I saw this sign many times when I rented an apartment in Cannaregio, a few years ago.
I didn’t know exactly what it was, until I read about it in the Venice Experience blog , where Karen describes her excellent rehabilitation care after knee surgery, at this hospital. Here is her final post on this experience. http://theveniceexperience.blogspot.it/2011/03/saying-goodbye-to-fatebenefratelli.html#sthash.Hoq8l1g8.dpbs
A friend who works there invited me come and have a look around this interesting place. The building itself and the philosophy of care made me wish I was young enough to be able to work there!
Fatebenefratelli literally means “do well brothers”, and the hospital is run by Brothers of the Order of St John of God.
The present-day site of the Fatebenefratelli hospital in Palazzo Benci-Zecchini dates to 1882 and the annexed modern hospital structure is a classified hospital, recognized in 1985 as a hospital specialized in rehabilitative medicine. There is ongoing restoration work on parts of the building, with the front covered in scaffolding.
On a wellhead in the entry to the hospital is the family coat of arms of the Zecchini family.
The views from the rear of the building are stunning (on a clear day). What a nice spot for your coffee break.