St Catherine’s Life Path Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KZN
NEW MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL Opening in 2022
Life Path Health is expanding their family to Pietermaritzburg, the capital and second-largest city of Kwazulu-Natal. The new St Catherine’s Life Path Hospital will be the ninth addition to the Life Path Health Group and their first in this province.
Construction of the new 36-bed mental health hospital has been completed, and the hospital will open its doors early in 2022.
According to COO Karen Olckers, the new St Catherine’s Life Path Hospital was born from co-founder Jack Bassage and his wife Sue’s vision.
“Jack approached Life Path Health more than six years ago with the vision of developing a warm-hearted and quality-driven mental health facility in the area,” she said.
The hospital is named after Jack and Sue’s daughter, Catherine, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at an early age. For years, the Bassage-family walked the road of treating Catherine’s illness and became deeply involved in Pietermaritzburg’s mental health community.
Over the years, they have recognised the shortcomings of the existing services in the area. Their dream of a new hospital became a reality, and is now being built on the leafy suburban plot where the Bassage-residence used to be.