The price increase for hospital services in Germany has been set at 2.65% for 2019. This is in line with the level of past years.
Quirónsalud, the Spanish hospital group that is part of Fresenius Helios, is opening a new hospital in Cordoba today. The company now has six hospitals in Andalusia, Spain’s most southernly autonomous community. The six-floor, approximately 25,000-square-meter (269,000-square-foot) facility includes 100 large private patient rooms, a 24-hour emergency department, seven operating rooms and a surgical outpatient clinic. Quirónsalud has invested €50 million in the new hospital.
Fresenius Medical Care North America is making a $100,000 contribution to the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), a professional nursing organization with more than 8,500 members. In recognition of ANNA’s 50th anniversary year and Nephrology Nurses Week, the donation will fund an ongoing scholarship program, help increase awareness of the profession, and strengthen engagement with nurses dedicated to caring for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Fresenius Helios has opened a new emergency unit at Helios Hospital Leisnig, in the eastern German state of Saxony. It contains four modern examination rooms and a specially equipped reanimation room, which will enable the hospital to provide even better care for its emergency patients, who now number some 10,000 annually. Architecturally optimized for medical processes and procedures, the new emergency unit was built in only 12 months. It required an investment by Fresenius Helios of about €1 million.
Fresenius Helios will take responsibility for practical instruction as part of the first worldwide digitalized medical studies program. The new course of study meets European certification standards and will start in the winter semester 2018/2019 at the EDU College of Medicine, Malta. Theoretical components of a bachelor’s and follow-on master’s program will be available solely via an online platform. Students will be networked into learning communities taught by faculty. About one-third of the course is practical instruction that will take place in hospitals operated by Fresenius Helios in Germany. The program initially will be limited to 75 students. The long-term goal is up to 3,000 students.
Fresenius Kabi is expanding its production and warehouse capacity in Runcorn, England, to meet increasing demand in United Kingdom’s homecare market and from UK and Ireland hospitals. The expansion’s first stage will be a new distribution and operations center, scheduled to open in early 2019. A second services unit for producing aseptically compounded parenteral nutrition products will be completed by 2020. Fresenius Kabi will invest over €9 million in the expansion.
Jiménez Díaz Foundation University Hospital in Madrid has again been awarded the EFQM Recognized for Excellence award with the maximum five stars, this time also receiving the highest rating of any hospital in Spain. The 667-bed facility earned more than 650 points on the rating scale used by the European Foundation for Quality Management during a comprehensive management and process evaluation earlier this year. In the award presentation, the EFQM cited Jiménez Díaz Foundation University Hospital’s intensive focus on patient care, as well as its continuous improvements in treatments and the use of medical technology. This leading teaching hospital is part of the Quirónsalud group, the Spanish unit of Fresenius Helios.
Quirónsalud Tenerife Hospital has opened a new intensive care unit, equipped with the latest medical equipment for treating as many as six critically ill patients at a time. Quirónsalud, the Spanish hospital group that is part of Fresenius Helios, invested more than €1 million in the 400-square-meter (4,300-square-foot) ICU.
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