South Africa’s largest landlord Growthpoint Properties has opened its first specialised surgical hospital. The hospital is known as Cintocare Private Surgical Hospital.
Cintocare Hospital in the green Menlyn Main precinct is a tailor-made, high-performance clinical centre of excellence focused exclusively on head, neck, spinal and vascular surgery. Construction of the R470 million specialist surgical hospital began in July 2018 and, despite the COVID-19 lockdown, was completed on time at the end of 2020.
The hospital was built by Growthpoint Healthcare, which invests exclusively in and manages healthcare property assets in South Africa, including hospitals, clinics, biotechnology facilities and laboratories.
Growthpoint holds 61.8% of the Class A shares in Growthpoint Healthcare whilst the
remaining Class A shares are owned by a number of investment holders including institutional investors.
“Developing a world-class hospital is a major undertaking in itself, but doing so during the uncertainty of a pandemic intensified the complexity of the task,” says Michiel Gerber, Development Manager for Growthpoint.
“Every party involved in the construction rose to the challenge of managing the heightened risks to safely deliver the development of Cintocare, which is changing the future of healthcare properties in South Africa.”
The hospital is the first of its kind in many aspects.
Africa’s first certified green hospital, Cintocare incorporates numerous sustainable design and management features, earning a 5 Green Star Custom Healthcare design certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).
Healthcare facilities with green design have been found to deliver 15% faster recovery rates, a 22% reduction in need for pain medication, an 11% reduction in secondary infections, and an 8.5% reduction in hospital stays.
Cintocare is also South Africa’s first hospital to generate its own oxygen on demand using an installed PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) plant.
“We have a great partnership with Cintocare and are proud to be with them at the cutting edge of creating a new clinical model in South Africa. Together, we have pioneered and paved the way forward for specialist medical facilities in the country while establishing the specifications for a green building certification tool for local healthcare properties, which didn’t exist before this development,” says Estienne de Klerk, SA CEO, Growthpoint Properties.
“For Growthpoint, this project is about much more than a building; it is about creating a positive experience for all Cintocare users in a place of healing and wellness.”
Its medical professionals are supported by state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Disciplines offered include neuro and spinal surgeons, maxillofacial and oral surgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons and a vascular surgeon, as well as specialist physicians, paediatricians and intensivist. Its services include radiology, pathology, physiotherapy, audiology and speech and swallowing therapy.
Care is woven into every detail of the hospital’s design. For instance, the swooping shading along the building’s impressive glass façade is crafted to evoke spinal vertebra found in the neck, reflecting its inner purpose while also being functional.