DAVAO CITY, May 1 (PNA) — After three years of construction, the Tebow Cure Hospital for physically disabled children formally opened to the public on Friday with a promise of continued investment on surgeries and the best free care for children of Mindanao.
Tebow Cure Hospital was completed last year and received its official operating license last December. The hospital was built in partnership with CURE International in collaboration generous donors, including the Tim Tebow Foundation and Sacred Harvest Foundation.
Leron Lehman, executive director of the hospital, disclosed the hospital has already done surgeries to 77 children since December. Currently, 10 children are still undergoing medical treatment.
Lehman disclosed it has three in-house orthopedic surgeons to perform surgeries to children with specialized needs. It has also specialized surgeons from Davao.
Tebow Cure Hospital is the first in Southeast Asia. Located in Lanang, it is a five-story, 30-bed facility with 3 operating rooms specializing in pediatric orthopedic surgeries. It specializes in orthopedic surgeries for conditions such clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lip/palate, untreated burns, or hydrocephalus and other physical birth defects.
USAID Office and American Schools and Hospitals Abroad shelled out 379,000 US dollars or P16 million grant for supplies and training of doctors for Tebow Cure Hospital. The hospital also received P4 million from Anflocor.
“It is our goal to continue to invest on this hospital, invest in surgeries, invest in best possible free care for children. We do surgeries in short time but bringing 30 years of comfort for children,” said Erik Dellenback, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. Each surgery at the Tebow CURE Hospital averages 2,000 dollars (USD).
Dellenback said the hospital provides a big impact to children with specialize needs that “we provide the big answer more than just providing physical care”.
“The Tim Tebow Foundation is so honored to be working with CURE International and so many incredible donors to make this hospital a reality,” Dellenback said, adding that “Tim, who was born in the Philippines, has always had great passion for this country and its amazing people.”
“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time,” said Dale Brantner, President & CEO of CURE International. “After many years of prayer and much hard work, we are thrilled to be able to say the Tebow CURE Hospital is officially open in this place, we will share the love of Jesus and bring physical healing to children and families who desperately need it,” he said.
The hospital was named after and partly funded by Philippine-born American football superstar Tim Tebow. Tim is the former New York Jets quarterback, who also occasionally plays for the Greater Boston-based New England Patriots, has decided to build the hospital here, in partnership with the Pennsylvania-based Cure International. Tebow is the son of an American missionary-couple, who spent years in the Philippines to spread the Gospel.