Hirslanden sets powerful signs for the future

PRESS RELEASE, 6 October 2010


The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group presents its Quality and Investment Strategy


Zurich, 6 October 2010: Over the next few years the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group will be investing more than 200m Swiss Francs in extending existing hospitals. The most important construction projects involve the sites in Zurich and Lucerne. After the take-over of Klink Stephanshorn in St. Gallen, Switzerland's largest private hospital group now comprises 14 clinics. The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group published its first ever comprehensive quality report in 2010, and is thus intentionally facing up to public


It was quite a package of new issues that Dr Ole Wiesinger, CEO Hirslanden, presented to the media in Zurich on 6 October 2010. The common factor shared by the measures the group has initiated and the strategies in various operational areas is that they express the group's determination to pursue solid growth and retain their claim to quality leadership.


Sustainable investment strategy

The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group is pursuing a consistent and sustainable investment strategy. On average it invests 10% of total turnover in the three main sectors maintenance, replacement and new acquisitions as well as extension projects. Here are the most important construction projects over the next few years: extension project Klinik Hirslanden, Zurich. Hirslanden's "motherhouse" is to be extended with a new building for rooms and practices to the tune of 80m Swiss Francs. Construction is planned to start this year. Klinik. St. Anna in Lucerne is to be extended for about 70m Swiss Francs. The new building will provide space for operating theatres, an ICU, radiology and radiotherapy as well as new  rooms; possible realisation date 2012. 28 million Swiss Francs are being invested in a new building and renovation of the existing hospital at Klinik Beau-Site in Berne; this will be commissioned in about a year's time. Approximately 28 million Swiss Francs are also being invested at Clinique Bois-Cerf in Lausanne where a new centre for radiology and radiotherapy is being built.

Dr Ole Wiesinger on the major projects in the coming years: "Hirslanden are firmly convinced that sustainable investments pave a sound path towards even better performance and even higher quality in the healthcare sector. We are deliberately setting a sign of confidence in Switzerland as a workplace, in the national economy, and in the Swiss hospital sector".


Quality strategy

Dr Ole Wiesinger took over the leadership of the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group in 2008, and has been developing a clear and visible quality strategy ever since. Thus, the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group published the first comprehensive quality report in its history in 2010. Hirslanden are the first protagonist in the Swiss private hospital sector to publish such a quality report. "We say yes to the urgency of this issue, and are deliberately facing up to critical discussions with this quality report", said Dr Ole  Wiesinger.


Healthcare positions at Hirslanden

The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group wants to engage more in questions of healthcare, and is issuing a position paper on healthcare issues for the first time. With a view to future cantonal hospital planning Hirslanden is actively seeking a broad-based dialogue with the various interested parties, both internal and external. Hirslanden is examining the cantons' multiple roles particularly closely. They are the largest providers of medical services, they influence the instruments hospital planning and practice closure, and they are also involved in the concordat of highly specialised medicine. Hirslanden is seeking a critical discourse within this meshwork of duties and interests of the public authorities where the interests of the
Private Hospital Group are also to find equitable consideration.

The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group comprises 14 hospitals in 10 cantons, works with 1,482 affiliated doctors and in-house physicians, and employs a total of 5,635 staff. Hirslanden is the leading group of private hospitals in Switzerland and reported a turnover of 1,134 million Swiss Francs in financial year 2009/10. As of the cut-off date 31.03.2010, the 13 hospitals had treated a total of 73,582 inpatients on 435,240 patient days. The patient mix consists of 29.3 % patients with basic insurance, 38.4 % semi-private, and 32.3 % privately insured patients. Hirslanden operates a total of 9 emergency departments and emergency admissions units, and contributes to the provision of basic medical care for the Swiss population.

Hirslanden stands for first-class medical quality guaranteed by highly qualified medical specialists with many years' experience. Hirslanden is distinguished on the market as a system provider: interdisciplinary medical centres of expertise and specialised institutes provide optimum and individual care, even for highly complex cases. The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group was formed in 1990 by the merger
of several private hospitals, and has been part of the South African Medi-Clinic Corporation hospital group since 2007.


Dr. Peter Werder

Head of Corporate Communications

Hirslanden Private Hospital Group

Seefeldstrasse 214

CH-8008 Zürich

T +41 44 388 75 85


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