Norilsk healthcare gained fame as best

Norilsk healthcare gained fame as best

November 10, 2020

In 1985, it was eight years before the opening of the thousand-bed hospital in Oganer.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Doctors waited for it for a quarter of a century in total, treating the Norilsk residents in the buildings on Bogdan Hmelnitsky street, where there were twice beds more than required by sanitary standards.

The chief physician of the city multidisciplinary hospital, Yevgeny Klimov, according to him, ‘fought for the construction of a new building’, first as the head of the city health department, and since 1972 – as the chief physician.

Through his efforts of the honorary citizen of Norilsk, who gave the city almost half a century, and his teams in the 1985 hospital performed more than six thousand operations, including unique ones. The chief surgeon of the hospital Anatoly Reizis was considered a brilliant specialist.

‘In crowded and stuffy atmosphere’, according to Evgeny Klimov’s definition, not only surgeons, but also doctors of other specialties did their job successfully. Cardiologists, for example, had the opportunity to provide advice to a patient by decoding his electrocardiogram by phone.

Before the advent of the computer age, doctors of the city hospital could dictate the contents of a medical history by telephone to a dictaphone center, where it was recorded on a tape recorder and then typed. This saved up to 30 percent of precious time. Moreover, the medical record form was specially developed by the head physician for his hospital and was officially recognized by the Ministry of Health.

In the era of Yevgeny Klimov, there was an operational communication system not only for the chief physician and his subordinates, but also for patients with their relatives.

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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

November 10, 2020

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