This statute was approved on 12 January 1979 by the General Council of the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence in Verona and reconfirmed by the same Council on 17 March 1991.

In addition to the work contract of their professional association, all operators who work at the “Citadel of Charity” must also sign this document, declaring that they will comply with the letter and spirit of these principles.

THE HOSPITAL

· Article 1 – The “Sacro Cuore” and “Don G. Calabria” hospital complex, as well as the “Casa Fr. E Perez” and the “Casa Fr. P. Nogarè”, intend to be, in the words of their founder, “…a care home that will welcome in many sick brothers to promote Christian charity as much as possible, which is the only way to bring Our Lord Jesus Christ into today’s disturbed, troubled society”.

· Article 2 – The Hospital is a religious organisation, not in terms of its ownership, but in its guiding spirit that draws inspiration from the evangelical principles of love and service to brothers in need, based on the faith in Divine Providence. It is a work of the Catholic Church and follows its moral guidelines.

· Article 3 – The Hospital is open to progress in terms of an increasingly complete recognition of human rights and human dignity; to achieving higher levels of co-responsibility; and to developing healthcare, diagnostic, therapeutic and scientific research techniques.

· Article 4 – The Hospital falls under the framework of the civil laws governing each Healthcare Body of the State and shall comply with legal rulings, without prejudice to its natural right to conscientiously object to any event that goes against the ethics of the Gospel according to the Church’s interpretation.

· Article 5 – The Hospital shall collaborate with other public or private Hospitals and/or Socio-Healthcare Bodies to improve the psychophysical health of the population, operating across the region.

THE SICK

· Article 6 – “After God, the sick are our real masters” (Don Calabria). They are the sole focus of all the Hospital’s interests, research, actions, structure and organisation. Any other interests, whether collective or personal, material or moral, must be subordinate to the benefit of the sick.

· Article 7 – The sick are human beings and as such, they are entitled to the latest and most complete healthcare services, provided with the respect, care and spirit of service that are due according to the laws of human co-existence and the principles of Christian love.

· Article 8 – The sick suffer from their illnesses, from their solitude and from their limited independence. They therefore need special understanding and affinity. The sick are not a burden on society; they are not useless; they require fraternal solidarity from the healthy, and in the vision of the Faith they represent Christ’s suffering and therefore a mission of redemption and repair.

THE EMPLOYEES

· Article 9 – All healthcare workers, whether in direct contact with the sick or working to help the Hospital run smoothly, are part of one large “employee family”.

· Article 10 – The following quote from Father Calabria is aimed, in particular, at doctors: “A doctor’s job is not purely a profession, but rather a real mission. A doctor is called by God to work either to bring in and support life or to help its progress and revitalisation, curing its illnesses or at least alleviating its pain”.

· Article 11 – Healthcare workers are directly involved in the same mission by performing their own professions. Their daily work will have a particular effect on the lives of the sick.

· Article 12 – The collaboration among all the workers does not arise of its own accord, but rather it is a goal to be achieved with constant commitment through a sense of fraternity and mutual help, combating rivalry, envy, division, suspicion, authoritarianism, gossip and harmful criticism.

· Article 13 – All healthcare workers must respect the religious and ideological freedom of the sick and are held to professional secrecy.

· Article 14 – When faced with a worsening illness, an appropriate attitude should be maintained in keeping with the gravity of the situation. If the life of a sick person is in danger, the head nurse should be called.

· Article 15 – The rights of employees shall be recognised and respected, in accordance with applicable laws, both in terms of fair pay and personal development.

· Article 16 – The Hospital shall encourage the professional and deontological education of its employees and shall organise meetings and discussions so that everyone in their various roles can make a constructive contribution.

· Article 17 – The “employee family” involves different roles, skills and responsibilities that require mutual respect to guarantee the harmonious development of each hospital activity in order.

· Article 18 – The Hospital is open to working with and training volunteers, offering them a wide scope for human and Christian solidarity and fraternity.

CONCLUSION The Negrar Hospital has grown from a small seed sown by God in the furrow of the Church. It originates from the Gospel and, to be exact, from the command of Christ: “Heal the sick” (Mt. 10, 8) and from another word of Christ: “I was sick and you visited me” (Mt. 25, 38).

In the first few decades of the 1900s, Father Angelo Sempreboni, the Negrar parish priest, driven by evangelical charity and faith in Providence, founded a Nursing Home for the elderly in need.

Upon his premature death, Father Giovanni Calabria took over this material and spiritual legacy, increasing its work for the sick.

As the successful fruit of that small seed, the current hospital complex intends to remain closely connected to this mould.

Historical events, the great progress in social care, the laws and structures which the civil community has put in place over the following decades, none of this has diminished the validity of the evangelical principles behind this Institution and which it continues to draw inspiration from to this very day.

In continuing and ensuring the spirit and work of its founder, the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence believes it fit and proper to assert the identity of the Negrar Hospital so that the sick and general public understand the human and Christian purposes which it intends to express.

Anyone who works for the “Sacro Cuore and Don G. Calabria” Hospital, the “Casa Perez” and the “Casa Nogarè” must comply with the letter and spirit of this document.