Development and modernization of the pediatric oncology, hematology and rheumatology services in the south eastern region of Romania

Amount:  17.619 euros – 2019

                  22.816 euros – 2018

                  21.279 euros – 2017

Implementation period: Ongoing since February 2014
Resources from donations.

Opened in February of 2014, the Focus Medical Center is the pediatric oncology-hematology and rheumatology ward of the Constanta County Hospital, the only one of its kind in the South-Eastern area of Romania and on a national level, that offers diagnosis services, treatment and monitoring for children with cancer and other rare diseases in an outpatient regimen.

Before, children with oncology-hematology diseases were admitted and treated together with all other pathologies on the Pediatrics Ward, the only one in the region, situated at the 8th floor of the Constanta County Hospital which was always crowded and lacked comfort and specific experience for these special cases.

At present, the design, equipment and logistics function in a distinct space, exclusively dedicated to oncology-hematology and rheumatology diseases, as it was built in accordance with the major pediatric wards of reference in Europe. The Center meets both the medical assistance requirements of patients and their families, as well as their social and psychological needs.

The construction and equipment of the center were finished in 2014, but we continue in our commitment to its development on the long run, by implementing new services and constantly improving the quality of the activities that are run here. We ensure the continuous training of the staff, in order to keep up with the latest therapeutic approaches, the constant evaluation of and care for the needs of the patients and permanently bringing in new technology to minimize the risks and maximize the efficiency of the time they spend in the hospital.

This is the only pediatric oncology-hematology ward in Romania that also offers home care, in addition to the hospital specialty services (The Path of Trust and Hope).

Results

  • Every year, over 500 children with oncology-hematology and rheumatology diseases benefit from outpatient care at the highest standards, through services (space and medical staff) dedicated exclusively to them.
  • The compliance and satisfaction of the patients is complete – there are no cases of abandonment of the treatment.
  • Minimum risks of infectious complications – there are no cases of nosocomial infections in the patients of the center
  • Children benefit from the best attention – one nurse for two beds.

Adriana Apostol, MD

Senior consultant in pediatric onco-hematology, she leads the pediatric onco-hematology and rheumatology department of the Constanta County Emergency Hospital.

“It all started in 1994, when, after finishing the specialization in Pediatrics, I took the sub-specialty advanced training in pediatric onco-hematology, a domain  that few pediatricians embrace. The thought that no child should die of cancer was the basis of my choice to take this route in my career.

I must admit that in the first years of practice, things were very different from what I thought they should be for these extremely vulnerable children. Meeting Alina with her unconditional desire to help these children seemed miraculous to me. We started our first project together, the construction of the pediatric onco-hematology ward, according to modern standards. After only 1 year, in 2014, the first children stepped in. It was the first dream come true with Daruieste Aripi.  And from then on, their unconditional support in the optimal functioning of this ward in support of children with severe medical conditions.  The home care project for children with severe chronic diseases in our region followed, another dream come true.

As children go over cancer with help from our projects and programs, we are demonstrating that this disease can be defeated!  ”

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