Where Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Muthaiga
About Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital
Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is a charitable trust, meaning that all profits are ploughed back into the hospital. It is run by a Board of Trustees who offer their services voluntarily in the day-to-day running of the hospital since they are responsible for all policy decisions. They do not receive any rewards or emoluments for the charitable work they do. Whereas paying patients provide the main monies for the hospital’s routine management, Gertrude’s is often reliant on donors for the purchase of the expensive paediatric equipment it requires to remain an up-to-date organisation. Any appeals for funds are almost always for the charitable work to which the hospital is committed. It is interesting to note that for the recent building extensions, Gertrude’s ‘went it alone’, shouldering the entire expense out of its own investments. Gertrude’s officially marked its Diamond Jubilee on April 8, 2008.
This celebration fittingly marked the formal opening of the new Outpatient Department, inclusive of the Accident & Emergency unit and the Doctors’ Plaza. For an organisation that began in 1947 with few staff and only 16 beds, this was a significant occasion, as Gertrude’s is now able to offer a genuine one-stop paediatric centre that can provide almost every available treatment that a child might need. It was indeed a fitting time to remember with thanks all those who have subscribed in the past, and those who continue to do so into the future, to create this unique centre of paediatric excellence in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Today: Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital stands on the site of the Sandbach Bakers’ house and is the theme of the Muthaiga Panel. The Panel shows the hospital, and surrounded by the children he loves, Ewart Grogan, Kenya’s Grand Old Man and elder statesman, who is as famous today for his part in building the country as for his epic journey from the Cape to Cairo.
GERTRUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
34 MUTHAIGA RD, NAIROBI