Focus on the University Hospital of Martinique


How to be treated in Martinique ? The University Hospital of Martinique is a public health establishment which offer a triple mission of research, eand education treatment.

The CHU of Martinique is divided into 7 hospitals, what do you need to know about this essential structure of the island of flowers? WIA introduces you to one of its key partners in this article.

A strong player in the health sector in Martinique

Since 2013, the merger of the hospitals of Fort de France, Lamentin and Trinidad, the CHU of Martinique has ensured the grouping of 6 separate hospitals: the Albert Clarac Hospital, the Emma Ventura Center, the Pierre Zobda Quitman Hospital, the House of the Woman of the Mother and Child, the hospital of Mangot Vulcin and the Louis Domergue Hospital.

The CHU of Martinique is a structure that meets the local population’s needs while ensuring specific public health missions and the management of serious or complex pathologies.

The institution fights to defend the founding the founding values of the public health service:

  • Provide equal care in all circumstances;
  • To allow the permanence and the continuity of care as well as the prevention in health matters;
  • Work towards good treatment;
  • To provide users with quality, safety and satisfaction

The Ministry of Health, together with the High Authority for Health, has chosen to set up a ” system of quality and safety indicators for care in all health establishments. “.

In Martinique, the University Hospital has also committed to collecting and monitoring quality indicators.

It is a way for the institution to respond in a transparent and comprehensive way to the need for information from patients and the general public about the quality of care delivered,

But also to have effective management tools in order to constantly improve its health care offer.

For all these reasons, the entire CHUM hospital community is aware of the need to continuously improve the quality and safety of care in its facilities.

Key CHUM projects

A Caribbean Institute of Nuclear Imaging at the CHUM

The project of the Caribbean Institute of Nuclear Imaging jointly led by ARS Martinique the CTM (Territorial Community of Martinique) and the CHUM (Hospital of the Martinique University) has known last January a significant progress.

Indeed, an agreement has been reached between all the partners involved in the realization of this project.

The institute has the advantage of grouping all the equipment on the same site: a cyclotron and a #TEPScan in order to detect more easily cancers and cardiovascular diseases for the patients of Martinique, the Caribbean and beyond. In addition, the Caribbean Institute of Nuclear Imaging will also help develop the research sector in the Caribbean. ICIN could even place Martinique in the top 10 worldwide for this type of equipment.

The policy of the CHU of Martinique

Since 1973, CHU of Martinique is engaged in a policy of cooperation in the Caribbean. The latter aims to receive and provide care for patients in critical or special situations from territories where there is not enough care available.

The CHU of Martinique contributes to the training and education of health professionals. It is therefore an essential player in the development of the inter-regional offer.

The CHUM, under the aegis of the Commission Médicale d’Etablissement, has appointed a special commission entirely dedicated to medical cooperation. The mission of this commission is to contribute to the harmonious exchange of medical know-how and knowledge, but also to develop partnership relations with universities and hospitals recognized in the Caribbean. The goal is also to develop, with all the partners involved, a real cooperation in terms of health, training, education and medical transport. This institutional project is supposed to respond comprehensively to several medical concerns shared by all the Caribbean islands.

The major challenges of health cooperation

Health cooperation is currently one of the most concrete responses to managing common medical issues.

Prevention and health education, health crisis management, hospital cooperation (heavy equipment, major specialties), management of major natural hazards, as well as the management of common regional diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and HIV/AIDS are particularly concerned.

Other pathologies are highly regulated with regard to the risks they represent for public health, such as rare autoimmune diseases, rare neuromuscular and neurological diseases, sickle cell anemia, congenital cardiovascular pathologies and nephrological, environmental and accidental diseases. This cooperation includes sustained training and development of paramedical and medical health care workers and the organization of the medico-social sector.

The CHUM’s centres of attraction

You are wondering what are the poles of attractiveness of the CHU of Martinique?

Here is a list to discover:

  • Cardiology,thoracic and cardiovascular surgery: congenital and pediatric interventional cardiology, extracorporeal circulatory assistance, modern techniques for percutaneous treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, percutaneous aortic valve implantations;
  • Medical imaging: telemedicine projects in oncology and neurology. Next installation of a cyclotron;
  • ENT: expanded activity covering all surgical indications. Endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid), cochlear implants in deep deafness, ENT oncology, salivary gland surgery;
  • Cancerology: implementation of telemedicine effective in some Caribbean territories. Telemedicine project in oncology and neurosurgery. Brachytherapy and other modern treatments;
  • Ophthalmology: specialized consultation in pediatric ophthalmology, diabetology and neuro-ophthalmology. Cataract, retina and strabismus surgery;
  • Emergency-Anesthesia-Resuscitation: admission in critical care, disaster medicine, emergency medicine, hyperbaric medicine, plasmapheresis, heavy anesthesia, but also anesthesia for ambulatory surgery;
  • Neurosurgery: benign brain and spinal tumor pathologies (meningiomas, neurinomas, pituitary adenomas, hydrocephalus), biopsy and neuro-navigation, arteriography, radiosurgery, spinal surgery, chronic pain surgery;
  • Clinical hematology: diagnosis and conventional care of hematological malignancies: myeloma, lymphoma, chronic leukemia, myeloproliferative syndromes, myelodysplasia, transfusions and chemotherapies…
  • Rare neuromuscular diseases: CERCA (Caribbean Reference Center for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases) already has a strong cooperative activity with Saint Lucia in particular. Its expertise in rare neurological diseases is renowned throughout the Caribbean;
  • Pediatrics: the MFME is the only inter-regional pediatric hospital and hosts the Woman-Mother-Child pole, which includes obstetrics, oncology and prenatal diagnosis;

Other departments involved: urology, virology and its laboratory, public health and pharmacy, the sickle cell disease center, the infectious and tropical diseases department, nephrology, endocrinology, internal medicine, geriatrics, digestive surgery, internal medicine-rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and the burn treatment center.

Short and medium term perspectives?

The CHUM is working hard to improve its various management systems. Therefore, it considers:

  • To conclude inter-state agreements related to the public hospital assistance of foreign nationals, especially from Saint Lucia and Dominica
  • To set up a common fund for the care of the most needy patients
  • Improve emergency response
  • To maintain privileged exchanges of information with its neighbors and to regularly welcome foreign doctors in training
  • To simplify urgent or scheduled air transport
  • To improve the reception conditions for patients and their families
  • To set up joint research programs
  • To improve the management of foreign patients
  • To deploy an institutionalized collective medical cooperation
  • To develop medical tourism

Like the CHU of Martinique, the experts of West Indies Assistance believe that medical cooperation is one of the most appropriate responses to manage the many common challenges of the greater Caribbean region.

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