Who we are

The history of the Padre Pio Onlus Rehabilitation Centers Foundation begins about 50 years ago when, on May 25th 1970, on the anniversary of the birth of Padre Pio, thanks to the will and commitment of a Capuchin friar, Father Michele Placentino, the first stone was laid for the construction of an auxological center, today seat of the residential Territorial Presidium of Recovery and Functional Rehabilitation “Gli Angeli di Padre Pio”.

Following the path traced by Father Michael and in the sign of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, the Capuchin Friars of the Religious Province of Sant’Angelo and Padre Pio decided to devote themselves with all their strength to disadvantage and disability aiming at rehabilitation in a territory that in the past it offered very little.

Today, the Padre Pio Onlus Rehabilitation Centers Foundation is a No-Profit Organization consisting of 14 non-hospital rehabilitation facilities:

  • 1 Territorial Presidium with a continuous (residential) cycle of 65 beds located in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • 12 ambulatory rehabilitation and functional rehabilitation facilities located in the Province of Foggia (Municipalities of Cagnano Varano, Castelnuovo della Daunia, Ischitella, Monte Sant’Angelo, Ortanova, Peschici, Rodi Garganico, San Giovanni Rotondo, San Marco in Lamis, San Paolo of Civitate, Vico del Gargano and Vieste) with attached home care services
  • 1 Presidium with a core of n. 20 beds of RSA (Assisted Sanitary Residence) and n. 20 beds of RP (Protected Residence), located in Isernia in the Molise Region

All deans are institutionally accredited with the National Health Service. This means that they are in possession of the minimum requisites prescribed for operating authorization (Address document contained in the Presidential Decree of 14 January 1997), of the supplementary and additional requirements necessary for accreditation and identified by the Puglia Region to continue to be able to operate on behalf of the SSR (DGR n. 533/88; Regional Regulation n. 3/2005; Regional Regulation n. 3/2010; DGR n. 2185/2010; Regional Regulations n. 16/2010 and n. 20/2011; DGR n. 1195/2013; Regional Regulation No. 12/2015 and Regional Regulation No. 9/2016).

The Foundation’s workforce is around 460, almost all of them hired for an indefinite period. The National Collective Bargaining Agreement (CCNL) applied to medical personnel is the ARIS / CIMOP private health system, while the ARIS RSA CdR 5 December 2012 is applied to the remaining personnel

It is a member of the ARIS employer association – Religious Association of Socio-health Institutes. The A.R.I.S., based in Rome, brings together representatives of ecclesiastical institutions (religious and secular) or connected with them, which provide health care benefits.

The ARIS Association acts under the supervision of the Ecclesiastical Authority (Italian Episcopal Conference – C.E.I.) in accordance with cann. 298-299-305-322-325 of the Code of Canon Law, is inspired by the directives of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Healthcare Workers and the competent body for Health Pastoral Care of the CEI.

It is presented with a “network” company structure, which complies scrupulously with the indications of the 2011 National Rehabilitation Guidance Plan, implemented by the Puglia Region with DGR 10 May 2011, n. 933. Indications that also envisage the involvement of users in the care processes and the measurement of perceived quality, given that, among other things, the “patient satisfaction” and “complaint management” service has been activated for some time periodically and constantly measures and elaborates specific “reports” that are made public at conferences or internal publications such as “CentrInforma”, the quarterly report of the Foundation founded in 2013 and registered in the same year at the Court of Foggia.


In the Foundation operates a multi-professional, structured team of considerable scientific and professional standing, made up of experts in healthcare management, medical specialists (in physical and rehabilitation medicine, neurology, orthopedics, child neuropsychiatry, cardiology, internal medicine, ophthalmology), psychologists and psychotherapists, rehabilitation operators (physiotherapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, neuro and psychomotor therapists of the developmental age, professional educators and orthoptists) biomedical engineers, professional nurses, social workers, support staff and administrative staff as well as sought-after consultants, free professionals and in agreement with prestigious health facilities or Italian and foreign universities. The Foundation is home to a curricular internship for medical students in specialization (Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine) and for Rehabilitation Practitioners of the University of Foggia with whom it collaborates for the purposes of research, training, scientific activity and study.

The Foundation, and this is what distinguishes it particularly from all the potential competitors, has set up “Gli Angeli di Padre Pio” in San Giovanni Rotondo, a “Technological Rehabilitation Laboratory”, equipped with systems and equipment at the excellence Presidium. highly innovative in the field of rehabilitation medicine.

The adoption of the corporate plan for the management of clinical risk and patient safety complies with the recent Gelli / Bianco law no. 24/2017. All public and private health and socio-health facilities are required to manage clinical risk and patient safety (GRC). They are obliged to comply with specific organizational and management requirements to protect users: procedures to avoid infections such as proper hand washing, prevention of falls, patient suicide, their mistreatment by operators, and dangers from use of electro-medical equipment etc. Clinical risk management is also implemented with the help of a specific software that allows operators to report adverse sentimental events and / or almost-events in real time, and to the Head of “Clinical Risk Management (RGRC)” to manage them.

The Padre Pio Onlus Rehabilitation Centers Foundation is subjected to the usual evaluation inspections aimed at achieving quality certifications and the implementation of business systems and plans with the aim of raising the organization to organizational and management excellence as well as clinical, capable of achieving the ultimate goal of guaranteeing the quality level of the service provided to the final user.

For these reasons, it adopts the Organizational Model 231/01. In order to provide correct information, each Presidium is provided with a copy of the “Organization, Management and Control Model” and the “Code of Ethics”.

It meets the expected requirements of the new Privacy law and, in particular, of the EU Regulation n. 2016/679 and has an annual Plan for the Management of Clinical Risk pursuant to Law 24/2017.

It has obtained the “ICIM” quality certification in compliance with the “UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015” requirements and the “Certiquality” work safety certification “BS OHSAS 18001: 2007”.

Finally the Foundation adopts the wistle blowing system of ANAC (National Anticorruption Authority) to report illicit conducts of its employees who intend to do it by themselves.

Our vocation

Being next to those in need