In 1974 Project HOPE was invited to assist the Polish-American Children’s Hospital (PACH) – now University Children’s Hospital of Krakow – to create education programs for health professionals serving the hospital. By 1975, HOPE had completed a medical research facility adjacent to the hospital and in 1988 a 240- bed rehabilitation center had been completed.
HOPE continued its support of the hospital in 1990 by establishing a 16-bed center for newborns including a 4-bed intensive care unit for premature infants. In 1996, HOPE and PACH celebrated the completion of the Clement J. Zablocki Ambulatory Care Center and began the Managers for Reform of Polish Healthcare Program. The program encompassed strategic planning, human resources, financial management, operations management, health policy and other related topics. In 1998 Project HOPE also implemented a breast cancer awareness campaign for physicians, nurses, educators, psychologists, social workers and breast cancer survivors.
Project HOPE began a multidisciplinary care of the special child and family program in 1999, training health professionals who work with children with disabilities and their families. HOPE also assisted in the development of a Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic through the training of gastroenterology specialists.
A decade later, in 2009, Project HOPE began a program to improve the quality of life of children suffering from cancer and improving the treatment outcomes of childhood cancer. The multidisciplinary case management training program targets pediatric cancer health care workers who will improve the quality of care and support provided to cancer patients and their families.
With your support, Project HOPE has been helping families in these vulnerable places receive the best of care for their sick children by improving treatment, diagnosis and outcomes of childhood cancer through expert health professional training and sophisticated medical equipment donations.
Project HOPE was honored with a medal of recognition for our 41-year partnership with the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow (UCH).