City Hall opens Bruno Covas High Technology Center for Oncology Diagnostics and Intervention for highly complex treatments – City Hall

On Monday (16), the city of São Paulo took a big step towards improving the quality of health services in the city. The High-Tech Center for Oncology Diagnostic and Intervention, Bruno Covas Population, was delivered at the Municipal Hospital of Dr. Gilson de Cassia Marques de Carvalho, in Villa Santa Catarina, Southern District. The center will provide the citizens of São Paulo with highly complex treatment, with the implementation of robotics, which is unprecedented in the municipal network of the Unified Health System (SUS).

Mayor Ricardo Nunes handed over the center, clearly impressed, and said it was Mayor Bruno Covas’ dream that the city’s most needy people get the same quality of health care he got during his battle against cancer. Today’s date marks one year since the death of Mayor Bruno Covas, a victim of gastrointestinal cancer. He began negotiations to ensure comprehensive care for the disease, via SUS, in the municipality. At the time of his treatment, he felt the need to carry out the service with the management of the Municipal Health Service (SMS).

Mayor Ricardo Nunes saw the wish expressed by his predecessor as important.

“The City Hall team pursued a dream and today we achieve what Mayor Bruno has always sought. Today, May 16th, marks Bruno’s anniversary and our honor to deliver a cancer center with all the latest technology in the fight against his disease. This unit will honor the memory of Mayor Bruno. “Here is a place that will save many lives,” declared Ricardo Nunes.

For the state governor, Rodrigo Garcia, the partnership with the city council also made it possible to achieve the goal of Mayor Bruno Covas. “The center represents an idea, a dream and Bruno’s choices that are always remembered. We know it is a small step towards big challenges, but the road to serving the population most in need is no turning back and shows that we are working towards the next stage,” the governor emphasized.

The Bruno Covas High Technology Center for Oncology Diagnostic and Intervention will also serve as a learning center, with room for the dissemination of knowledge, and also has advanced robotic technology for surgeries. “The robot that will help with surgeries is the first of its kind in a Brazilian public hospital,” Mayor Ricardo Nunes said.

“We are equipping Santa Catarina Hospital to be a highly complex reference in the municipal network of São Paulo, and not just for oncology. This delivery represents a leap in the quality of healthcare for the residents of São Paulo. The resources that this equipment provides to the residents are endless. Thanks to the Avança Saúde programme, we are able to “The City Council has in recent years revolutionized the health of the city,” said Municipal Health Minister Luiz Carlos Zamarco.


With an outpatient capacity to care for 10,000 patients per month, the unit is run by Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein, who is already responsible for running the hospital. The physical structure of the cancer center, which is one of the post-pandemic legacies of the municipality, consists of 115 beds for clinical treatment and cancer surgery, 40 beds in intensive care units (ICUs), as well as 23 offices.

To provide the best diagnostic medicine services, the center has two computed tomography machines, one for magnetic resonance imaging, seven ultrasonic intervention rooms, a hysteroscopy room, a cystoscopy room, and two rooms for endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, and others. .

The service’s capacity includes performing more than 8,000 radiological examinations and 450 surgeries per month. Among other benefits of the new structure for cancer treatment, the high-cost oncology pharmacy within the unit, which is managed by the Department of Health, stands out.

According to Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira President Albert Einstein, Sidney Klajner, the partnership with City Hall allows the organization to give back the hospital’s know-how to the city’s residents.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be involved in this advancement in the health of people most in need. Einstein will serve the center in the same way that it provides consultations and diagnostics in its units. If some equipment has not yet been installed, citizens will be served in the Einstein Network,” Kleiner said. For us, it is not about gratitude, but rather a privilege from Einstein to help the city of São Paulo transform oncology into social inclusion,” added Albert Einstein Board Chairman Claudio Louise Lautenberg.


The total investment in the highly complex treatment unit was R$71 million – in total amounts committed by the City and State Council and the Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein. The city government invested R$35 million and the state health ministry invested another R$17 million. The Department of Surgical Operations has allocated an amount of R$ 19 million, including the amount related to the modern surgical robot, which is R$ 7 million.

Appointments will be organized by the organizational complex via the Siga / SMS platform, through health units and municipal hospitals. The Cross aims to organize the offer of available care according to the needs of the population using the public health system.

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