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Facility & Infrastructure


Consistently implemented sustainability Last year, the month of June saw a clinic of a very special caliber opening its doors on the old university campus in Heidelberg, Germany: the Ethianum, a Clinic for Plastic-Re- constructive and Esthetic Surgery and Preventive Medicine at the University Clinic, Heidelberg. The clinic's philosophy is just as simple as it is uncompromising. The patient is always the center of its attention. Individuality and appre- ciation are top priority. The initiator, Scientific-Medical Head and Medical Director of the Clinic is Prof. Dr. med. Günter Germann. With the Ethianum, he would like to realize his vision


of a modern, progressively oriented and patient-centered clinic. The Ethianum is also one of the first clinics in Germa- ny possessing an infrastructure which is consistently geared towards the principle of sustainability. Sustainable solutions were developed for all of the clinic's key proc- esses, namely, energy management, patient care, IT infra- structure, and logistic organization. First-rate medical treatment, research and teaching as well as patient-centered care can all be found under one


roof here. "The patients in particular benefit from this, as they reap the advantages of first-class medical know-how and the latest methods of treatment at the highest medi- cal level", explains Germann. "We are convinced that our demand for medical quality management cannot be effec- tively achieved without state-of-the-art medical technolo- gy." In order to achieve these high expectations, the people responsible at the Ethianum commissioned Siemens to develop and implement comprehensive solutions in the areas of energy management, patient care and communi- cation infrastructure which took shape in highly efficient building automation, innovative medical technology, work- flow-optimized information and communication design, hotel standard furnishings and "Green+ Style".


Technical equipment at the highest level The operating rooms are equipped with the latest room and medical technology, thus permitting innovative surgical methods, such as microsurgical or endoscopic procedures. Monitors located directly adjacent to the operating area enable the surgeon to access the electronic patient record


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HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT Vol. 1 Issue 2 August 2011


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