Two state-of-the-art Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) building projects, backed by The Social and Sports Activities Support Fund (Daam), have been inaugurated at a stone laying ceremony held.
The two projects, the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System unit and the expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015.
The ceremony was held at the site of the CyberKnife unit, which is adjacent to the National Center for Cancer Care and Research’s (NCCCR) PET-CT Center, and was presided over by HMC Managing Director Hanan Al Kuwari PhD and Daam President H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al Thani.
The CyberKnife unit will deliver improved radiosurgery practice through the use of the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which is the world’s only robotic radiosurgery technique designed to treat tumors non-invasively anywhere in the body. Using continual image guidance and computer-controlled robotic mobility, the system automatically tracks, detects and corrects for tumor and patient movement in real-time throughout the treatment. This enables the delivery of high-dose radiation with pinpoint precision, which minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
“The addition of the CyberKnife system will be a definite advance for our radiation oncology treatment program. It will provide an excellent additional treatment option for our patients and consolidates further HMC’s mandate of providing world-class state-of-the-art cancer care to the people of Qatar,” said Dr. Noora Al Hammadi, Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology at NCCCR.
Neonatal Intensive Care Director Dr Hilal Al Rifai, said the purpose built state-of-the-art NICU unit expansion is designed to meet the best international standards for environmental safety and best practice.
“The facility is built on 2200sqm and provides additional 33 cots including six rooms designated for mothers to room with their babies,” he said adding that the additional capacity will increase the current number of baby cots at the unit from 80 to 113 cots.
“This addition will not only make the unit the largest baby unit in the world but will also provide extra nursing and medical manpower, cutting-edge technology equipment and many programs to ensure the provision of best, safe and highest quality care to newborns in Qatar,” Dr. Al Rifai added.
Daam was established by an Emiri decree number 44, 2010, to collect, manage, distribute and measure the impact of the national social contribution fund.
“Daam is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of all Qataris, promoting the interests of Qatar and furthering the National Vision 2030 by providing support across sports, culture, social as well as charitable activities,” explained Daam President H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al Thani.
According to him, the purpose of Daam is to act as a responsible custodian for Qatar’s funds by directing the funds in ways that maximizes their impact and contribution to Qatar’s on-going growth and development.
“The social contribution fund is for the benefit of the people of Qatar and Daam is committed to being the best, most responsible custodian for those the funds,” he added.