Martin Nufer, Hospital Manager of Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna, has decided to step down from the management of the hospital at the end of September 2022. Nufer worked at Klinik St. Anna for a total of 16 years. Originally trained as a specialist in internal and emergency medicine, he is now returning to his medical roots and will resume practising as a doctor. Stephan Pahls is taking over the operational management on an interim basis.

Martin Nufer (56) has been a member of the management of Klinik St. Anna since 2007, and has been its Director since 2018. The beginning of his time at the hospital was marked by the development of what was then an affiliated doctor hospital specialising in elective medicine into a modern, interdisciplinary and networked inpatient hospital. Martin Nufer made a significant contribution to this development by setting up an emergency department open around the clock and through which about one third of patients now enter Klinik St. Anna.

During his time as Hospital Manager, Martin Nufer shaped the modernisation and organisational development of the hospital, for example with the establishment of various certified competence centres, which culminated in 2021 in the DKG certification of the Tumour Centre of Klinik St. Anna. He was also responsible for the hospital’s successful handling of the Covid pandemic in which Klinik St. Anna was able to impressively demonstrate its role as an integral provider of healthcare in Central Switzerland. Hirslanden CEO Daniel Liedtke stated: "I very much regret Martin Nufer's departure. He led Klinik St. Anna efficiently and successfully, always putting patient benefit at the centre of everything he did. I would like to thank him for his many years of dedicated service and wish him all the best for the future."

Integrated care network

Under the leadership of Martin Nufer, the hospital has grown even closer together with the St. Anna im Bahnhof and St. Anna in Meggen locations. The opening of the outpatient surgery centre at Lucerne railway station was also completed during his time with the hospital. This is fully in line with Hirslanden's corporate strategy of establishing and expanding regional integrated health care networks that are individually tailored to people: from prevention to aftercare, from birth to old age, outpatient and inpatient – at any time, in person and digitally.

Martin Nufer also succeeded in bringing to fruition the ANNAplus renovation project, which cost over 100 million Swiss francs, after several years of planning. With this project, Klinik St. Anna is investing in a future with patient-friendly infrastructure, modern medicine and attractive jobs. "Now is a good time to hand over the management of the hospital and make room for new talent," said Martin Nufer. Having trained as an internal and emergency medicine specialist, he is now returning to his professional roots. From 1 November 2022, he will take over as co-senior consultant at the Klinik Adelheid in Unterägeri. "I have increasingly missed clinical work and direct contact with patients and am very much looking forward to this exciting new task," explained Martin Nufer.

Search for his successor underway

The search for Martin Nufer's successor has already begun and is on track. In the meantime, Stephan Pahls (55) will take over the management of Klinik St. Anna on an interim basis from 1 October 2022. Stephan Pahls was until recently Chief Operating Officer East and a member of the Hirslanden Group Executive Committee. His extensive experience in the health and hospital sector as well as his many years in key positions in the Hirslanden Group guarantee stability and the consistent implementation of the Group’s strategy.

About Klinik St. Anna

Klinik St. Anna is the most important private centre hospital in Central Switzerland. The more than 230 clinic and partner doctors work in an interdisciplinary and networked manner at three locations and cover a total of around 40 specialist areas. The clinic employs around 1300 staff, of whom more than 150 are in training or further education.

About Hirslanden

Hirslanden is committed to high-quality, responsible and efficiently integrated healthcare that focuses on the needs of the individual. Working together with private and public cooperation partners, the Hirslanden Group prioritises ongoing development of the Continuum of Care concept. From birth to old age, from prevention to healing, Hirslanden is always there, both on a physical and digital level.

Hirslanden differentiates itself from the rest of the market as a service provider with first-class medical and service quality, which is guaranteed by highly qualified independent specialists with years of experience who offer excellent care and services. Interdisciplinary medical centres of expertise, specialised institutes and competent cooperation partners enable optimal, personalised diagnosis and treatment, regardless of case complexity, in both inpatient and outpatient contexts.

The Hirslanden Group operates 17 hospitals in 10 cantons, many of which have an emergency department. It also operates 5 outpatient surgery centres, 18 radiology and 6 radiotherapy institutes. The Group has 2,515 partner doctors and 11,025 employees, 551 of whom are permanently employed doctors. Hirslanden is the largest medical network in Switzerland. In the 2021/22 financial year, the Group generated turnover of CHF 1,885 million. As at 31 March 2022, the Group had treated 109,624 patients for a total of 472,301 inpatient days. The patient mix consists of 51.3% patients with basic insurance, 28.2% with semi-private insurance and 20.5% with private insurance. The Hirslanden Group was formed in 1990 through the merger of several hospitals. Since 2007, it has been part of the international hospital group Mediclinic International plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Dr Claude Kaufmann

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Romeo Degiacomi
Martin Nufer
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