Why would the Vice President of a world renowned health informatics solutions company , fully dressed in a dark suit agree to get a bucket of water dumped on his head, then proceed to jump into a pool shouting: Donate to 57357?
The answer to this question lies in the special relationship between Cerner and 57357. It also lies with Mike Pomerance himself, the Vice President in question, whose humanitarianism and friendship with 57357 is an example to us all.
One of the milestones in the positioning of the Children’s cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE) as a leading international comprehensive pediatric cancer center is its application of the latest health informatics system which allows it to become a fully digital hospital. This is a pioneering initiative in the healthcare field in the Middle East; one that is setting a precedent and a benchmark for the delivery of quality healthcare. Thanks to its strong partnership with Cerner, the hospital was fortunate to benefit from the services of a top global supplier of intelligent healthcare information technology (HIT) solutions. Confident in 57357’s optimal use of its (HIT ) system, Cerner under the command of Pomerance, has recently committed to upgrade its presently applied system at the Hospital to its latest 2015 version. The system upgrade is taking place along with its application in some Hospitals in the U.S. The new system is more user-friendly, more speedy, and will guarantee a smooth integration of the ERP process with other system processes enabling more efficient planning and management of Hospital resources.
With Mike Pomerance as Managing Director for the Middle East, the relationship with 57357 transcends the mere business collaboration to also include the humanitarian dimension. Cerner has increased its charitable actions for the benefit of 57357’s children: In June, Cerner management and employees made animportant donation to the 57357 Foundation. In July, to reach out to 57357’s children with cancer in a special way, Cerner organized a competition for them, inviting them to create the most beautiful handmade greeting cards. It presented gifts to the winners and sent these cards to its clients.
As I watched the infamous video with the combination of the bucket and Mike Pomerance, I cannot but thank God for the numerous friends and partners 57357 is blessed with and their diverse ideas to rally the world around it!
Quoting from Wikipedia: The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014.