The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) launched the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
The event is a celebration not only of the vision of South African President Nelson Mandela but those that have given towards creating a living legacy through their hard work, donations and passionate commitment.
Over the past 11 years the NMCHT, led by CEO Sibongile Mkhabela, has spearheaded the business case development, feasibility study, design and construction and commissioning of the hospital.
The NMCHT together with its donors, trustees, partners, officials and children are delighted to be celebrating this important milestone in honour of Madiba’s legacy on the eve of the 3rd anniversary of his passing.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is the newest, dedicated Paediatric Hospital located in Parktown Johannesburg. This specialist, referral only, tertiary facility will have 200 beds and centres of excellence in Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery, Haematology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurosciences and General Paediatric Surgery services. The hospital will be integrated into the referral network of the academic hospitals throughout South Africa.
What makes the hospital unique is its inclusive healthcare model, serving patients both in the public and private health care system; it’s child-centred and family-orientated ethos that permeates the architecture, design, decoration, and facilities available to patients, their care-givers and staff; its funding model, and the capacity building and professional skills development focus.
“We are ending 2016 on a celebratory note,” says CEO Sibongile Mkhabela, “And are looking forward to 2017. A key part of our vision is to build Paediatric healthcare capacity and we will therefore open our facility in phases. We are in the process of completing the equipment commissioning phase and the recruitment processes. As we build our team, we will also be testing our business processes and systems. When we are satisfied that the first patient can be safely admitted, we will begin accepting patients, mainly in for dialysis and radiology treatments.”
This event marks the ending the planning and preparation stage of the hospital project and beginning the journey of treating patients and giving them, their families and our continent hope and a better future.
Ms Nana Makgomola, Deputy Chairperson of the Trust adds: “For all of us who knew Madiba, we knew he was happiest when he was healing little hearts. This event, this moment, is a continuation of his love, and commitment to the welfare of South African children. It is another great milestone as we walk this path of hope and change together.”