The Aristides Maltez Hospital (AMH), in Salvador, Brazil, set the record for the number of cancer surgeries carried out in 2011, according to a survey released by the Health System Performance Index (IDSUS). The information was communicated by the hospital director, Aristides Maltez, Jr., when he received a donation of almost 62,000 Brazilian Reais from the CEO of Unifacs, Marcelo Henrik. The funds were raised during a campaign that coincided with the university’s vestibular exam in January earlier this year.
The hospital conducted 7,057 surgical procedures during the year. The runner up, the Barretos Cancer Hospital (SP), conducted 5,740 surgeries. "The work that is being done by our hospital to detect and treat cancer is only possible thanks to the support, like that we received today from Unifacs. This support recognizes the work of the hospital and our entire team", said the director of HAM. He said the most recent financial statements from the hospital showed that 11.3% of the budget was provided from donations.
Marcelo Henrik demonstrated satisfaction with the outcome and said the initiative should be continued. "This is an initiative we are very proud of and one we intend to continue into the future. It is important for our institution to give back to the society that has given us so much," he said.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.