Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Maria Teresa visits KannerKlinik

Earlier today, The Grand Duchess visited KannerKlinik, Luxembourg's largest pediatric hospital. The Grand Duchess greeted the staff and visited with many young patients.

Physicians and staff prepared a presentation highlighting their achievements at the clinic. They also provided details for future projects. Together they discussed ways that the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse could assist. Half of the foundation's annual budget is earmarked for projects within The Grand Duchy.

It is fitting that the foundation of The Couple should aid the clinic. The Grand Ducal Family has a long history of supporting and promoting pediatric medicine in Luxembourg. Back in 1955 it was understood that Luxembourg needed a dedicated pediatric facility. La Clinique Pédiatrique Fondation Grand-Duc Jean et de la Grande-Duchesse Joséphine Charlotte opened in 1966. Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte funded the initial clinic as a wedding gift to the nation. This clinic served the pediatric needs of Luxembourg for 37 years. In 2003, a major expansion and renovation project was started. The newly revamped Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg - KannerKlinik opened in May 2009. The clinic now treats more than 59,000 pediatric cases each year.

A gallery of photographs is available, courtesy of Manuel Dias. A photo is also available on the website of the Cour Grand-Ducale.

Sources: Luxemburger Wort, Manuel Dias, Cour Grand-Ducale

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