“Orion has been building well-being in Finland for the past 95 years.
Well-being in society begins with children and families – and children
who are ill also need the best possible treatment and care. Research and
development of new drugs and treatment methods is something that Orion
is constantly investing in. We are now also all very proud at Orion to
be able to offer our support in this way for the New Children’s Hospital
project,” says Paula Rytilä, Orion’s Medical Director.
The aim of the New Children’s Hospital 2017 project is to collect
from private and corporate donors a total of EUR 30 million towards the
construction of the new hospital. The amount of project funding from
central government is EUR 40 million, and HUS (Hospital District of
Helsinki and Uusimaa) is also providing EUR 40 million. Standard
corporate and institutional construction project financing arrangements
will add a further EUR 50 million.
More than EUR 3 million has already been raised in donations. Orion
is one of the major donors, which are officially defined in the project
as donors that contribute at least EUR 100,000.
“This type of financing model and hospital project is something quite
new. The objectives are ambitious, but this should help to drive us all
forward in this record-breaking Finnish fundraising project,” says HUS
Chief Medical Officer Markku Mäkijärvi, who is also on the board of the
association set up to organise the fundraising for the hospital project
(Uusi lastensairaala tukiyhdistys 2017 ry).
The idea is that the New Children’s Hospital will be as
child-friendly as it can be, not only in terms of the furniture and
facilities but also in regard to new ways of working.
“This is not just a building but a new operating concept. For every
child patient, we must ensure that things are as nice and easy as
possible, so that there is no reason to be scared or worried,” notes