The Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP) has partnered with The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth through the Tuck OnSite Global Consulting course to study the feasibility of launching an integrated wellness and lifestyle medicine pilot program in Croatia. For this purpose, a group of six postgraduates arrived in Croatia with the intention of talking to stakeholders in health tourism in Croatia and implementing the so-called Tuck Project collaboration on health programs for the US market.
The Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Kvarner Region Tourist Board and the Rijeka Tourist Board, was given the opportunity to host this working group in Kvarner from 7th till 12th of December and to familiarize them with the offer of its members. During their five-day-stay in Kvarner, the group visited the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management and the Faculty of Medicine, Thalassotherapia Opatija and Crikvenica, Special hospitals Dr. Nemec and Medico, Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka, Dental Clinics Rident, Amadria Park hotels, Polyclinic Terme Selce, and the visit was also organized in Rovinj at the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital Martin Horvat. Upon completion of their stay in Croatia, the working group will submit a study with the facts they have gathered in discussions with the Cluster’s members.
The key initiative of the Tuck Project is to help Croatia to position itself as one of the main destinations for health tourism, especially in the field of medical wellness. For this reason, the intention of the working group is to prepare, through mutual communication, a joint program with a feasibility study, including the financial parameters that would be implemented in practice. During Tuck Team’s stay in Croatia, from 2nd till 20th of December, they will visit institutions in Zagreb and the surrounding area, Slavonia, as well as the institutions in Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The coordinator on the Croatian side is the Ministry of Health (Mate Car, Ph.D., in front of the Institute for Health Services in Tourism), and on the US side are prof. Jeana Havidich and Dr. Steven Pavletich.