Inaugurated in July 1979, Ministro Costa Cavalcanti Hospital (HMCC) was initially built by Itaipu Binacional for the purpose of serving its own employees during the dam construction period.
With over 11,500 square meters of floor space before the inauguration of the newest wings, the hospital was designed to hold 174 beds, using a four-bed ward system. Between 1980 and 1982, it reached an average occupancy rate of 90%.
From 1991 on, with the conclusion of Itaipu dam construction work, and the resulting demobilization of third party personnel, some of the health care units ended up being deactivated. Since 1994, the hospital has been managed by the Fundação de Saúde Itaiguapy (Itaiguapy Health Foundation) and starting in 1996 the hospital began serving patients from the Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS (Brazilian Unified Public Health System). The hospital now has over 16,000 square meters of floor space.
Over the past five years, HMCC has been investing in the improvement of its facilities and technological resources, as well as in the training of its professionals and humanization of its healthcare.
In 2007, HMCC achieved a level 1 Hospital Certification, which serves as proof of its quality. The level 1 certification is based on hospital user and staff safety, and also demands compliance with basic requirements such as infrastructure and staff training.
Currently, Costa Cavalcanti Hospital ensures emergency room and high complexity hospital services to the entire population of Foz do Iguaçu and the surrounding area. The hospital maintains an agreement with Brazil’s Unified Public Health System (SUS) and has 200 beds, 120 for SUS users and 80 for private health plan and agreement users.
The hospital complex also provides a health clinic, with offices for outpatient care, laboratory analysis, blood bank, milk bank, and a specialized emergency trauma unit. HMCC is a stand out in terms of high complexity healthcare and is a point of reference for heart surgery and cancer treatment. Its Oncology Center provides radiotherapy, chemotherapy, an inpatient ward with space for 39 beds, six clinics, wound dressing and observation rooms, as well as a playroom for children under treatment for neoplasias.
Currently, 65% of hospital service at Costa Cavalcanti Hospital is provided to patients through the Unified Public Health System (SUS).
Ministro Costa Cavalcanti Hospital’s regional importance demands constant attention to the aspect of humanized service as well. Right after birth, babies stay in the room with their mothers and before leaving for home the parents are able to request their child’s birth certificate. This ensures that every newborn has an identification document.
Actions like these helped Costa Cavalcanti receive the title of Hospital Amigo da Criança (Child’s Friend Hospital) in 2005, awarded by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The hospital has been evaluated by a team from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Among the points they observed are the low rate of Cesarean births and the presence of an obstetrician and a pediatrician in the delivery rooms, as well as the encouragement of breastfeeding. Free classes are frequently given to pregnant women, with lectures by professionals from a variety of specialties – all in the effort to clarify and encourage woman about the importance of breastfeeding.
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