Project HOPE today applauded 50 lifesaving years of the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow, where the global NGO has worked for over four decades to help treat the medical needs of the children of southern Poland and support the hospital’s role as a center for pediatric research and education for Central and Eastern Europe.
In 1974, Project HOPE was invited to assist the Polish-American Children's Hospital (PACH) – now the University Children's Hospital of Krakow (UCH) - to create education programs for health professionals serving the hospital. Today, UCH operates as a 567-bed tertiary care specialty hospital for infants and children up to 16 years of age.
Project HOPE has been involved in the design and construction of the hospital’s medical research facility, the rehabilitation center, the original center for newborn care and intensive care unit for premature infants, and the Zablocki Ambulatory Care Center.
“Our 41-year partnership with this incredible institution represents the longest ongoing relationship Project HOPE has enjoyed with any hospital in the world. The quality of care and breadth of expertise I’ve witnessed here is astounding. I’m proud of this partnership and thrilled that with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, we’ve been able to purchase some of the critical pieces of medical equipment used here,” said Tom Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO of Project HOPE at a ceremony in Krakow to celebrate the hospital’s lifesaving work.
The Zablocki Ambulatory Care Center includes intensive therapy, a one-day surgery center, and emergency ambulatory units to all pediatric subspecialties except orthopedics. The hospital offers every pediatric subspecialty with neonatology, cardio surgery, general surgery and operating theaters. Additional buildings surrounding the hospital include a rehabilitation facility, a medical library, and one modern laboratory.
“As we look around the world, children’s hospitals can play a major role in meeting the critical and ongoing health needs of communities large and small and the University Children’s Hospital can be a model not just for the region but for the world,” said Dr. Kenyon.
About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, and conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries. Visit our website projecthope.org and follow us on Twitter @projecthopeorg
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