ISMETT, Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione, is a goverment-approved research hospital (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico - IRCCS) for the treatment of, and research on, end-stage organ diseases. ISMETT is a center of excellence in the field of transplantation and a point of reference for other Mediterranean countries. Important research projects, to ensure the most advanced therapies for patients and treat end-stage organ diseases, are conducted at ISMETT.
An example of innovative and efficient clinical management, ISMETT is a joint public-private partnership between the Region of Sicily, through ARNAS Civico hospital in Palermo, and UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The partnership with UPMC, a leading institution in the field of organ transplantation, brought to Palermo the expertise and professionalism of its worldwide-renowned hospitals, research centers, and universities.
ISMETT is the first hospital in Southern Italy to receive Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, one of the most advanced accreditation systems to assess the quality and safety of hospital facilities. JCI accreditation confirms ISMETT's top standards of patient care and patient safety and its commitment to continuous improvement of clinical outcomes, management, and training programs that every year involve hundreds of nurses, physicians, technicians, and administrators.
In December 2013, ISMETT was awarded with its first Bollino Rosa (the “Pink Stamp”) for years 2014 and 2015, a special award to hospitals that are particularly attentive and sensitive to women's need.