Alliance Links German,
American Adventist Hospitals
The only Seventh-day Adventist surgical hospital in Europe, Krankenhaus Waldfriede in Berlin, Germany, is gaining a new ally in its desire to excel in medical treatment. The 88-year-old hospital signed a cooperation agreement with Adventist-owned Florida Hospital, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
Florida Hospital president Lars Houmann, and Krankenhaus Waldfriede chief executive officer Bernd Quoss signed the agreement in front of reporters, guests, and dignitaries, including the director of Health and Human Services from the American embassy.
NEW ALLIANCE: Lars Houmann, center, president of Florida Hospital, celebrates the agreement between the Adventist-owend facility and Krankenhaus Waldfriede, the only full-range Adventist hospital in Europe, with Edwin Scharfschwerdt, retiring CEO and president, at left, and Bernd Quoss, incoming CEO and president at the Berlin hospital.“This partnership grew out of a shared desire to learn from the experience and expertise of these two world-class facilities. Our doctors, administrators, staff, and ultimately our patients will benefit from this exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices,” said Houmann. “More and more, Orlando is becoming a global leader in health care.”
The two hospitals, which share a Seventh-day Adventist heritage, are agreeing to exchange scientific data and research equipment, benchmarking in administration and nursing, and medical work experience. These areas include surgical methods, pain management, and treatment approaches for gynecology, hand and ankle surgery, anesthesia, breast and colon cancer, general surgery, colorectal medicine, diabetes, and internal medicine. Doctors will also do rotations at the partnering hospital and refer patients to the other facility.
“After my two-month stay at Florida Hospital, I am pleased to announce this cooperative agreement,” said Bernd Quoss. “While at Florida Hospital I met with highly professional medical staff, administrative staff, and frontline staff providing the highest level of patient care.”
According to Quoss, Krankenhaus Waldfriede will benefit greatly in the areas of economics, medical, and technology with this cooperative effort. In the federal capital of Berlin competition is very high with other health-care providers. Berlin is becoming a destination for treatment of foreign patients, as well as the headquarters for the use of high-tech medical equipment.
“This cooperative agreement is a first for Krankenhaus Waldfriede, and for this we are very proud. We are also very proud to partner with Florida Hospital,” he added.
In a telephone interview, Quoss said that while only half of Berlin’s population identifies itself as Christian, Krankenhaus Waldfriede, which has two Seventh-day Adventist pastors on staff as chaplains, is a desired hospital for many who want a spiritual touch to their health care. The chaplains try to visit each patient daily, they pray with those who desire counsel, and there are worship services each Sabbath.
“We have a very good reputation in Berlin, because we have very good employees, physicians, nurses, and administrators,” Quoss told Adventist World. In a nationwide patient survey for the best hospital in 2007 regarding patient satisfaction and quality of treatment, Krankenhaus Waldfriede ranked number 6 among 2,000 hospitals.
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, admitting more patients than any other hospital in the nation, according to the American Hospital Association. The more than 2,000-bed system, comprised of eight hospitals and 16 Centra Care locations, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the United States for the past nine years. Florida Hospital also has partnerships with hospitals and health-care facilities in other countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, and Peru.
—Florida Hospital, with Adventist World Staff