Why Center of Excellence?
To create a Center of Excellence for victims of trauma from Ukraine. The Center will provide world class treatment and care for an optimal quality of life.
To create a Center of Excellence in Poland to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers and refugees that in the future will contribute to re-establishment of care in Ukraine. Primary components of this center will be physical and mental rehabilitation, development of training programs for those functions, and research on improvements identified from these activities. The longer-term implications for this center could contribute to the Central and Eastern European region – including Ukraine.
This immediate mission will broaden as quickly as possible to an expanded mission that includes other trauma and Ukrainian refugees as well as soldiers and will result in an operating Center for Excellence for Polytrauma in Poland. Start-up actions for the expanded program will begin in March 2023 and will continue on a fast-start basis governed by the pace of the war.
The immediate mission is to provide treatment for Ukrainian soldiers who have suffered amputations. Completion of a pilot project and launching of a full program for soldier-amputees is planned for May 2023.
"We are creating a concept that will be successfully introduced throughout Europe in the future."
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This initiative has begun with a limited number of Ukrainian soldiers as the first patients for both physical and mental rehabilitation. Focus on Ukrainian soldiers was decided for several reasons, the most important being a request from the Ukrainian government to facilitate in providing prosthetics for their soldiers, who are amputees, and also help in providing mental health services.
Tasks supporting the Immediate Mission
the logistics and protocols for transfer of patients across the Polish-Ukrainian border; establish delivery of physical and mental health rehabilitation services based on international guidelines.
protocols and processes for transfer of patients back to Ukraine including telehealth services; and finally develop a scalable and sustainable plan and budget.
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Tasks supporting the Expanded Mission
Ultimately the plan is to develop a program that is transferable and sustainable in the Ukraine once combat operations have ceased.
In the interim there will be a phased approach to establish the appropriate processes for transport of patients; physical and mental health treatment; and implementation of training programs.
Experts from the US, Poland and Ukraine will be coordinated into working groups to adapt clinical guidelines that are appropriate for the local reality.
In parallel to the providing clinical treatment to the Ukrainians affected by the war the COE will work diligently to expand ongoing clinical trials in polytrauma, rehabilitation and mental health in order to advance medical knowledge and practice.
Proposed by the Center of Excellence
Implement guidelines for establishing a physical and mental rehabilitation program
Create train trainer programs in physical and mental health rehabilitation
Serve as main center for coordinating research in polytrauma
Develop a telehealth rehabilitation program to increase access for patients and serve as source of reputable information for healthcare professionals
Adapt and implement culturally sensitive guidelines for physical and mental health rehabilitation
We work with professionals
managed to the best standards of the National Center for PTSD and Veteran Affairs
Future Growth of this Program
The Center of Excellence will evolve into a regional Center and provide expertise in clinical care, research and development, and continuing education for healthcare practitioners. Involving Polish and Ukrainian experts at the onset of this project will ensure the sustainability and development of innovations and better future from major crises of all types.
In the Future
Partners of the Program
National Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Institute
Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration
Medical Society of Virginia
Baylor College of Medicine
National Center for PTSD, VA
Psychiatry and Neurology Institute
Ernst & Young
Knights of Columbus
About Alliance for Innovation
The mission of the Polish-American Foundation is to develop Polish-American cooperation based on three pillars: science, culture and business.
Polish and American members of the Alliance for Innovation have business and academic experience. Alliance for Innovation has experience and a base of contacts in Poland-Virginia-Wisconsin- Florida-Washington.
The Foundation carries out its mission by creating a network of leaders and experts, cooperating with Polish and American government institutions and non-governmental organizations:
supporting the implementation of Polish and American priorities related to innovation, development and introduction of new products and services
supporting the globalization process of Polish companies and projects through effective use of its network of connections and relations
focusing on projects implemented on the city-to-city and state-to-state levels.
Center of Excellence is a project of Alliance for Innovation a nonprofit 501c3 organization.
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