 'rest' and restores hope for many people who otherwise might not make it. And this is priceless.”
Attached are the technical and organizational specs for the Hospital Project