This is a special blog about the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) from students of King Edward Medical University. The blog has no conflicts of interest and is strictly related to healthcare with no political affiliations/conflicts. We thank the Management of Shaukat Khanum Hospital for allowing us to visit their facility and interviewing the CEO and the Chairman.
Our journey started in the month of Ramazan, 2017, when by special invitation, we got the opportunity to attend the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Annual Fundraiser in Lahore. The event was a wonderfully organized gala, held in the grounds of the Hospital's main building, with the Chairman and Founder of the Hospital Imran Khan gracing the ceremony with his presence. From small kids emptying their piggy banks to well established industrialists contributing lacs, the ceremony was a heartwarming display of charity to help patients suffering from cancer.
|Team Kemunited with Imran Khan (from L to R): M. Mohsin, Moeed, Unsa, and Aneeqa|
We followed this with a visit to the Hospital's main building; a visit gracefully arranged by Ms. Saima Khan of Media & Public Relations deparment. During our visit we were informed about the history of the hospital, from its inception till present age. We were also shown the various departments in the hospital; from the nuclear medicine ward to the profoundly equipped research laboratories.
|A photo-walk through time: various celebrities came forward to contribute to the initial Shaukat Khanum Hospital cause|
|Now political arch-rivals, this picture shows Mian Nawz Sharif and Imran Khan at the inauguration ceremony of the first Shaukat Khanum Hospital; December 29, 1994|
|Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Imran Khan during a fundraiser ceremony|
|Many famous performers have contributed to the Shaukat Khanum Hospital cause over time by performing at fundraisers, both locally and abroad.|
|The Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Hospital recorded 236, 351 patient visits in 2016|
|Each Examination Room is well-equipped to facilitate patients as well as doctors performing physical examinations. Patient privacy is maintained in an effective manner.|
|At Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Financial Support is provided to all needy patients after a background check. Support depends on income, and as of 2016, almost 75% patients are supported financially at the hospital.|
Our journey led us to the Pediatrics Oncology ward, where we saw state-of-the-art facilities being provided to the brave little souls fighting with cancer. The kids are provided with daily meals catered to their needs as well as entertainment, perchance to distract their minds as they continue their brave onslaught against cancer.
|Despite the struggle they face at such a young age, these kids continue to smile, committed to beating cancer.|
|A kid battling cancer strikes up a stylish pose, resolving that he too, can and will achieve anything.|
|Factoid: The walls and roof of this room are 7 feet thick, to prevent radiation leaks.|
|These protective masks and body-wear are customized for the patient and are non re-usable.|
|The Pathology Lab is equipped with the latest equipment. Around 400 different tests can be performed here, and 5,015,237 tests were performed in the year 2016.|
We also learned about another very important aspect of the hospital: its electronic medical record system. SK boasts a self-engineered EMR system which emulates the system already in use in the United States. The system allows doctors to review all of the patients medical history and details, including drug dispensations. Uniquely, the system does not allow doctors to view the status of the patient with regards to financial support, thereby ensuring fair treatment without any undue bias or embarrassment for the patients.
Behind the Curtains: Interview of Dr Faisal Sultan
"You have to plan in order to achieve."
"Modern organizations do not order people."
"If we don’t measure things, we cannot have accountability."
The interview also marked the end of our visit to the hospital. All things considered, it was a hugely productive afternoon in one of the topmost hospitals in Pakistan. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, without a doubt, has managed to achieve more than anyone would have imagined in such a short duration of time. It is no longer just a hospital; it is an institution representing hope and quality health care for patients from all walks of life.
This brings us to an end to this blog. Do stay tuned for the second part, featuring the exclusive interview of Imran Khan, Chairman, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.