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Der Gesundheitskonzern Fresenius ist für seinen Langzeitkonto-Rechner mit dem „HR Excellence Award 2018“ in der Kategorie „Compensation & Benefits“ ausgezeichnet worden. Der Langzeitkonto-Rechner bietet den Mitarbeitern schnell und transparent Informationen über eingebrachte Beiträge, Auszeiten für die persönliche Weiterbildung oder die Pflege von Angehörigen sowie einen möglichen Vorruhestand. Mit den „HR Excellence Awards“ prämiert das Magazin „Human Resources Manager“ seit 2012 herausragende Projekte im Personalmanagement.
The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA has decided to propose PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft as the auditor for the financial year 2020. The shareholders will decide on the appointment at the Annual General Meeting in 2020. New regulations provide for a regular rotation of the auditor, so Fresenius was not able to extend the existing mandate of KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft.
Fresenius Kabi has received a Drug Shortage Assistance Award from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA recognized the role Fresenius Kabi played in helping mitigate a shortage of IV saline, specifically Sodium Chloride Injection USP, 0.9% in bags. The shortage was caused last year by supply disruptions at manufacturers affected by Hurricane Maria. The hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, where many companies produce medicines for U.S. hospitals.
VAMED Vitality World has been named the “World’s Best Thermal Spa & Medical Wellness Operator 2018” at the World Spa Awards. Four VAMED Vitality World facilities – Geinberg5 Private Villas, Aqua Dome Therme Längenfeld, Therme Laa Hotel & Spa, all in Austria, and Aquaworld Resort Budapest in the Hungarian capital – also won in their individual categories. VAMED Vitality World, part of Fresenius Vamed, operates a total of nine spa and health resorts in Austria and Hungary.
A recent study places Fresenius among the top 500 companies in terms of career training programs in Germany. Criteria used for judgement were the quality of supervision, in-house training, company engagement, success rate and innovative teaching methods. The companies were rated by the business magazine Capital and the internet portal, ausbildung.de. Fresenius received a best possible five-star rating for its on-the-job training and dual-studies, a combination of theory and on-the-job training, programs. The company trains more than 4,000 apprentices and dual-studies interns.
Quirónsalud, the Spanish hospital group that is part of Fresenius Helios, has acquired Clínica Medellín and entered the attractive private hospital market in Colombia. Clínica Medellín operates two centrally located hospitals in Medellín, a major city of 2.5 million people. The two facilities have a total of about 185 beds. The total investment for Clínica Medellín is more than €50 million. Following Quirónsalud's entry into Peru last year, this is another step in strengthening the company’s presence in Latin America’s growing and consolidating hospital markets. Fresenius Helios expects the transaction to close in Q1 2019, pending anti-trust and regulatory clearance.
Fresenius Kabi has opened a new state-of-the-art compounding center in Canada. It involves an investment of 11 million Canadian dollars (more than €7 million), and the new site expands the company’s presence in Mississauga, Ontario. Fresenius Kabi is responding to increasing demand for large batches of compounded medications for patients in Canadian hospitals, and the 35,000-square-foot (3,300-square-meter) compounding center has the capacity to expand. The new facility is expected to employ 70 people by 2022.
Fresenius Kabi has reached a milestone on the road to approval for another biosimilar. MSB11455, a biosimilar candidate for Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), has met its primary endpoints in the two pivotal clinical studies. For more information please see the website of Fresenius Kabi.
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.