Official Celebration of the MMA’s Day in the National Theater

02. 02. 2010

Belgrade, March 02, 2010 – The Military Medical Academy marked 166 years of its existence and work with official ceremony held in the National Theater in Belgrade 
The guests present to the ceremony were the President of the National Assembly Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Vice-President of the Serbian Government Jovan Krkobabić, ministers of the Serbian Government, representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces, Military Diplomatic Corps, guests from Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska as well as former heads of our largest military medical institution, deans and professors of Serbian University, heads of clinical and clinical-hospital centers, and numerous prominent figures in our cultural and public life.
The distinguished guests were offered a warm welcome by the MMA’s head, Major General Prof. Dr. Miodrag Jevtić. In his opening address, he said that years and life were not measured by days, but by deeds, and there were too many of them throughout 166 of existence of the Military Medical Academy and its precursors. However, there were also prominent people, brilliant professional figures, who through their work paved the ways of development of our Military Health Service. So far, the Military Medical Academy has achieved so many successes, and it has a clear vision of its further development and progress, for what it is respected and recognized in the world.
‘Last year’, said General Jevtić, ‘the first generation of students enrolled in the medical study programs at the Military Medical Academy, residence and PhD programs were accredited, the Academy’s members successfully accomplished and are still carrying out their missions within UN-led peacekeeping operations in Chad and Congo; international military medical cooperation was intensified, within the framework of which we hosted medical professionals from over 20 countries who completed various education and training programs; our institution was awarded necessary European ISO quality management system certifications and accreditations for its 5 laboratories; it was awarded the highest recognitions and acknowledgement for successful provision of medical support to the Universiade 2009 and the operation of the Light Field Hospital deployed to the multinational exercise MEDCURE 2009; medical journal ‘Military Medical Review’ was indexed in the database of the world’s most prestige medical publications.
Applying the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods in its practice, this medical city continues to provide the highest-quality health care to the military community and citizens of Serbia as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Belgrade. An increase in the number of rendered services by 10-20%, and about half a million patient visits received for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes during last year are the facts that speak in favor of it’, said the first man of the institution located in 17, Crnotravska St. He also announced that the Academy would take over the responsibility to operate once a week as the Emergency Center of the Serbian Health Service.
The MMA’s head stressed that thanks to good business policy and saved funds, resources for procurement of the state-of-the-art medical equipment were provided, and that, in scientific and professional terms, borders of medicine were shifted using knowledge and skills. In 2009, as he said, this institution sent its 117 ambassadors into the world, who brilliantly represented their institution and the country to the greatest authorities of medical profession.
‘You can hardly find anyone who doesn’t recognize national importance and value of the Military Medical Academy. Be convinced that Treatment Service, Science and Education as corner-stones of our existence are now even more interlinked by strong relationship of mutual incitement’, said General Jevtić.
He also reminded that among the MMA’s patients, there was a large number of civilian insured who visited this healthcare facility without any administrative barriers thanks to the Agreement entered into with the National Public Health Institute, which had been in place for almost two years, as well as historically important inclusion into the nationwide network of healthcare facilities in Serbia.
Speaking about the plans for the future, the MMA’s head reiterated that this institution was dedicated to the development of the best young medical workforce, technical-technological renewal and continuous improvements in organizational restructuring.
In addition, strategic goals were defined and dynamic of their fulfillment was determined, since the main objective is to have the Military medical Academy keeping abreast with trends of the world medical science, where its place is, and towards it is going now.
‘The success is achieved by those who are occupied with their work that much that have no time to think of anything else. Investment into knowledge and commitment to the work may be, more than ever, the key to such success we are pursuing. That is in the first place in the service of the Defense System, the part of which we are’, said Major General Miodrag Jevtić in his conclusion.
Artistic program in which brilliant parts were taken by our artists in drama and music: Ljiljana Blagojević, Lepomir Ivković, Nebojša Kundačina, Nela Mihailović, Biljana Đurović, Nenad Stojmenović, Kalina Kovačević, Ivan Bosiljčić, Jelena Vlahović, Olga Olćan, Danka Stojiljković, and "Kolo" ensemble complemented the official ceremony held in the National Theater.
Their performances were accompanied by the MoD symphonic orchestra "Stanislav Binički", "Obilić" Choir, amateur Cultural-Artistic Society "Branko Krsmanović" and students Choir of the Military Academy conducted by Darinka Matić-Marović, Ivona Eklemović, Pavle Medaković and Major Igor Mitrović.

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