Children’s Cancer Hospital, Egypt – 57357
The Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE) widely known as Hospital 57357 is a unique healthcare institution and an ultimate example of what can be achieved when people work together for a common goal. The people of Egypt and friends from all over the world and most particularly in the Arab World have contributed generously to the establishment of the hospital which has been completely built by donations. Egyptians from all walks of life rallied around the setting up of a state of the art pediatric oncology hospital to achieve the dream of a better tomorrow for their children with cancer.
Inspired by the model of the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in the U.S, the Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE 57357) is the largest Hospital in the world in terms of capacity (345 beds). It was established in 2007 with the mission of providing the best comprehensive family centered quality care and a chance for cure to all children with cancer seeking its services, free of charge and without discrimination.
Initially, since the inception of the 57357 Project, the focus was on how to provide the best comprehensive quality care and an opportunity for cure. Hence, the Hospital is constantly offering its patients a wide range of the most updated diagnostics and treatment services including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, bone marrow transplant, multi-disciplinary clinics, physical rehabilitation, socio-psychological care, palliative care, survivorship care and in-house schooling.
Since its inception, CCHE administrators and top management realized that carrying out research in medical and non-medical areas of Hospital operations was a pre-requisite to progress in achieving cure and a better future for our children with cancer. Hence the adoption of the most advanced health informatics system by Cerner which enabled the complete digitalization of Hospital operations, its acquisition of a strong data base, and its transformation into a paperless Hospital.
Not only is this project attempting to increase the childhood cancer survival rate in Egypt from less than an estimated 40% to the Western rates of 75-80% overall survival, it is also attempting to create a new system of healthcare where management and treatment utilize the most scientific approaches practiced today. Presently, after 14 years of operations the Hospital is recording a 71% average over-all survival. It has become not merely a hospital but a leading example for healthcare, a change agent and a comprehensive institution for fighting childhood cancer.
Ahmed Elhemaly, MD
Moatasem El-ayadi, MD