Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre

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Clinicas Hospital, or HCPA (Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre) is a major university hospital in Brazil, and a reference for transplants and genetic research in Latin America. It is located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is part of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. The hospital has 125,000 square metres (1,350,000 sq ft) of floor space, distributed on 13 floors, and 741 beds.[1] There is an emergency room with capacity for 50 patients, which contains a vascular unit, an operating theatre with 15 rooms, an outpatient surgery center, and an Interventional Neuro/Cardiovascular center with 3 rooms. It takes care of in about 60 specialties, since the simplest procedures until most complex, with priority, for patients of the SUS.[2]

The current president is Amarilio Vieira de Macedo Neto, MD.


In 1938, the land plot destined for the hospital was bought by the Rio Grande do Sul State Government and was donated to the University two years later. Construction started in 1943, but financial and political problems plagued the work, which went on into the 60s. In 1971 the statute of the Hospital was approved, and the following year saw the start of activities.[3]

The first outpatient visit was February 2, 1972 and the first inpatient was admitted on May 23 of the same year (Nephrology).

The first renal transplant occurred in 1974. In 2009, the first lung transplant occurred.[3]

In 2009, the Centro de Pesquisa Clinica (Clinical Research Center) was opened, with 3,000 sq meters of space for research. It will be one of the main centers for the ELSA Project (Longitudinal Study of the Brazilian Population), and also a major center in psychiatric, gynecologic and cardiology research.[3]

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