Enhancing a patient’s journey
As healthcare budgets tighten and the labour market is very competitive, shortages of medical staff in the Netherlands and across Europe are very common. For HMC, these shortages are especially felt in the nursing wards and operating rooms.
Nurses are important from the time a patient arrives for the most basic outpatient care to the time a trauma patient leaves after a long stay and many complicated surgeries. The loan from the European Investment Bank also helps to create a modern working environment that will alleviate the challenge of staff shortages.
Enhancing a patient’s journey within the hospital and modernising the facilities improves the overall experience and perception for visitors and employees. The hospital also conducts a large amount of scientific research as a top clinical hospital. So the modern facilities will attract and retain better researchers and medical professionals.
During Phase 1 of renovations, starting in 2023, two buildings – the HMC Westeinde and HMC Antoniushove – will be refurbished and expanded, and all inpatient services will be consolidated on these two locations. The current Bronovo site will be featuring a new advanced care concept. During Phase 2, from 2030 to 2035, the HMC will renew outpatient facilities, cardiac and pulmonary function departments, and medical support departments such as laboratories and radiology.
HMC has over 4 000 staff. Upgrading the infrastructure and its surroundings also enables healthcare professionals to improve their treatments. Patients benefit from more advanced medical technologies, and they recover faster in a comfortable and pleasant environment.
“Modernising the hospital helps the city of The Hague and its inhabitants, and it can improve healthcare over time,” says de Bruijn.
Minimising carbon footprint
HMC is also launching this modernisation because it cares about the environment and climate change.
In July 2023, the Dutch government made it mandatory for healthcare organisations to have a climate roadmap showing their progress towards lower carbon emissions. Hospitals have a substantial carbon footprint, and HMC understands that waste management and healthcare go hand in hand.
The hospital aims to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 5, 7, 10, 12, 13 and 17, which relate to good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production and climate action. HMC is working with suppliers to reduce hospital waste. Simply switching to a heat pump system in the winter and hybrid cooling equipment in the summer will make a big difference in energy consumption at the hospital.
“By investing in heat pumps, and hybrid cooling to reduce energy consumption and lower costs,” says Wiesenekker, CFO, “we also take the opportunity to look at our environmental impact.”