St. John of God Institute

The ISJD, a non-profit charitable entity (IPSS, in its Portuguese Acronym), founded on 11 November 1977, was created to manage the Hospitals of the Portuguese Province of the Hospitaller Order.

About Us

About Us

The St. John of God Institute, a non-profit charitable entity, founded on 11 November 1977, with the approval of its Statutes by order of the Minister of Social Affairs, published in the Diário da República, nº 288, II Series, was created to manage the Hospitals of the Portuguese Province of the Hospitaller Order.

The St. John of God Institute operates nationwide, pursuing the goals of healthcare, assistance, rehabilitation and social reintegration in its eight Hospitals/ Care Centres. Thus, according to Article 2 of its Statutes, it provides services in psychiatry and mental health, alcoholism, drug addiction, physical and rehabilitation medicine and care in the National Integrated Continued Care Network.


To allow the St. John of God Institute (ISJD), through its establishments, to provide humanised health care and social actions based on the principles of Hospitality, which are recognised for their quality.


To provide humanised health care and social actions to the population, inspired by the charismatic style of St. John of God, in accordance with the social doctrine of the Church, with technical excellence and scientific rigour, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and relying on specialised staff committed to the principle of "do good by doing going".







Areas of Intervention

The intervention of the St. John of God Institute can be concentrated in four major areas:


1st Area of Intervention

Providing health care to people with acute mental illnesses, with intervention during the crisis, and in cases of prolonged illness, with insertion in the different units depending on their pathology and degree of autonomy;

Psychosocial rehabilitation, whose intervention aims to achieve the greatest degree of autonomy possible for the patient, seeking to improve quality of life and enhance the right to citizenship, through actions at the socio-occupational (occupational workshops and productive activity workshops) and residential levels, promoting family and community reinsertion, vocational training and professional practice. The provision of services at this level includes services in residential training units (transition) and intra-institutional and community living units, within the scope of continued Psychiatric and Mental Health care;

Treatment of alcohol-dependent patients through organic detoxification and psychological, family and social rehabilitation of the alcoholic patient, including medical care, nursing care, psychological evaluation and support, pedagogical sessions, assertiveness workshops, relaxation and sensory integration, social and family support as well as health and animation pastoral intervention in its intervention programmes;

Drug addiction treatment whose intervention is based on the detoxification and/or rehabilitation of the drug user, including medical care, nursing care, evaluations, psychological support, socio-family support and health and animation pastoral intervention in its intervention programmes;

Geriatric psychology/psychiatry, with services provided in specific structures, for elderly people suffering from psychiatric disorders, with specific, global and individualised intervention programmes.


2nd Area of Intervention

Other differentiated health care:

Orthopaedics/orthopaedic surgery, orthopaedic workshops, paediatric surgery, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, Physiatrics/physical and rehabilitation medicine, anaesthesiology, vascular surgery, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology and dentistry.


3rd Area of Intervention

Provision of geriatric care, at a residential level, in a structure with medical, psychological, physiotherapy, nursing and pastoral health and animation services;

Provision of continued care, on a temporary basis, with the aim of providing health care initiated during hospitalisation or for acute episodes of chronic illness.


4th Area of Intervention

Shelter for homeless people, immigrants or nationals, in humanitarian emergencies. These are temporary shelters, promoting psychosocial support and other types of action considered necessary, aimed primarily at persons in conditions of extreme vulnerability.

Institutional Management

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Institute

Ir. Vítor Manuel Lameiras Monteiro



Ir. Alberto Paulo Madureira Mendes, sac.


Ir. Paulo Irineu Corte Gouveia


 Ir. Augusto Vieira Gonçalves


According to Article 8, there are three Departments to support the Board of Directors of the Institute in its management and organisation. Each Department, organically dependent on a member of the Board of Directors, has its own competences. General Regulation, Article 14



Vítor Cotovio

The function of this Department is to draw up and propose to the Board of Directors of the Institute, the guidelines for Clinical Action, Assistance and areas that require technical service, in view of the challenges, which arise in the areas where the Institute's action is expressed. This ensures consistency with the principles and values of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.



Sónia Ângelo

- Technical responsibility for accounting processing, providing all necessary information;

- Guidance in the preparation of the annual plan and budget, controlling its execution and proposing corrective measures for deviations to the Board of Directors of the St. John of God Institute;

- To implement and control the Purchasing Centre for the entire St. John of God Institute;

- Carry out internal audits or supervise external audits.



Anabela Rodrigues

- Propose to the Board of Directors of the Institute, Human Resource Management rules and policies, to provide technical support and to guarantee their implementation;

- Coordinate and support the Human Resources management, in its different aspects: Recruitment, Training, Performance Assessment, technical-administrative management and Labour Relations;

- Draw up budgets for personnel costs, as well as analyse the Human Resources Management indicators.

Advisory Services

The Advisory Services work in support of the Institute's action and depend on its Management. General Regulation, Art. 15. Thus, the Advisory Services operate as follows:



Susana Queiroga

To suggest and accompany the Hospitaller and Charismatic action of the Institute, in the Pastoral areas of Health Care and Animation, taking into account not only the guidelines of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, but also the applicable legal norms, which are not contrary to the principles of the Hospitaller Order.



Gonçalo Castelo Branco

To study the foreseeable applications and implications, namely legal, arising in relation to the equipment; to plan, monitor and supervise new constructions or restructure and refurbish existing ones, as well as the appropriate safety options for the premises assigned to the Institute, according to the applicable legal standards.



Filipa Dias

Adapt the study of legal situations within the Institute's sphere of action, with the coordination of decision-making in this area, and the follow-up for the solution of cases requiring special technical-legal attention.



Maria João Monteiro

To assume the coordination and responsibility for the Institute's Pharmacy policy; articulate its action with those responsible for the local medicine warehouses and/or pharmacies of the Establishments, in accordance with the respective legislation; to regularly prospect prices and present proposals for the acquisition of products.



Carlos Manuel Lopes Vieira

To draw up and propose to the Board of Directors of the Institute, the guidelines for Nursing practice. Because of the challenges that arise in each and every one of the Institute's areas of action, insofar as Nursing practice is required for their full legal functioning, always in accordance with the principles and values of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.



Daniel Garcia Duarte

To define the strategic planning of Information Systems and Technologies; to support the Institute's Headquarters and its Establishments through the study, implementation and maintenance of corporate Information Systems solutions.



1) Monitor the development of the volunteer management model, both at the Headquarters and Establishments;

2) Support the activity of the Establishments, namely the activity of the local volunteer service managers;

3) Propose training actions for volunteers;

4) Represent ISJD volunteers in civil society structures whenever required by the Board of Directors of the Institute.



1) Plan training actions based on the institution's principles and values and outline, propose and monitor technical training, at the various levels, in articulation with the Human Resources Department;

2) Draw up the Institute's training plan, internal audits, and monitor their implementation at local level;

3) Ensure the continuity of the St. John of God Institute as an accredited training entity.



1) Propose and monitor the implementation of the Institutional Communications policy;

2) Manage the Institute's media in accordance with the Communications policy.



Ensure the implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the effectiveness of the Institute's Quality Management System.


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