Ferrovial, through subsidiary Smart Hospital Cantabria (SHC), which delivers services at Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander (Spain), and SerranoPark, a Madrid car park part-owned by Cintra, have allocated a total of 830 parking spaces free of charge for use by healthcare personnel during the state of alarm declared as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
SerranoPark has adopted the protocol signed by Madrid City Government and the Madrid Regional Government and has allocated 350 of its 947 parking spaces on a pro bono basis for use by healthcare personnel from public or private hospitals who need them during the state of alarm.
SHC reached an agreement with the Valdecilla hospital management and Eysa to offer hospital workers 480 parking spaces free of charge in the Valdecilla Sur car park. This will provide an easier commute for the people in the front line fighting the pandemic and give the greatest possible protection to those who take care of citizens’ health.
Free TV for patients hospitalized with coronavirus
Additionally, since persons hospitalized with coronavirus are not allowed to receive visits or leave their rooms, SHC is waiving the charge for TV use in their rooms so that they can be informed and entertained while in hospital.
SHC will continue to work with Valdecilla to consider any other initiatives that may alleviate problems arising in the hospital complex as a result of the pandemic.
The company has placed an order for respirators that will be donated to hospitals; the first units are expected in the coming weeks.
Other initiatives implemented in recent weeks include assigning 32 Ferrovial engineers to work on development of the coronamadrid.com app alongside such companies as Telefónica, Goggo Network and Google, under the leadership of Carto, ForceManager and Mendesaltaren.
Sixty Ferrovial professionals are performing assembly duties at the field hospital in IFEMA, which will ultimately hold 5,500 beds, making it the largest hospital in Spain.
A 3D printing campaign in which the company is involved will produce up to 400 masks per day. The designs will be open-sourced so that other companies and private individuals can join the initiative.
And the company’s Digital Hub is working with a “maker” project to build assisted breathing devices using 3D printing and electronics.
So far, two prototypes have been built and are undergoing hospital tests. The group includes teams from other companies as well as a community of 300 makers, doctors, etc.
The company has also offered to build a field hospital with capacity for 250 beds. It has also mobilized its construction and design capabilities to build fast testing centers. The designs will enable 10 such centers to be built in a short period of time anywhere in the country.
Ferrovial professionals serve more than 25 million citizens throughout Spain. Over 8,000 employees work in the healthcare area, handling health emergency phone lines, providing cleaning and disinfection, and maintaining the country’s main hospitals and health centers, totaling more than 40,000 beds. The company’s employees also run ambulances, medical emergency response and home telecare services.