The Centre for Hospital Management (CKM) was founded in 1994 by the University of Muenster supported by the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh). CKM is attached as an institute to the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster linked to both the faculty of medicine and the faculty of Business Administration. At the initiative of co-founders Reinhard and Liz Mohn, the CKM performs various projects in the healthcare sector and in this follows the philosophy to take up social issues, to develop exemplary solutions with experts from science and practice, and to implement these models in select areas of the community. In this framework the tasks of the CKM include substansive and methodological support of health institutions, the development of the professions in this sector to better deal with issues of management, as well as the practical research and teaching.
CKM is well known for international and national research, consulting and government advisory activities in the fields of cost–benefit analysis of medical technology and clinical procedures, strategic management and mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector, business ethics in medicine, risk management and health service research. CKM´s research focus is on international benchmarking of hospitals and health care systems, the “Boundaryless Hospital Concept” and the “Healing Environment Approach”.
“Our objective is to identify ways in which tried and tested management methods from industry, trade and services industry can be used in hospitals and other health institutions. We face the task of bringing into harmony seemingly incompatible topics: the improvement quality while lowering costs.”
Since 1994 Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff is CEO of CKM.
In addition Wilfried von Eiff is Director of the Center for Health Care Management and Regulation at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the initiative ‘Special Interest Group: Best Practice Management in Healthcare and Hospital Management’, which is part of the European Hospital Management Association (EHMA, Belgium). He is member of the various Boards of Directors in health care and industry companies. Prior to this he was managing director and member of the board of the University Clinic of Giessen and managing director of an international automotive company with a professional focus on Organisation, Process, Logistics and IT-Management. He is Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Kerckhoff Clinic Heart and Lung Center Bad Nauheim (Germany). He holds a PhD degree from the faculty of business administration (University of Tuebingen) and a PhD degree from the faculty of medicine (University of Giessen).