Support to the San Giovanni Battista Hospital

Project location: ITALY, Rome
Project start date: September 2004 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2004-22
Beneficiary: ACISMOM

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The tensile structure was installed in the garden of the San Giovanni Battista very quickly and was linked to the existing hospital building through an 11 meters long PVC tunnel with side openings in transparent material.
The metal frame of the structure is steel and consists of four pipe strings. The size range of the structure is 20m x 20m x 10m high. The structure was equipped with a ramp for disabled people, a stage and a screen on wheels for conferences.
Personnel and patients of the St. John the Baptist Hospital were very grateful to the Nando Peretti Foundation for construction of the tensile structure, which now is an area for religious functions and scientific conferences, but above all a place for recreation and socialization of the sick.

The Nando Peretti Foundation also funded the installation inside the tensile structure of an air conditioning and ventilation system. After careful analysis , a system consisting of a heating and cooling pump was installed, with a capacity of 180 kW with a filtration efficiency device and fresh air circulation every 20 minutes to ensure good air quality.

A plaque in memory of Nando Peretti was placed inside the structure, to express gratitude to Elsa Peretti and the Nando Peretti Foundation for the donation to the hospital.

On June 15, 2005, H.E. Cardinal Pio Laghi celebrated Mass in the tensile structure for hospital patients. Also present was His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, late Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

On  December 2, 2007, during the first Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI visited the hospital and celebrated Mass in a covered pavilion, in front of about 350 faithful including dozens of patients in wheelchairs together with their families, doctors and nurses and hospital authorities who welcomed him: the Prince and Grand Master Fra 'Andrew Bertie and Cardinals Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the Diocese of Rome, and Pio Laghi, Patron of the Order of Malta.
The Holy Father symbolically gave to the Christian community of Rome the Encyclical "Spe Salvi" (saved in hope), targeting in particular those who are in direct contact with suffering and illness.
After Mass, the Pope continued his visit to San Giovanni Battista Hospital, among the patients hospitalized in the Awakening unit, a pioneer facility specialized in treating patients who came out of coma.

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