ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S

A bridge from hospital to home, where we believe that every medically fragile child has the right to excellent holistic healthcare, delivered in the spirit of Christian love and devotion.

With a Western Cape population of over 6.2 million, St. Joseph’s is the only non-profit institution offering this service. Located in Montana, Cape Town, it serves severely vulnerable communities. It is St. Joseph’s belief that no child should be left behind because of the circumstances they were born into, or their need for ongoing care after hospital. Children should also not be confined to a hospital environment longer than necessary.

The journey of a St. Joseph’s child starts at a referral hospital or a community-based facility where they are treated for a chronic or life-limiting condition. If the child is not well enough to go home after their treatment, St. Joseph’s is the transitional care facility, becoming their home until they have optimally recovered. The St. Joseph’s staff work closely with the referral team to optimise the recovery process.

The child’s needs are central to our thinking and practice. On average, a patient spends 6 months at St. Joseph’s, receiving 24-hour nursing care, rehabilitation therapy and psycho-social support. All these services are provided free of charge.

The St. Joseph’s holistic approach includes nutritional, psycho-social, logistical, educational and spiritual support to facilitate the recovery process.

The empowerment and educating of parents helps them to understand their child’s medical condition and improves medication adherence on discharge.

At St. Joseph’s we believe all children should be protected and feel safe. In 2021 the Child Protection Strategy was developed.

WHY WE EXIST

There are insufficient, inadequate services for children with complex medical and rehabilitative needs who are:
• Not well enough to go home
• Not sick enough to stay in an acute hospital

Vision

St. Joseph’s strives to become a Centre of Excellence in intermediate care for child and adolescent health.

Mission / Core Purpose

To provide transitional health care for medically fragile children, aligned with the needs of the time.

Values

Governance, Accountability, Honesty, Compassion and Respect

Ethos

We believe that every medically fragile child has the right to excellent holistic healthcare, delivered in the spirit of Christian love and devotion.

Stakeholders / Partners

• Western Cape Government Department of Health and Wellness
• Pallottine Association

Strategic Focus Areas

• Post-acute medical care
• Restorative / rehabilitation
• Palliative care • Respite care
• Augmented services

OUR HISTORY

1935

1960s

2024

The Beginning

St. Joseph’s (SJH) was founded by a group of Pallottine Missionary Sisters who came to South Africa from Germany. Their first missionary stations were schools, nursery schools, sewing classes, district nursing and orphanages. Five of the sisters started SJH in 1935, when Catholic Bishop Francis Hennemann obtained an empty Presbytery in Philippi. Eleven patients were accommodated, with the veranda serving as a ward for those with TB.

Growing

In 1948, a 2-storey building, and chapel was added increasing the number of children who could be accommodated to 135. SJH largely cared for long-term orthopaedic patients and provided primary education, handcrafts and vocational training skills. The Group Areas Act necessitated a move to the existing premises in Montana, in 1967. Its modern circular chapel and high pointed cross is the building’s centre point and acts as a constant source of Christian inspiration for the sisters, staff and children.

Today

Today, SJH is a 175-bed facility providing multidisciplinary, transitional care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, like Cerebral Palsy, infectious diseases, traumatic brain injury, neurology and oncology. SJH has been a bridge between hospital and home to 25 000 medically fragile children for over 80 years. The child’s needs are central to everything we do. Services are free, provided in a caring and nurturing environment in an atmosphere of Christian love.

1935

The Beginning

St. Joseph’s (SJH) was founded by a group of Pallottine Missionary Sisters who came to South Africa from Germany. Their first missionary stations were schools, nursery schools, sewing classes, district nursing and orphanages. Five of the sisters started SJH in 1935, when Catholic Bishop Francis Hennemann obtained an empty Presbytery in Philippi. Eleven patients were accommodated, with the veranda serving as a ward for those with TB. 

1960s

Growing

In 1948, a 2-storey building, and chapel was added increasing the number of children who could be accommodated to 135. SJH largely cared for long-term orthopaedic patients and provided primary education, handcrafts and vocational training skills. The Group Areas Act necessitated a move to the existing premises in Montana, in 1967. Its modern circular chapel and high pointed cross is the building’s centre point and acts as a constant source of Christian inspiration for the sisters, staff and children.

2024

Today

Today, SJIPC is a 175-bed facility providing multidisciplinary, transitional care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, like Cerebral Palsy, infectious diseases, traumatic brain injury, neurology and oncology. SJIPC has been a bridge between hospital and home to 25 000 medically fragile children for over 80 years. The child’s needs are central to everything we do. Services are free, provided in a caring and nurturing environment in an atmosphere of Christian love.