The level of ambition of the Princess Máxima Center is very high. Our aim is to cure as many children and adolescents with cancer as quickly possible, while maintaining their quality of life, so that it will be easy for them to find their place in society. We have translated these ambitions into the following mission: The Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology wants to cure every child with cancer while maintaining their quality of life. The first thing that strikes you as you walk around in the Princess Máxima Center is that there is a huge sense of inspiration, a passion to be the best and to provide the optimum level of care for children with cancer and the people around them. All employees - from specialists to nurses, from the cooks to the volunteers - want to excel and genuinely want to be close to the children to help them. It is therefore not without reason that our core values are to be:
Our core values are the shortest possible summary of what the Princess Máxima Center stands for: we go further than others have ever gone, and we do that with all our heart and soul.
Another unique aspect is the way in which we support and place the child and family in the middle of everything. Even when ill, we want the children to develop as normally as possible and the children and their families to lead as 'normal' life as possible. And we want to involve families as much as possible when arranging care and give them control over the care provided. We offer all kinds of facilities in the building, especially for children and parents. For example, there are parent-child units so that parents can always stay with their child, and the living rooms where parents can prepare their own meals. There is a construction playground and a music room. All this falls under the umbrella of developmental care.
Medical, nursing and paramedical professionals always work proactively together in order to stimulate the development of children within the family as much as possible. The support staff and researchers are also always well aware of this in their work. Facility Services (e.g. food) are also fully aligned to the needs and wants of children and families. Parents and children have also actively participated in the development of services and facilities and have indicated what they wanted.