Posata la prima pietra di Casa Marta

On the morning of July 5, we laid the first stone of Casa Marta, the first pediatric hospice in Tuscany intended to welcome children in need of palliative care and their families. Among the many institutions present, the ceremony was attended by Eugenio Giani, president of the Tuscany Region, Simone Bezzini, regional councilor for the Right to Health, Dario Nardella, mayor of the Municipality of Florence, Sara Funaro, councilor for Education and Welfare of the Municipality of Florence, Alberto Zanobini, general manager of Meyer, Benedetta Fantugini president of the Casa Marta Foundation and Luigi Salvadori, president of the CR Firenze Foundation. They are the ones who officially started the renovation works, symbolically cementing the first 3 bricks of Casa Marta. The ambitious renovation project of the building, located in Via Cosimo il Vecchio, is supported by the Casa Marta Foundation with the main contribution of the Cassa Risparmio Firenze Foundation. The structure will be built inside the former Casa Benelli, made available by the Fondazione Solidarietà Caritas Onlus. AOU Meyer and the Tuscany Region are the main partners of the project. Its completion is expected by the end of 2023, with start-up in 2024.

The heart of the project

The heart of the project will be the housing units: real independent studio apartments, designed to create a comfortable and familiar environment, accompanied by common spaces and intended for support activities and conviviality, such as a library, a music room and a space intended for psychodrama. A large therapeutic garden surrounds the entire structure which extends over 500 square meters and will be usable 365 days a year thanks to a bioclimatic pergola that runs along the perimeter of the building. A stone’s throw from the Meyer and functionally connected to the hospital, it will be a comfortable and familiar environment but at the same time capable of guaranteeing highly specialized care for young patients.