Stiftelsen Nya Barnsjukhusets Stöd – Uuden Lastensairaalan Tukisäätiö
For many years, it has been apparent that the existing Children’s Hospital in Helsinki is outdated and partly not suitable for its purpose. A support association (Uusi Lastensairaala Tukiyhdistys 2017) was established in 2012 for raising money for a new hospital. In 2013, a support foundation (Stiftelsen Nya Barnsjukhusets Stöd – Uuden Lastensairaalan Tukisäätiö) (the ”Foundation”) was registered. The purpose of the Foundation is to build and own the new hospital and to lease it to the hospital operator (Helsingin ja Uudenmaan Sairaanhoitopiiri or “HUS”). The structure of the project is unique – the financing is based on the support from the Finnish Government, HUS, bank loans, and donations from the public. To date, private and corporate donors have donated more than EUR 38 million to the new hospital, which is unprecedented in respect to both the value and timing. The Foundation has also been able to enter into a number of valuable in-kind arrangements with respect to IT-applications, licences, building materials, etc. The first part of the New Children’s Hospital is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and the hospital will be taken into use by the end of 2018.
Hannes Snellman has contributed to the project on a pro bono basis through the Foundation and its governing bodies.