At the end of this year the Costa del Sol hospital will have been open for 25 years and there are plans to celebrate, to pay tribute not only to the work of the professionals who have been providing health care during that time but also the local people who have been treated at the hospital during its quarter-century of existence.
The hospital was officially inaugurated on 29 December 1993, although in fact some doctors and nurses started work in the early hours of that morning, assisting a woman who was giving birth earlier than expected.
A programme of activities has been organised to mark the anniversary, including cultural, scientific and sporting events, and this was announced this week by the regional government's Health representative in Malaga province, Ana Isabel González, and the head of the Costa del Sol Health Agency, Torcuato Romero.
Everything kicks off, literally, tomorrow, Saturday 20 October, with the 'Costa del Sol Hospital 25th Anniversary' football tournament at the sports centre in Ojén, in which eight teams of hospital staff will compete.
On Wednesday 24th the cultural section of the programme begins in the assembly room of the hospital with a concert by the Sancti Petri Collegium Musicum choir of Malaga, at 7.30pm.
This will also be the venue for a theatrical show called 'Florentina y el tesoro de la casa encantada' (Florentine and the treasure of the enchanted house) on Saturday 27th, for children in the hospital, their relatives and the children of hospital staff.
On 14 November, José Manuel Mellado Gil, a researcher from the Cell Regeneration and Advanced Therapies Department of the Andalusian Centre of Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine will be giving a talk to coincide with World Diabetes Day, and on 23 November journalist and writer Cristina Mitre will be giving a talk on 'Cómo correr sin prisa' (How to run without hurrying), which members of the public are welcome to attend. Three days later, on 26 November, Flor de Torres will be talking about the fight to stop violence against women and gender discrimination in the assembly hall at 1pm.
Other events to mark the 25th anniversary of the hospital will include the official closure of the sun protection campaign, a gastronomic event and open day for visitors on 4 December.