An official sod-turning ceremony on September 3rd marked the start of a three year multi-million rand building and renovations project at St Joseph’s Home (SJH) for Chronically Ill Children in Montana, Cape Town.
Described as a dream come true, Director Ms Thea Patterson said that the renovation of the Home took two years of intense planning, working with a wide range of experts defining the scope of the project, refining the design of the upgrade and still keeping within budget.
The R36 million project has been made possible through a generous overseas donation and will take three years to complete. The renovations will consist of the modernization of the existing five wards; the establishment of a therapeutic hub and a family/visitors’ area; the upgrade of the nurses’ home and the reception/admin area. Provision is also made for the landscaping of the ward gardens and certain outside areas.
“We were fortunate to have had excellent input from architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and consultants. After a year of preparatory work, the renovations have now officially started and will be completed by 2016. We are confident that this will contribute considerably to the improvement of our current facilities which are nearly fifty years old!” Ms Patterson said.
She said that SJH is ideally positioned to take on the new challenge of intermediate care service, based on a proven record of looking after children with life threatening conditions. This is also in line with the Home’s strategic thrusts of remaining relevant and sustainable as a financially viable non- profit enterprise which will attract much needed funding from donors and Government alike.
St Joseph’s Home (SJH) for Chronically Ill Children is a registered non-profit organization and a unique in-patient facility in the country that provides a wide range of paediatric, intermediate health care and related services. This holistic approach includes among others, a rehabilitation project (pilot), a nursing school, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, a crèche and logistical and pastoral support to families.
Children at SJH have all been diagnosed with life threatening and life limiting illnesses and are mostly from disadvantaged communities. Last year, more than 252 patients were treated through intensive rehabilitation programmes at the Home. Patients are mainly referred from state hospitals such as the Red Cross Children’s, Tygerberg and Groote Schuur Hospitals.
For more information, please contact: Alrika Hefers, Resource Development Manager on 021-934 0352