As a modern healthcare service provider, we settle for nothing less than the highest standards in the quality of our medical care. In exactly the same way, we would like to be measured by the sustainability of our activities – both economically and ethically. For us, conserving the environment is an important starting point for healthcare provision, and therefore is a self-evident part of our business activity.
Effective environmental management is a tradition at RHÖN-KLINIKUM Group - we have viewed it as forming an integral part of our core business for many years. We are convinced that only a comprehensive approach makes sense in this area, which is why our commitment is not limited to specific measures in areas like energy and emissions but also encompasses responsibility for water, materials and safety for the environment and our employees. In keeping with our decentralised corporate structure, environmental management is firmly established Group-wide at two levels.
Locally, at the individual hospital, it is the responsibility of the technical control department to implement the hospital-related measures. It not only monitors the safe operation of all technical and medical-technical equipment and systems but also construction projects, assumes the task of energy controlling as well as equipment and commissioning planning.
The hospitals are assisted and co-ordinated at the Group level by the department Technical Controlling/Environment which reports directly to the chairman of the Board of Management. Its main tasks include Group-wide energy and emissions controlling, regular training of the responsible staff on site, and organising a quick and effective exchange of knowledge and experience in this field between the hospitals. Another important duty is integrating recent Group subsidiaries in order for environmental and energy standards to be introduced swiftly at the new hospitals, or also for long-standing hospitals to benefit from local innovations and good ideas.
No less importantly, the Technical Controlling department also provides the impetus for things like promoting the Group-wide development of new standards in energy supply in healthcare with innovative projects, such as the world’s first hybrid cogeneration unit which will be put into service in 2010 at Universitätsklinikum Gießen.