ABOUT NELSPRUIT HOSPICE

Nelspruit Hospice is a non-profit organisation that provides quality home-based palliative care to people with life-threatening illnesses. We have Professional Nurses who are palliative-care trained and who provide physical, psycho-social and spiritual support regardless of race, disease, religion or socio-economic situation.

DSC_6234

OUR HISTORY

Nelspruit Hospice was constituted in November 2005. It took the first seven months of 2006 to raise the necessary funding to train and hire a professional nurse with palliative care training, as well as recruit and train twenty volunteers, apply for government approvals and secure office space.

In August 2006, we opened our offices at 7 Rothery Street in Nelspruit, and started providing nursing care and volunteer support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Since then we have raised over R3 000 000.00, achieved a Four-Star Hospice rating from the Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA, treated 400 patients and conducted regular training for volunteers and staff

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Nelspruit Hospice’s vision is to provide holistic treatment to terminally ill patients for whom no cure is available. Treatment is aimed at support and tender care of the patients by palliative nursing targeted at pain and symptom control. Everybody has the right to die with dignity in a caring environment.

Hospice affirms life and recognises dying as a normal process. We neither hasten nor postpone death, but exist in the belief that with proper care and the promotion of a caring community, patients and families will be free to attain a satisfactory degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death.
The aim is not to treat chronic disorders as such, but to provide short-term care in the last life phases of people with terminal illnesses. The majority of patients are cared for in their own homes where the family becomes the unit of care.

WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION

Nelspruit Hospice is a fully accredited Non-Profit Organisation, registered with the Department of Social Development (NPO 048-097) and SARS as a Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO 098-023-585) and is therefore exempt from Income Tax and is able to issue Section 18A Certificates to major donors. It has a Level 4 – BBBEE certification.
Nelspruit Hospice is a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) and the Regional HPCA Association. It has achieved a Four-Star Rating (out of five) from HPCA. Our Private Practice Number is 079 0000472050.

OUR TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Nelspruit Hospice. It consists of professionals who share their expertise to ensure that Nelspruit Hospice complies with its vision and mission statements.

Derek Todd
(Chairman) 

BA University of Stellenbosch;
Currently holds the position of Managing Director – Kellaprince Properties Nelspruit.

Emil de Clerk
(Vice Chairman)

Financial adviser and owner of Ecowealth Financial Planning.

Winnie Stiglingh
(Secretary)

BA (MW) Potchefstroom University;
MA (MW) Pretoria University:
Currently serving as Social Worker.

Landi Bezuidenhout
(CEO and Nursing Services Manager)

Diplomas in Nursing Science and Midwifery (SG Lourens College of Nursing Pretoria), Community Health Nursing (Technikon Northern Transvaal), Nursing Administration, Nursing Education (University of Pretoria), Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care – University of Cape Town.

Jack Fleming
(Treasurer)

B.Compt & B.Compt.Hons University of South Africa.
Partner at Maritz and Fleming Financial Services Inc .

Gerrit Haarhoff

Dr Gerrit Haarhoff

MB ChB University of Pretoria;
MBL University of Pretoria.

Caren Venter

BA (Art and Design)  – Northwest University;
MBA – Open University, United Kingdom;
Creative consultant.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Derek Todd
(Chairman) 

BA University of Stellenbosch;

Currently holds the position of Managing Director – Kellaprince Properties Nelspruit.

Landi Bezuidenhout
(CEO and Nursing Services Manager)

Responsible for overall day-to-day management of Nelspruit Hospice and to oversee the fundraising for the organisation to ensure sustainability.  The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Management Committee is effective in its role as the Management of the organisation. The chair is expected to work closely with all members of the Management Committee, staff and volunteers to achieve the goals.

Responsible for management, and participation, in the delivery of quality palliative care to patients and support for their families. She also manages the nursing staff. Ensures that Nelspruit Hospice is compliant with all national, provincial and local laws and regulations pertaining to Health & Safety.

Elmarie du Toit (Bookkeeper and Fundraising)

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, Equipment Rentals, Data Management & Bookkeeping.

Manages and oversees fundraising.

STAFF

Landi Bezuidenhout
(CEO and Nursing Services Manager)

Responsible for overall day-to-day management of Nelspruit Hospice and to oversee the fundraising for the organisation to ensure sustainability.  The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Management Committee is effective in its role as the Management of the organisation. The chair is expected to work closely with all members of the Management Committee, staff and volunteers to achieve the goals.

Responsible for management, and participation, in the delivery of quality palliative care to patients and support for their families. She also manages the nursing staff. Ensures that Nelspruit Hospice is compliant with all national, provincial and local laws and regulations pertaining to Health & Safety.

Lynne Liebenberg
(Professional Nurse)

Responsible for the assessment of patients and to prepare and implement a nursing care plan according to the patients’ and families’ needs; and prepare and report on the delivery of comprehensive palliative care and support of patients to the CEO.

Elmarie du Toit
(Bookkeeper and Fundraising)

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, Equipment Rentals, Data Management & Bookkeeping.

Manages and oversees fundraising.

Suzi Mawelela
(Cleaner)

Responsible for the upkeep of the Nelspruit Hospice offices.

Senzo Mawelela
(Gardener)

Responsible for the upkeep of the grounds and the garden.