On Monday, May 30, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark laid the foundation stone for the Mary Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.
According to a press release from the Rigshospitalet, the new Mary Elizabeth Hospital will be:
“Denmark’s highly specialized hospital for children, young people, pregnant women, and their families. The hospital will create a safe and homely atmosphere with space for patients and their families lives and needs due to the vulnerable situation they are in.
Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital will be developed so that the specialists come to the patients. Today, you sometimes have to be examined in many different places in the hospital. At Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital, all examination rooms are located in the same place, and this will provide a calmer and more coherent process.”
In connection with the laying of the foundation stone, a time capsule was also placed into the foundation of the new Mary Elizabeth Hospital. Items contained in the time capsule include Crown Princess Mary’s speech, a LEGO red heart, a wooden stethoscope, a crocheted comfort mouse for hospitalized children, Rigshospitalet’s employee magazine IndenRigs and a coin from 2022.
Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital is a partnership between the Capital Region of Denmark, Rigshospitalet, and Ole Kirk’s Foundation with a total budget of 2.8 billion Danish Kroner.
Photos courtesy of Rigshospitalet Press Release