Institut Guttmann Foundation

Fundació Institut guttmann - RSC

The Institut Guttmann Foundation is a private, non-profit, non-denominational entity of social initiative, promoted by Catalan civil society, and an effective example of public-private cooperation. It is registered under number 189 in the Registry of Private Foundations of the Departament de Justícia de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Classified as a welfare type charity since 1965, it is included among the beneficiaries of patronage in accordance with Law 49/2002, of 23 December, “on the tax regime of non-profit organisations and tax incentives for patronage”. Since its constitution in 1962, the Social Statutes have set out the objectives and operation of the Foundation.


One of the most significant milestones for the institution during 2019 has been the approval by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees of the new Strategic Plan 2020-2025 which, based on the foundation’s good trajectory over the last few years, proposes an ambitious programme of continuity but with a more open outlook towards new lines of activities and services that the organisation needs to promote for greater future sustainability. These are based on research, innovation and a new way of understanding neurorehabilitation and the promotion of brain health based on more advanced, technological, cutting-edge, collaborative and community-integrated rehabilitation centres.

As a result of the new Strategic Plan 2020-2025, we have proceeded to review the institutional mission, vision and values and we have found that they are fully valid with some small variations that will allow us to grow in our foundational objectives to adapt to what people with disabilities, their families and society in general need and demand from us. That’s why it is called “Strategic Plan 2020-2025: for a larger organization, with new services and more committed to people”.

The new plan sets the course to continue growing as an organization of assistance and knowledge, while strengthening our commitment to service to people and country, adapting to the new social reality we live.

 “The Institut Guttmann is a non-profit organization, and its main objective is to promote, encourage and ensure full rehabilitation of people affected by spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury or other neurological disabilities, to develop research and teaching in the field of neuroscience, and to give them support and more convenient services to achieve a satisfactory social reintegration while contributing to the full recognition of their rights and effective equalising of opportunities.”

Article 7 of the Statutes of the Fundació Institut Guttmann

Organization of Excellence

As a highly specialized health organization, its mission is to provide the best specialized neurorehabilitative care and the promotion of brain health at all times, in a comprehensive, continuous, personalized manner and with the highest human, scientific and technical level.

Expert Organization

About the Socio-Sanitary Activity, its mission is to promote specialized personal socio-health and social care services, mainly aimed at people with disabilities of neurological origin and their families.  The aim of the Institut Guttmann is to provide them with the most appropriate support and services that contribute to enhancing their personal autonomy and improving their quality of life, in accordance with the principles of recognition of their functional diversity, independent living and social inclusion.

Knowledge Organization

As a University Institute attached to the UAB, its mission is to develop the academic, scientific and research aspects of neurosciences in general and of neurorehabilitation and technologies applied to personal autonomy in particular; while transferring the results of research to society through innovation models that improve people’s quality of life.

Organization Committed to Society

As a Social Initiative Entity, its mission is to contribute to the most effective equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities through the promotion and development of prevention, dissemination and social awareness activities, while collaborating with the associations that represent them.

> Mission, vision and values


The Foundation’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest governing and representative body of the Foundation, which is responsible for safeguarding, interpreting and developing the foundational will expressed in its Statutes.

Mr. Francesc Homs i Ferret Chair
Mr. Salvador Alemany Mas First Vice Chair
Mr. Josep Arcas Romeu Secretary
Mr. Josep Armas Pujol Member
Ms. Núria Basi Moré Member
Mr. Enric Botí Castro de la PeñaMember designated by the Fundación ONCE
Mr. Albert Carbonell Quer
Member representing the “Social and Participation Council of the Institut Guttmann”
Mr. Antoni Esteve Cruella Member
Mr. Josep Giralt LladanosaMember
Mr. Xavier García AlbiolMember designated by the City Council of Badalona
Ms. Irene Rigau Oliver Member
Mr. Josep M. Solé Chavero Member representing the “Social and Participation Council of the Institut Guttmann”
Ms. Mònica Terribas Sala Member
Mr. Miquel Vilardell Tarrés Member
Social and Participation Council

In order to deepen the social commitment to people with disabilities of neurological origin, while promoting greater interaction and cooperation with the associations that represent them, in 2004 the Institut Guttmann created the Social and Participation Council; an initiative that favours the participation and co-responsibility of all the actors involved in the development of the Foundation’s activities. Its main objective is to identify emerging needs, propose new initiatives and collaborate in the decision-making process that the Board of Trustees submits to its consideration. The President and the Vice-President of the Social Council are also members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Association representatives

– Ms. Bibiana Bendicho Latre – President of ASPID, Associació de Paraplèjics  Discapacitats Físics de Lleida (Lleida Association of Paraplegics and the Physically Disabled)
– Mr. Albert Carbonell Quer – Vice-Chair of the Council. President of MIFAS, Minusvàlids Físics Associats de Girona (Girona Association of the Physically Disabled)
– Mr. Luciano Fernández Pintor – President of FEDACE, Brain Health Spanish Federation
– Ms. Agustina Grandvallet – President of AMIDA, Association of functional disability of Andorra
– Mr. Antonio Guillén Martínez – President of the Confederation ECOM Catalunya
– Mr. Blas Membrives Moya – President of the Catalan Association “LA LLAR” (“THE HOME”) of people affected by multiple sclerosis
– Ms. Arantxa Ormazábal – Representative of ACAEBH, Associació Catalana d’Espina Bífida i Hidrocefàlia (Catalan Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus).
– Mr. Ignacio Osorio de Rebellón Villar – General Director of PREDIF, State Platform of People with Physical Disability
– Mr. Anxo Queiruga Vila – President of COCEMFE, Confederación Española de Personas con Discapacidad Física y Orgánica
– Mr. Antonio Reyes Chica – President of ASPAYM Catalonia,  Associació de Paraplègics i grans discapacitats de Catalunya (Association of Paraplegics and the Severely Disabled of Catalonia).
– Ms. Joana Rodríguez Pérez – President of APPCat, Associats de Pòlio i Post-pòlio de Catalunya (Polio and Post-Polio Association of Catalonia)
– Ms. Rosa Sanvicens Oliveras – President of TRACE, Associació Catalana de Traumàtics Cranioencefàlics i Dany Cerebral (Catalan Association of Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Injury Sufferers)

As professional experts

– Mr. Quim Bonaventura Ayats – Expert, was member of the boards of MIFAS, ECOM, COCEMFE, CERMI, and was alderman of the City of Girona
– Mr. Josep M. Bosch Vidal – Secretary of the Council. Lawyer, expert in health law and protection of personal data
– Ms. Dolors Colom Masfret – Health expert in Social Work and director of the magazine Agathos
– Ms. Asun Pié Balaguer – Researcher in disability. Professor of Psychology and Sciences of the Education at UOC
– Mr. Josep M. Solé i Chavero – Chair of the Council. Lawyer, expert on social issues and director of the Tutelary Foundation of the Girona region
– Mr. Joan Subirats Humet – Professor of Political Science and researcher of the IGOP
– Mr. Antoni Vilà Mancebo – Lawyer, expert in social policy

Representatives of government agencies

– Mr. Roger Cuscó Segarra – Head of Sectoral Programmes of the Departament de Benestar Social i Família (Department of Social Welfare and Family) of the de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)
– Representative of the Barcelonès Nord i Maresme / Vallès Oriental Sector of the Servei Català de la Salut (Catalan Health Service), Departament de Salut (Department of Health) of the Generalitat de Catalunya
– Mr. Xavier García Albiol – Mayor of Badalona
– Ms. Carme Riu Pascual – Member of the Governing Council of the Institut Municipal de Persones amb Discapacitat  (Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities) of the City of Barcelona

Institut Guttmann representatives

– Ms. Montserrat Bernabeu Guitart – Care Director
– Ms. Montse Caldés Santamaría – Manager
– Mr. Àngel Gil Origüén – Social Filed Advisor
– Ms. Elisabet González Martín – Communication and CSR Manager
– Mr. Xavier Pallàs García – Chairman of the Works Council
– Mr. Josep M. Ramírez Ribas – Director
– Mr. Josep M. Tormos Muñoz – Research Director
– Mr. Joan Vidal Samsó – Educational Director

Institut Guttmann – UAB Joint Committee

It is the planning and monitoring body for the academic and scientific activities of the Guttmann University Institute of Neurorehabilitation. It is made up of three representatives from the Guttmann Institute and three from the University, in order to coordinate the relationship between the two entities.

The composition of the Commission is published on the institutional website.

The Management team

Formed by the professionals responsible for the main areas of the organization, it is in charge of defining and promoting the organizational culture, promoting strategic plans and leading the actions derived from the specific mandate of the Board. The Director is statutorily the maximum responsible for the execution of the Foundation.

In addition, the institution is structured in different committees and commissions created to follow up on specific issues.

– Mr. Josep M. Ramírez Ribas – Director
– Ms. Montserrat Bernabeu Guitart – Care Director
– Ms. Montserrat Caldés Santamaría – Manager
– Mr. Joan Vidal Samsó – Educational Director
– Mr. Josep M. Tormos Muñoz – Research Director
– Ms. M. Victòria Amargós Maronda – Head of Admissions and Customer Service
– Ms. Antònia Enseñat Cantallops – Head of Neuropsycholoy and Social Work
– Ms. Elena Hernández Pena- Head of Nursing
– Mr. Josep Medina Casanovas – Head of Functional Rehabilitation
– Mr. Eloy Opisso – Head of the Office of Innovation and Research
– Ms. Elisabet González Martín – Head of CSR and Communication

The composition of the Foundation’s governing and management bodies can be consulted on the institutional website.

Functional Organigram