Pančevo Hospital serves around 300,000 people across the South Banat region.
SAMA first visited Pančevo Hospital during our trip to Serbia in October 2016. The conditions at the hospital in Pancevo were absolutely below the minimum requirements for any type of health care facility. The internal medicine and hospital reception departments were in a particularly bad state, with poor sanitary conditions, water leaks in a number of places, and old and inadequate furniture. Both of these departments were in desperate need of major renovations, however the cost of these projects was well beyond SAMA’s means Following our visit, we met with Dr. Slobodan Ovuka, director of the hospital to discuss a possible collaboration with SAMA, We learned that government funding had been secured, for renovation, which were scheduled to begin in 201 -2018.
During this discussion, it was brought to our attention that the urology department lacked a functional ultrasound system. Instead urology patients were taken to the radiology department, which is quite remote, even for basic diagnostic screenings. In 2016, the hospital performed 1,600 ultrasound screenings for urology patients through the radiology department. Having a new ultrasound system will greatly assist hospital staff by increasing access to ultrasound screenings, improving the quality of treatment, and providing greater patient comfort overall.
In July 27, 2017, the new Mindray DC-N3 Ultrasound System was delivered. The new system will greatly improve the quality of health care for patients, enabling doctors to provide complete diagnostic treatments within the Urology Department. The funds for this donation were collected at the SAMA Walk in Washington DC and the SAMA-Canada Walk in Toronto, Canada.