Partnering for the future

Healthcare News | 2012-03-12


Siemens recently signed a ten-year partnership agreement with the German hospital operator Evangelisches Krankenhaus Bielefeld (EvKB), a hospital that is investing in a completely new radiology suite and nuclear medicine with the latest equipment with the goal of providing optimal care for its patients. The agreement between the two partners includes that Siemens assists with project planning and the optimization of treatment flows, supplying the necessary medical systems, and teaching the hospital’s employees how to use the new equipment. Siemens is also taking on responsibility for the maintenance of all of the EvKB's medical equipment. Thanks to a flexible financing model designed by Siemens Financial Services (SFS), EvKB can look forward to obtaining the latest technology available for the next ten years.

Building a solid future

Evangelisches Krankenhaus Bielefeld is one of the largest hospitals in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with 1,500 beds, 30 specialist departments, and 4,200 employees. The EvKB treats about 53,000 inpatients and 73,000 outpatients every year. The ten-year agreement and its innovation concept will enable the EvKB to keep its equipment pool up-to-date with the latest technical developments over the coming ten years through a combination of updates, upgrades and exchanges for next-generation systems. Designed around monthly usage rates for the equipment, the financing concept can be adapted flexibly to the customer's requirements during the ten-year period and gives the hospital a reliable basis for the next decade's planning activities.

The agreement additionally covers the supply and implementation of more than 80 medical systems ranging from large devices like a computed tomography (CT) scanner, a magnetic resonance tomography scanner, to 30 ultrasound systems and the syngo.via® imaging software..

Friedhelm Niehues, Amandus Petrausch, Heiner Meyer zu Lösebeck, Martin Klein, Günther Wittenberg

A partnership with benefits

The innovation concept was a key element of the contract for us along with the equipment purchases. Technology marches on and we, as a leader in a number of fields, want to make sure that we still have the latest facilities in the relevant fields in ten years' time. We decided to go for a full-service contract to ensure that the equipment is always properly maintained and ready to use. We need to optimize our workflow, which is why we also opted for consulting services. And we need employees who know how to use all our advanced new devices. In short, it made sense for us to take up the entire package. Few companies can provide all of this and we were keen to have everything from a single source," recounts Heiner Meyer zu Lösebeck, MD, former EvKB Managing Director1.

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1 Heiner Meyer zu Lösebeck was the Managing Director at Evangelisches Krankenhaus Bielefeld from September 2007 to January 2012.

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