The new consulting rooms were built thanks to the Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation which invited Mrs Elena Hirsch and the Bunge y Born Foundation to help with the initiative.
The ceremony held to inaugurate the new external infectology consulting rooms complex at the Hospital de Niños “Ricardo Gutiérrez was attended by representatives from the Bunge y Born Foundation, Mrs Edith Grynszpancholc, chairwoman of the Natalí Dafne Flexer Foundation, responsible for overseeing the project; the mayor of the City of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri and the Minister of health, Jorge Lemos.
Mauricio Macri declared the new installations open for business and said that “this is a clear example of our ability as Argentines to work together in a team and take significant strides towards servicing the community and building a better society.” He added that “everything works better when the State, the NGOs and the private sector join forces to share a common objective.”
During the ceremony Mrs Edith Grynszpancholc thanked Mrs Elena de Olazabal de Hirsch who said: “I am delighted to be able to share your pride in this achievement which is the result of all your hard work. I hope that these new facilities will help to achieve the best possible outpatient treatment for all the sick children who receive care at the Hospital and who have so many special needs.”
The new facilities, located in Mansilla 3120, cover a surface area of some 500 square meters on three floors. On the ground floor is the reception, four external consulting rooms and a day hospital for infectology cases. On the first floor there are a further six infectology consulting rooms and on the second floor a procedures room and four external consulting rooms for tisiology studies. Each floor is furnished with waiting rooms, restrooms, including those designed for people with special needs, and staffed with a team of nurses.
It is worth noting that this project has a been priority for some time, as over the last ten years, the Infectology Service at the Gutierrez Hospital has seen a steady increase in the number of cases, with a significant number of children from the City of Buenos Aires, the surrounding areas and other parts of the country. The location of the original consulting rooms, virtually within the inpatient area, represented a risk for patients exposed to new infections, a situation of particular risk for children with cancer and HIV/AIDS.
The new services aim to provide a more personalized service, reduce the risks of infection and associated complications and hence the number of days of patients’ hospital stays, based on international guidelines covering the working of external consulting rooms in locations away from admissions areas. This will mean major cost reductions for both the Hospital and the families of its patients.