Iconic Cape children's hospital reveals R46m modern, warm look

Today St Joseph’s Hospital for Chronically Ill Children in Montana revealed the handy work of a three-year-long renovation process that was made possible thanks to R46 million donation.

St Joseph’s one of the only children’s hospitals in the province catering to vulnerable youth with chronic diseases, IOL reports.

In fact, it is reportedly the only facility in Cape Town that caters for dedicated community-based paediatric in-patient rehabilitation services.

After receiving the donation from a private sponsor, the hospital began extensive renovations to transform the facility into child-friendly space.

St Joseph’s hospital director Tia Patterson explains what the money has enabled the 81-year-old facility to achieve.

She says the revamp has made the hospital more modern, removing the dark "institutional" feel.

It was in a beautiful condition but very old-fashioned. It was not modern or light-filled. It was quite dark.

Tia Patterson, St Joseph’s hospital director

The funds have also allowed the hospital to become warmer, and more comforting space for both the children and medical staff.

We dropped all the windows to child level, we made little bays where children can sit. All the frosted windows went, and there's now clear glass.

Tia Patterson, St Joseph’s hospital director

There are internal gardens and courtyards, the colours are bright. It's much more child-friendly.

Tia Patterson, St Joseph’s hospital director

Patterson says the private donor is an ex-South African living overseas who wishes to remain anonymous.

This is his legacy and his gift to St Joseph’s Hospital.

Tia Patterson, St Joseph’s hospital director

Take a listen to her describe the uplifting changes:

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