Mastercard, together with Edenred, Sodexo BRS and Up Romania, supports Give Life for equipping with the latest generation equipment part of the anatomo-pathology laboratory that will serve the entire “Maria S. Curie” Children’s Emergency Clinical Hospital in Bucharest. The new equipment purchased will reduce the time for processing samples and thus establishing the diagnosis, a crucial aspect in the case of treating diseases, especially oncological ones.
“We are honored to celebrate the 4th year of supporting the #NoiFacemUnSpital cause with a new announcement. Together with our partners Edenred, Sodexo BRS and Up Romania, we are equipping the anatomo-pathology laboratory that will serve multiple departments of the Marie S. Curie Hospital. The new equipment will allow a faster diagnosis of children, therefore a better chance for life and healing”, said Cosmin Vladimirescu, Country Manager Mastercard Romania and Croatia.
“The partnership with Mastercard means innovation and at the same time long-term investment to offer children in Romania the best treatment conditions. We are happy to have them with us, alongside other 350,000 people for #NoiFacemUnSpital cause. With this project, Give Life continues to provide state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure for the medical system in Romania”, said Oana Gheorghiu, founder of Give Life.
“#NoiFacemUnSpital means an integrated approach to treating children with oncological pathology and more. Starting from diagnosis, treatment and up to palliation where appropriate. This first step to equip the pathology laboratory with the latest generation equipment means faster access to treatment and more chances for every child treated here”, said Carmen Uscatu, founder of Give Life.
The anatomo-pathology laboratory has an essential role in the diagnostic process and serves all departments of the hospital, such as oncopediatrics, surgery, neurosurgery, which will move into the #NoiFacemUnSpital building, but also ENT, pediatrics, ophthalmology and many others.
Currently, approximately 4,000 samples from patients between 0-18 of age are processed annually in the laboratory, but this number will increase with the opening of the new hospital. The new facilities come with a number of benefits for both patients and medical staff. For patients, this means faster diagnosis, greater accuracy of results, fewer days in hospital and faster access to appropriate treatment, while for healthcare professionals, the new equipment ensures increased efficiency in sample processing and access to modern technology, which increases the quality of work, the possibility of subspecialization (a good example is nephropathology) and the reduction of exposure to toxic substances.
The initiative to equip the pathology laboratory subscribes to Mastercard’s activities in the field of health. In 2019, the company became the innovation partner of Give Life, in the #NoiFacemunSpital initiative, the hospital financed entirely by individual donations and sponsorships. As a result, all of Mastercard’s local efforts, materialized through the company’s products, services and partnerships, were directed towards fulfilling the goal of donating 1.1 million euros, an amount that was invested in equipping the hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
In the summer of the same year, Mastercard donated 250,000 euros, together with BCR and the legendary band Metallica, immediately after their concert in Bucharest, and in 2020 it was the first company to join the efforts of the Donate Life team in the fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Romania, through a donation of 100,000 euros, announced only a few days after the state of emergency was declared. Through the Association, the funds were used to equip medical units that managed the crisis with protective equipment and medical equipment, thus strengthening the capacity of the Romanian medical system.
During 2021 – 2022, Mastercard, with the support of Edenred, Sodexo BRS and Up Romania, facilitated and financed the collaboration with an international team of experts from the Armstrong Institute for Quality and Patient Safety within Johns Hopkins Medicine. They offered training sessions for medical staff in Romania, on topics such as increasing the quality of the medical act, research, communication within the team, patient safety, etc.