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Lenmed Royal Hospital and Heart Centre celebrates first birthday

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Lenmed’s Royal Hospital and Heart Centre in Kimberley recently celebrated its first anniversary in the city.

Dr Willem Reyneke (general surgeon), Ilse Smalberger and Dr Theo Smalberger (oncologist), Maretha Mineur and Dr Bob Mineur (specialist physician). Picture: Supplied

Lenmed’s Royal Hospital and Heart Centre in Kimberley recently celebrated its first anniversary in the city.

Prakash Devechand, Chairman of the Lenmed Group, said at the event that the Lenmed story was deeply rooted in the historical landscape of Southern Africa.

“The hospital group’s story began during South Africa’s troubled times of Apartheid, in 1984, when the first Lenmed Clinic opened its doors in Lenasia. This was unheard of at a time when a large sector of South African society was being deprived of decent medical care. Lenmed Clinic in Lenasia would eventually become the group’s flagship facility, Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital, which stands proudly today as a testament to Lenmed’s excellence in clinical care.”

“Our our newest contributor to our firsts – Royal Hospital and Heart Centre performed the first open heart surgery, opened the first cardiac catheterization laboratory, cardiac theatre and radiation oncology unit in the province.”

Devchand pointed out that Royal Hospital and Heart Centre’s story began in 2015, “it was right on this spot where we broke ground and began the build of this incredible structure”.

“Just over two years later we opened our doors to our first patient and tonight we celebrate just over a year of providing Kimberley and surrounds with unique, dedicated and compassionate healthcare.”

Devchand stated that in the past year, the Royal Hospital and Heart Centre, had impacted the lives of over 5000 people admitted to the hospital, assisted over 7000 patients in the accident and emergency unit and welcomed almost 300 new lives into the world.

“Our partnerships, both internally and externally, have aided our success. When Kimberley experienced a water crisis, the fire department stepped up and assisted us and when licences and inspections have been required, the department of health has been instrumental in helping us.”

He thanked the staff for helping the hospital impact over 14000 lives over the past year.