The Hospital del Mar is a modern general and university hospital, active and with research activity, which treats pathologies of medium and high complexity. It has a long history and strong tradition of service to Barcelona, and therefore has developed and grown as the city itself has done.
Thanks to its location on the seafront and its architectural design, it is bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and seems to fit in with the population that it serves, from the Ciutat Vella and Sant Martí districts. This is an exceptionally heterogeneous and multicultural population, and the hospital is working hard to adapt to the changes that this situation demands.
Being a professional all-rounder, the hospital has learnt, as part of the MAR Health Park, to become productive and efficient and to work as part of a team together with the city's different networks and healthcare centres. Thus it has always been principally involved in care work, but also having a permanent link with research via the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute). Although relatively small, the Hospital del Mar has one of the most outstanding scientific outputs in the country, carrying out projects that bring science closer to the daily application of healthcare to the people it treats.
The Hospital del Mar has 400 conventional hospital beds and 20 beds for critical care, 35 Day Hospital places, 21 multi-use emergency boxes, 69 consulting rooms, 21 diagnostic rooms, 10 operating theatres and 2 delivery rooms for childbirth. It is currently in the process of expansion, which will double its size, and which will allow it to continue to offer satisfactory cover for the needs of the districts it serves. It will add to the resources for the requirements of the elderly, with a view to the ageing population of some areas, but will also provide more facilities for emergency care, diagnostic testing or childbirth, in consideration of the new needs of the younger population that has taken up residence in the area and which is growing.