Project Open Hearts is the community project and initiative of Centurion Day Hospital. Through this project we make much needed surgery possible for needy patients, in conjunction with specialist doctors and anaesthetists working Pro-Bono. On these special days the hospital makes our theatres and facilities available for the whole day to accommodate these day-procedures for patients of certain community organisations. Today there are so many patients whose lives can be changed by a day procedure but they simply can’t afford it. Through the open hearts and hands of the medical community in Gauteng, we hope to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients through Project Open Hearts.
Open Hearts Day: 8 September 2016
We are very grateful for the successful Project Open Hearts day we had together with the Pretoria branch of SADA (South African Dental Association) on 8 September 2016 for Oral Health Month. It was the 5th year that Centurion Day Hospital and this branch worked together, the first year in our new facilities. The SADA-Dentists visited a few community organisations as part of National Dental Health Month in September to identify kids in desperate need procedures. The dentists that performed the 11 procedures as part of Project Open Hearts are all members of this branch and did it free of charge because of Dental Health Month.
Some of the children that benefitted from this day comes from community organisations in and around Pretoria including El-Shalem in Centurion for children with severe disabilities and Smile of Joy who assists HIV positive orphans with dental procedures. Most of these children have to undergo dental procedures in hospital under anaesthetics because it would be too traumatic to have it done in a dental chair. Centurion Day Hospitals wants to alleviate the financial pressure on these organisations by giving these children the procedures they need at no cost.
Amori Booysen, the Smile of Joy clinical manager was full of praise for the hospital: “Smile of Joy HIV orphans oral care is deeply grateful for Centurion Day Hospital’s pro-bono treatment of 9 of the orphans and vulnerable children in need of theatre treatment. It is not just the relief of pain, but the gentleness, love and sincerity the children were treated with that made a huge impact in their lives”.
|Tshwane Beeld – 14 September 2016||Pretoria News – 24 September 2016||Centurion Rekord article – 16 September 2016|