MANILA, Philippines – The Tebow CURE Hospital, a project of the Tim Tebow Foundation, has received its official operating license from the Department of Health and opened its doors in Davao City, the foundation announced.
The grand opening will take place in the spring of 2015, but the hospital is already addressing children with critical orthopedic needs who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment.
"I was born in the Philippines while my parents served as missionaries, and I have always had a great love and passion for the Filipino people," Tebow said in a statement.
"It is so exciting to be able to provide healing and care for these incredibly deserving children halfway around the world," he added.
The Tim Tebow Foundation announced in 2011 that it was planning to build the Tebow CURE Hospital, which broke ground in January 2012. Construction was completed last September.
The hospital is now fully equipped and has received its official operating license. It will serve children with orthopedic conditions such as clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft palate, and other congenital limb abnormalities.
The hospital, which was built in partnership with CURE International, is a five-story, 30-bed facility with three operating rooms specializing in pediatric orthopedic surgeries.
Currently, 17 of the hospital's 30 beds are available and a team of 54 staff are already providing care to children.
"The opening of the Tebow CURE Hospital is the fulfillment of long-held dreams and many prayers," said Dale Brantner, president and CEO of CURE International. "We are excited to partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation to bring healing to the children of the Philippines in Jesus' name."
Tebow was born in Manila in 1987 where his parents were serving as Baptist missionaries. A Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, but is currently a free agent.