The Clinix Health Group, the largest private healthcare operator in community townships, will soon break ground in Soweto with its seventh hospital being built in Protea Glen.
This new hospital will boost the Group’s footprint to include 1,700 beds around South Africa.
The new hospital will be named after the late medical pioneer and anti-apartheid icon, Dr Nthato Motlana, who played a formidable role in establishing a medical scheme and a private clinic to serve the needs of the disadvantaged Soweto community in the 1980s. It was at this time that the clinic opened its doors to casualties of the civil unrest – typical of that era. This clinic paved the way for the Clinix Health Group, which was formed in 1992 from the vision of Dr Motlana, alongside Dr Godfrey Pitje, R Maponya and 35 other doctors who were determined to offer the people of Soweto quality medical treatment, after being excluded under the previous government.
“Throughout the expansion of Clinix Health Group, we have remained true to our founding oath of providing quality patient care, friendly service, and community upliftment by establishing good relationships with healthcare professionals and government,” said Chairman of the Clinix Health Group Board, Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba.
“We are proud to be breaking ground on our seventh hospital, as it enables us to significantly expand our healthcare services to the people of Soweto,” continued Dr Ntsaluba.
The first phase of the new hospital is expected to be completed and operational by 2019.
The Clinix Health Group has come a long way since the opening of its first hospital in 1994. The Group’s flagship hospital was Clinix Botshelong Empilweni Private Hospital that opened with 104 beds. Today, the Group has over 1,500 beds nationwide including Gauteng locations in Selby, Diepkloof, Dobsonville, Vosloorus and Vereeniging. Further north, Clinix has also established a hospital in Mafikeng.
“While growth is exciting, it is the lives that we touch that matter the most. In the last year alone, we treated more than 76,000 patients, and delivered 3,669 babies into the world. Everything we do as a Group has the communities that we serve at our core. To that end, we are also adamant about employing from within the community,” said Dr Ntsaluba.
“To date, 95% of the Clinix Health Group’s nursing, cleaning and administration staff come from the local communities. It is also encouraging to see more local doctors, surgeons, and medical specialists joining our Group,” concluded Dr Ntsaluba.