Editorial

The editorial in the April edition of Hospital posed a question about greater competition in the provision of healthcare services. While 600 delegates were gathering for the 22nd EAHM Congress in Graz to discuss the issue of leadership against the background of new challenges, the worldwide media was reporting on the collapse of the entire financial system. Bankers, we learned, had miscalculated risk...

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The 38th General Assembly of our association, the EAHM, focused mainly on two topics: the amendments of EAHM Statutes and the report on activities.   Activity Report Being half way through the term of the current Board and Executive Committee, a report on the activities was given by the EAHM President, Mr. Paul Castel.   Reacting to a consultation on crossborder healthcare by the European Com

“Europe for Patients” Initiative At the end of September, Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou launched the “Europe for Patients’ campaign in Brus sels. This campaign outlines the future health policy the Com mission intends to adopt in the following 6-9 months. The aim of this campaign is to provide “a tangible and readily understandable communication framework for the many different healthcare...

National  Discrepancies in Cancer TreatmentThe European Union should attach greater importance and recognition to medical oncology. That way specialists can improve their performance in multidisciplinary teams, move easily to areas where there is a shortage of suitably trained staff and help can cer patients receive the treatment they require.   This call from the European Society for Medi cal O

EAHM Congress Review

Right after the EAHM General Assembly (see report on p. 7-8), the Congress got off to an amazing start with more than 600 hospital managers attending. The quality of the presentations perfectly matched the sumptuous main hall of the Graz Convention Centre that accommodated the delegates’ lively exchanges for two days. Fittingly, Graz was the cultural capital of Europe in 2003.   Participants were...

Both speakers for this session strongly put forth the need for political decision makers to align health systems with societal changes. They are also very lucid about structural obstacles to face in order to carry out that political mission. Medical savings accounts are a tool to enhance free movement of goods, services and people.   Gediminas Cerniauskas, MD, PhD, Minister of Health, Lithuania...

EAHM Delegates Focus on Essential Hospital Management Requirements. Privatisation is one of the hottest topics on the European hospital scene right now, as it illustrates the vital need for hospitals to fit into a generalised market-driven economy. But an adequate registration of merging new professions is an equally important leadership requirement for hospital managers. Is the privatisation of hospitals...

Ethics is one of the first concepts that comes to mind when one evokes leadership.   This session demystifies the notion of ethics and proves that ethics contributes to good governance but also to economic success.   Furthermore, ethical leaders are the ones who can truly motivate their staff.   CON-GORAL GUIDANCEon congruency of goals and morals for successful leadership on healthcare

One of the major differences between a hospital and most other corporate entities is that its customer is a patient. The last decade has seen a logical return to patient- centered healthcare; many structures and projects have thus highlighted the pivotal importance of managing efficiency and quality of care.   The effects of the behaviour of management on the behaviour of staff toward patients...

Leadership is also about preventing high techno logy, cost pressures and even, to some extent, patient-centered care from affecting and demotivating the most precious resource of a hospital, namely its staff. Only healthy and content employees can fulfill their task of making the patient their priority.   Management, fuzzy logic and new hospital governance   Jean Luc Chassaniol, Director Gener

The old saying goes: people don’t leave a company, they leave a supervisor. In this era of scarce professional staff, it is essential for hospital managers to look into what makes their employees tick and what motivates themand to modulate their approach according to the type of indivi duals they supervise. It is definitely the best way to maintain the affective, continuance and normative compoments...

Country Focus:Denmark

Denmark, a Scandanavian country consisting of a mainland peninsula and a number of islands, is a small country (43,000 km2) with few inhabitants (5.5 million). The capital city, Copenhagen, has around one million citizens. There are two off-shore territories, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, granted home rule in 1979 and 1948. Contrary to the rest of Denmark, Greenland is geographically very large, 50...

The hospital sector in Denmark is under the responsibility of the five regions. Regional authorities must offer free hospital treatment for the residents of the region and emergency treatment for temporary residents in need. Almost all hospitals are publicly owned (95% of hospital beds are public).   The obligation to provide its citizens with hospital treatment is fulfilled in the vast majority...

Because of the rising importance of international hospital and healthcare affairs, the Association has recently decided to also to set up a new subcommittee in charge of following up on international developments concerning healthcare management.   The Association was founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest hospital management associations in Europe; it will celebrate its 100th birthday in just...

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Les Lecons D’une Crise Dans le numéro d’avril d’Hospital nous évoquions la question de l’intensification de la concurrence dans le monde des soins de santé. Tandis que plus de 600 participants débattaient des défis du leadership hospitalier pendant le 22ème Congrès de l’AEDH à Graz, les medias se faisaient l’écho de l’ef fondrement du système financier au niveau mondial. Les banquiers ont mésestimé...

38éme Assemblée Générane De L’AEDH La 38ème Assemblée générale de notre association, l’AEDH, s’est principalement concentrée sur deux questions : les amendements aux statuts de l’AEDH et le rapport d’activités.   Rapport d’Activités A la moitié du mandat du Bureau et Conseil d’Administration actuels, un rapport d’activités a été présenté par le Président, Mr Paul Castel.   En réponse à une c

Cérémonie d’Ouverture du 22ème Congrès de l’AEDH Plus de 600 gestionnaires hospitaliers ont pris place dans la somptueuse grande salle du centre de congrès de Graz pour le 22ème Congrès de l’AEDH, inti - tulé: «un leadership nouveau pour de nouveaux défis».   Nikolaus Koller, Président de l’Association des Directeurs d’Hôpitaux de Styrie et organisateur du Congrès, a chaleureusement accuelli les...

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Lektionen Einer Krise In der April-Ausgabe von Hospital behandelten wir an dieser Stelle die Frage des Marktwettbewerbs in der Gesundheitsversorgung. Während über 600 Teilnehmer beim 22. EVKD-Kongress in Graz Führungsfragen der Krankenhäuser vor dem Hintergrund neuer Herausforderungen diskutierten, berichteten die Medien weltweit über den Kollaps des gesamten Finanz - systems. Die Banker hätten Risiken...

38. EVKD General Versammlung Die 38. Generalversammlung der EVKD war vor allem auf zwei Hauptpunkte ausgerichtet: den Veränderungen der EVKD-Statuten und dem Tätigkeitsbericht.   Der Tätigkeitsbericht Zur Halbzeitbilanz des derzeitigen Präsidiums und Gremiums stellte Präsident Paul Castel einen Tätigkeitsbericht vor.   Als Antwort auf die Konsultation der Europäischen Kommission über die gre

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22 EVKD-Kongress: Eröffnungszeremonie Über 600 Krankenhausmanager konnten zum 22. EVKD-Kongress zum Thema „Neue Führung für neue Herausforderungen“ in der prächtigen Haupthalle des Grazer Kongress-Zentrums begrüßt werden. Nikolaus Koller, Vorsitzende der Vereinigung der Krankenhausdirektoren Steiermarks und Organi - sator des Kongresses, begrüßte die Delegierten. Mag. Helmut Hirt, Landesrat für Gesundheit...


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