As you would expect, the Princess Máxima Center is managed in accordance with all legal and regulatory requirements and the principles for self-regulation laid out in the Dutch Governance Code for the Healthcare Sector. In addition, management of the organization is based on and attuned to the needs of children with cancer and their families, friends, school and social contacts.
The Princess Máxima Center is owned by a Cooperative with two members: the Parents, Children and Cancer Association (Vereniging Ouders, Kinderen en Kanker, VOKK) and the Dutch Society for Pediatric Oncology (Stichting Kinderoncologie Nederland, SKION). The Supervisory Board is responsible for legal governance. The Client Council plays a very important role in giving the Board of Directors advice from the patients’ perspective, while the Children’s Advisory Council ensures that children with cancer and former patients are proactively involved and represented in talks with management.
Naturally we have an active Works Council to protect the interests of all employees, as Dutch law requires. The Princess Máxima Center also has a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of internationally acclaimed scientists in the field of pediatric oncology, who support the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the research strategy.
The University Medical Center Utrecht is an important strategic partner and co-investor in the Princess Máxima Center. The Support the Princess Máxima Center Foundation has been established to raise and manage funds for research and additional services that are not covered by healthcare insurance.
The Princess Máxima Center is committed to open and responsible management in order to meet the needs of children with cancer, their parents and their communities. The Board of Directors strives to put that into practice, for example by conducting self-assessments and asking the Supervisory Board for feedback regarding the management of the organization. After all, good management begins with being receptive and willing to learn.