The University Clinical Centre complex in Gdańsk will be expanded with a new space where the youngest hospital patients will recover. The Pediatric Medicine Centre will be a significant expansion of diagnostic and treatment options for children not only from the region, but also from all over the country. The contract was signed on 22nd of September 2023 at the Non-Invasive Medicine Centre. The event was attended by: Prof. Marcin Gruchała – Rector of the Medical University of Gdańsk, Prof. Piotr Czauderna – Head of the Department of Surgery and Urology for Children and Adolescents of the Medical University of Gdańsk, Chairman of the Health Protection Council of the President of the Republic of Poland, Marcin Martyniak – Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Deputies to the Sejm of the Republic of Poland – Kacper Płażyński and Jarosław Sellin. The University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk was represented by Jakub Kraszewski – General Director and Arkadiusz Lendzion – Deputy Director for Administration and Technology.
from the left: Marcin Martyniak, Jakub Kraszewski, Prof. Marcin Gruchała, Jarosław Sellin, Kacper Płażyński, Prof. Piotr Czauderna
The University Clinical Centre complex in Gdańsk will be expanded with a new building. The Pediatric Medicine Centre will join the existing Invasive Medicine Centre and Non-Invasive Medicine Centre. A symbolic check for almost PLN 300 million was handed over to representatives of the MUG and the UCC in October 2022, and now an agreement for the implementation of the investment has been signed.
– From now on, this project has a “tangible” character. This day is a symbol of credibility and keeping the word – by the Ministry of Health, by the government, by the office of President Andrzej Duda – said Marcin Martyniak, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health, during a press briefing. – This project and another agreement signed recently with the Medical Fund in the field of pediatric support, i.e. support for the youngest patients, i.e. building a safe future for Poles in understanding the needs of patients in dialogue with the environment and within the rational management of funds.
The modern space will include, among others: integrated the existing, dispersed clinical base and expanded the possibilities related to pediatric medicine – both diagnostics and treatment. This includes, among others: for broadly understood surgical activities, treatment of multi-organ defects and care for the youngest patients suffering from chronic diseases.
– This is an extremely important investment for the University, the hospital and Pomerania, which will allow us to consolidate our pediatric clinics in one place. The most modern equipment will serve not only patients who need it very much, but also for teaching purposes – said Prof. Marcin Gruchała, Rector of MUG. – the UCC is a clinical hospital that also serves to train students in all medical professions. Future medical staff should be trained in very modern facilities, offering access to the latest equipment and competent teaching staff. Our hospital is also a place where research is conducted and we develop medical knowledge, which is later implemented directly into clinical practice. The construction of the Pediatric Medicine Centre is therefore extremely important for patients, students and the development of Polish science.
The PMC building will include, among others: Observation Ward, Pediatric Day Ward, Pediatric Rehabilitation Day Ward, Endoscopy Laboratory and Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology Clinic.
– Today is a great day, a day when dreams come true. We have been waiting for decades so that a real, multi-specialized, comprehensive children’s treatment centre could finally be established in Gdańsk, in Pomerania, in northern Poland – commented Prof. Piotr Czauderna, Head of the Department of Surgery and Urology for Children and Adolescents of the MUG. – Such an investment is badly needed here. Modern medicine – treatment of oncology patients, treatment of patients with rare diseases and congenital defects – requires comprehensive care, the best diagnostics and various specialists in one place
The centre will have state-of-the-art medical equipment, including: CT, MRI, X-ray, angiograph, video tracks in operating theaters, operating tables with replaceable tops, mobile X-ray machines, ventilators, defibrillators, anesthesia machines, and cardiomonitors. and endoscopes. The building will be equipped with modern telecommunications solutions to facilitate patient care and guarantee full safety of the people staying there.
The new facility will consist of six floors, including two underground. It will be built in place of the old buildings that are part of the main UCC complex and will be connected to the rest of the hospital infrastructure through connectors. This will guarantee comfort for patients and their caregivers, quick transport and ensure high efficiency of supply logistics.
– The fact that we can provide so many different types of services in one place, almost under one roof, works to the benefit of our patients – added Jakub Kraszewski, General Director of the University Clinical Centre. – I am very happy to be part of this wonderful project that is just starting in our hospital. Thank you for your support and kindness.
The area of the Pediatric Medicine Centre will be over 29,000 square meters, which will allow for the creation of a base of 110 beds. This potential may increase significantly in the future. The value of the investment is estimated at almost PLN 300 million – PLN 298.5 million comes from the state budget (Medical Fund), PLN 1.4 million comes from own funds.
The following will be located in the PMC:
The University Clinical Centre also received two symbolic checks from the Ministry of Health – one for over PLN 7 million for the reconstruction and adaptation of hospital rooms in order to create a children’s ward and the purchase of medical apparatus and equipment, the other – for over PLN 11 million – for the modernization and additional equipment for the Clinical Emergency Ward (CEW) of the UCC.
– For 12 years, we have admitted half a million patients to CEW, and help has been provided there so many times. The equipment wears out, so it is extremely important that it is renewed and modernized – said Jakub Kraszewski – General Director of UCC about the support received.
Every year, over 18,000 children are hospitalized at the University Clinical Centre and treated in several departments, including: pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, neonatology, pediatric neurology, pediatric oncology and hematology, and pediatrics. The construction of the Pediatric Medicine Centre will significantly increase these possibilities.
photos by Paweł Sudara/MUG