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Partner Institutes

The main partner institutes of the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology are the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht), the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital (WKZ), the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL) and the Hubrecht Institute, which is a scientific research center. UMC Utrecht/WKZ and the Hubrecht Institute are located at The Uithof in Utrecht. These organizations were a major incentive to establish the Princess Maxima Center at this site. The organizations will jointly use costly facilities and cooperate on procuring services and developing new care concepts. Some scientific research facilities will be shared with research groups at the UMC Utrecht/WKZ, the NKI-AVL and the Hubrecht Institute.

The establishment of the Princess Máxima Center strengthens the position of the UMC Utrecht/WKZ, not only as a leading center in pediatrics, but also in oncology. The UMC Utrecht, together with the NKI-AVL, have set up an oncology center for adults in The Uithof. The Princess Máxima Center will offer a unique combination of care for both children and adults. In particular, this will enable the joint care of adolescents and the monitoring of late effects. The UMC Utrecht has demonstrated it's preparedness to invest in an intensive cooperation to work together to achieve the highest quality of care and to make the greatest impact in research. 

The goal is to construct a new, well-integrated building and to achieve operational excellence and synergy. Integrating expensive and complex wards and utilizing existing facilities will achieve significant investment and operational benefits, as well as a higher quality of care. 

Shared-care hospitals

In the future, the Princess Máxima Center will oversee childhood cancer treatment in the Netherlands. The complex care for children with oncological conditions will be carried out at the Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht, as well as the diagnosis and treatment. Less complex aspects of the treatment will take place in shared-care hospitals (shared-care centers) across the country and, thus, closer to the patient's residence. Achieving optimal functioning at these shared-care hospitals will require a certain degree of centralization. Therefore, the Princess Máxima Center will enter into partnerships with a limited number of hospitals. The goal is for parents and children to be able to reach a shared-care hospital in 45 minutes or less. These partnerships are expected to involve between fifteen to twenty hospitals, including a number of university medical centers.


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