CCCL and AUBMC Sign New Agreement
September 12, 2011
On the 19th day of April 2000, a Tripartite Agreement was entered among three Partners: The American University of Beirut (AUB), The Children Cancer Center of Lebanon and St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee U.S.A (SJCRH) for an in-patient / out-patient unit for the treatment of Cancer to be The Children Cancer Clinic (CCC). The Tripartite Agreement was updated consequent to about a decade of experience in the field of strategic cooperation in addressing such a major challenge, the treatment of children with cancer diseases. The Tripartite Agreement has now become a Quadripartite Agreement, as ALSAC, the Funding arm of St. Jude Children Research Hospital has joined, fulfilling the pledge of Dany Thomas, the Founder of St. Jude, to have an affiliation in his home country Lebanon. On this very day, Monday, September 12, 2011 the signature of the new Agreement, a renewed step towards excellence in providing services to the community in Lebanon and the region, had lieu between AUB represented by Dr. Peter Dorman, President and Dr. Mohamed H. Sayegh, VP for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Mr. Paul Eddé Chairman of the Children Cancer Center of Lebanon in the presence of the leadership of AUB as well the Board of Directors of the CCCL. The ceremony witnessed the rededication of all parties to this agreement, as well as their continued commitment to the pursuit of this noble mission, stressing on the priority role of AUBMC in medical operations and research; and the important task of CCCL in raising funds. St. Jude Children Research Hospital (SJCRH) and the American University of Beirut Medical Center will closely monitor the medical operations at the CCCL, promoting the medical facilities to the highest standards, aligned to those of AUBMC and St. Jude. The Children Cancer Center of Lebanon Foundation shall develop a fundraising strategy, to ensure the attainment of additional funds, responding to the ever increasing cost of treatment and the increased number of patients. From a budget of $2.5 million in year 2002 to a budget of $12 million in year 2011, the partners are closely following the development of the center and their collaboration and involvement is giving the center’s staff the will and determination to give their best and elevate CCCL to even higher standards. In addition, a tremendous amount of effort is being placed on identifying the key areas for improvement to evolve CCCL’s strategy forward to take it to the heights identified for the future most efficiently and effectively. Knowing that the treated number of children has increased from 70 cancer patients in 2002 to 766 till date, in addition to more than 800 for sickle cells and hematology and more than 1,500 consultations, the Foundation was setting various steps to cope with this demand for treatment and had obtained the ISO certification in 2008 and it is in preparation for its Endowment fund to be launched in tandem with the AUBMC 2020 vision which will position AUBMC as the leading academic medical center in Lebanon and the region by delivering excellence in patient-centered care, outstanding education and innovation in research. As one of the Centers of Excellence at AUBMC, the CCCL will play a pivotal role in bringing AUBMC closer to its vision. AUBMC and CCCL are focusing on the values necessary to motivate their team, preparing strategic partnerships to reach excellence and continuous improvement in the quality of medical and financial services offered to the children and to fulfill their vision of maintaining CCCL as a state of art center for cancer treatment and reference hub for Lebanon and the region.