University Children’s Hospital of Cracow (UCH) is a direct successor of the first Polish pediatric ward (1835), pediatric department (1864), pediatric hospital (1876) and the third in the world – after Florence (1802) and Vienna (1850) – Chair of Pediatrics.
The original hospital building was constructed and equipped using funds donated by Americans of Polish extraction (1965); its extension and supplies of further equipment were financed by U.S. government grants (1974-96). American funds administered since 1974 by Project HOPE, were gradually diminishing to an amount allowing for carrying out a single program and were terminated in 2000. Nevertheless, during the golden era of the hospital’s collaboration with Project HOPE, millions of US dollars were spent on the construction of new wings housing laboratories, a rehabilitation facility and an outpatient department, on new equipment, exchange programs with visits of US consultants to Poland and fellowships of Polish physicians, nurses, lab personnel and the like in leading American pediatric health care institutions, organization of postgraduate courses that eventually brought to Cracow participants from all over the country and – last, but not least – subscription of pediatric periodicals. The hospital, known at the time under the Polish name of “Institute of Pediatrics” was referred to by everyone as “Polish-American Children’s Hospital” and officially adopted that name.
Changes in the Polish health care system introduced in 1999 resulted in the hospital being divided into two separate components: Polish-American Institute of Pediatrics, an element of Jagiellonian University Medical College, involved in pre and postgraduate teaching and research, and University Children’s Hospital of Cracow, an independent legal body, involved in patient treatment.
Nowadays, our hospital is a tertiary care referral center for the most severely ill patients from all over Poland. We manage children with the most advanced forms of various neoplastic diseases, burns, congenital defects, or neonates with extremely low birth weight. Our hospital offers services in all pediatric and surgical specialties. UCH is also a teaching base involved with research and education for students of medicine, pharmacy, medical analytics, public health, nursing and other medical specialties.
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265 Wielicka Street, 30-663 Krakow, Poland
Phone number: +48 12 658-20-11 (general number)