Tim Tebow Opens a Hospital in the Philippines
12/12/2014 AT 09:50 AM EST
The football star turned TV analyst has opened the Tebow CURE hospital in Davao City, Philippines. The five-story facility has received its official operating license and opened its doors this week. Physicians are already seeing children with critical orthopedic needs.
For Tebow, who was one of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men Alive this year, the hospital is the result of several years of planning and hard work. "We've been waiting a long time for it," he told PEOPLE in October. "I'm really excited that it's finally going to happen. We want to provide physical care, but we'll also provide spiritual and emotional care as well."
The hospital, built in partnership with CURE International, has 30 beds and three operating rooms. A team of 54 staffers has been hired to see patients.
"I was born in the Philippines while my parents served as missionaries, and I have always had great love and passion for the Filipino people," says Tebow, 27. "It is so exciting to be able to provide healing and care for these incredibly deserving children halfway around the world.
The hospital is one facet of the Tim Tebow Foundation. The Florida-based organization also includes "Timmy's Playrooms" in children's hospitals, the W15H program, and Orphan Care, a program that provides grants to families adopting children with special needs.
It's been a busy month for Tebow. Last week, he surprised shoppers by paying off their layaway bills as part of a Good Morning America segment.
And despite the untrue rumors that he was dating reality star Jana Duggar, Tebow remains single – but open to a relationship.
"I'm looking for a girl who wants to make a difference in the lives of others," he told PEOPLE last month. "I've always been attracted to girls whose hearts are the biggest thing about them."