Mayor of Warsaw signed the foundation act for the South Hospital. After being enclosed in a special tube, it was walled up in a concrete block and placed in the spread foundation of the north-western part of the institution.
“Celebrations rooted in tradition, such as laying the foundation stone or topping out when the roof has been completed, represent major events for construction workers, engineers and architects. The former custom, which we are about to witness, is also very important to me and for the residents, as it means that the project is progressing at a good pace,” Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, said during the ceremony.
The South Hospital will be a new healthcare centre located in Ursynów District. The potential number of patients will be as many as 300,000 people (the residents of Warsaw’s southern districts, the Piaseczno District and the surrounding areas with good connections to Warsaw).
The hospital is being built on a 1.72 ha plot of land at the junction of rtm. Witolda Pileckiego and Indiry Gandhi Streets, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine and the Oncology Centre – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute.
The hospital's usable area will be over 42,000 sq m. The hospital will have nine units with 309 beds, including internal diseases, cardiology, gynaecology, obstetrics with neonatology ward, geriatrics, orthopaedics and surgery. In addition, the hospital building will house an emergency department and specialist clinics providing services in surgery, orthopaedics, cardiology, diabetology, urology, dermatology, gynaecology, psychology and gastroenterology. A landing area for rescue helicopters and car parks with about 400 spaces will be an integral part of the hospital building.
The construction of the hospital is being financed from the budget of the City of Warsaw. PLN 400 million has been allocated for the construction and fit-out. The project is expected to be completed by July 2019.