This scanned photograph from the year 1986 shows the first group of students to study the Hospital Management Programme at ESADE. A short time ago, I had the opportunity to reminisce about old times and have a photograph taken with them at an event organised by ESADE Alumni to commemorate their 25th class anniversary. It was a very moving reunion. Since leaving the classroom twenty-five years ago, the professionals who attended the reunion have, over the years, maintained strong links with ESADE, and today they hold high-ranking positions in Spanish healthcare.
In the last 25 years, healthcare management in Spain has undergone some enormous changes. Indeed, 25 to 30 years ago, healthcare management barely existed in this country; public administration was just beginning to find its feet. This group of students has seen, experienced and participated in many of the extraordinary changes that have occurred, and today, at the height of their activity, they play a key role in finding the solutions required by this sector, one that is so important for people. The experience amassed in this sector by the 30 alumni who were present at this enjoyable reunion has been acquired from positions of responsibility and management posts in a very wide variety of fields within the sector, including public hospitals, health insurance companies, private hospitals, public and private healthcare centres, regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical and medical product companies, the emerging public and private socio-sanitary field, teaching and research, and consultancy in Spain and abroad.
Some years ago, many business schools had healthcare management programmes. The only programme that has never been interrupted and which can claim more than one thousand alumni —who form a community of their own in the ESADE Alumni Health and Pharma Club— is the Hospital Management Programme, currently known as the Integrated Healthcare Services Management Programme (DSIS) and directed by Professor Manel Peiró.