Stefan Gyseler was like a Star in the afternoon received yesterday in the hospital Affoltern. The President of the operation, the Commission and the President of the commune of Hausen am Albis has spent in the past few months, a lot of time and energy to develop a survival strategy for the hospital and to convince the population in the Säuliamt of their accuracy.
His work has paid off: All of the 14 municipalities in the district have said Yes to the dissolution of the Association, and establishing a non-profit AG to lead the hospital into a new future.
"I always believed," says Gyseler, "but the significant result is surprising." This is for all of you. In the hospital, the joy is huge, the relief palpable, as the result is in the early afternoon. Two employees meet in the hallway, stretch the hands up – I did it!
In the Restaurant they all come together, the employees, politicians and citizens. They hug, and poking. As Gyseler appears, clapping and hooting, and after his short speech, in which he is grateful, makes the whole hall with a wave.
The warning of rising taxes obviously didn't get caught.
Stefan Gyseler informed earlier, in the casino hall, of Affoltern in the media, together with Clemens Grötsch, city President of the district's main town. Spicy: Grötsch Gyselers predecessor as the operating President of the Commission. Before one and a half years, he had worked for the hospital before the vote he came in, but decidedly for a no.
Grötsch explains his swivel with the changed role: "I must now look for the city." The task of the city Council was to inform the population about all the facts. He had warned of the financial risks and, therefore, no recommended. The people have decided now, however, aware of this, Grötsch: "It wants to keep the hospital and it, too."
The warning of several authorities increasing taxes has obviously not caught. Especially in today's System of hospital financing, no subsidy by the municipalities is intended, but only a financial liability in the case of large deficits. In 2018, the hospital of the castle of Affoltern, with a loss of half a Million, which has been covered from capital reserves.
High voter participation
The population of Affoltern agreed with about 78 percent " Yes " for the hospital. Support is highest with 86 percent in Obfelden was. Self-Stallikon, where due to the proximity to Zurich, with a no was expected, said Yes – however, just under 51 percent. The voting participation was high throughout, and were between 48 and 61 percent.
For Stefan Gyseler is the result of "a commitment". It was only reached an intermediate stage. "Now we have to fight for the performance of orders. And for that it needs a shoulder-to-shoulder with those municipalities, whose authorities were for a 'no'." In 2022, the new hospital list is to come into force. The governing Council, which the hospital is allowed to offer what are the benefits in the basic insurance plan defined. "We are working in the health Directorate of compelling applications to submit", so Gyseler. He knows that the economy plays a big role.
Already the next Monday, the hospital management has an appointment at the new Zurich's health Director, Natalie Rickli . If the SVP politician wants to trace the line of her predecessor, Thomas Heiniger (FDP), further, is not yet known. Heiniger has put on the competition among the hospitals, this forced with increasingly stringent minimum case requirements, but also to cooperation.
The hospital management of Affoltern has taken into account in your planning. The current concept foresees a close cooperation with the Zurich city hospital Triemli and the Zug cantonal hospital. On the other hand, it focused the treatments on two areas in which the hospital is strong: the palliative medicine and acute geriatrics. For this it needs, however, also an Internal medicine and surgery with an on-call service around the clock. To make matters worse, the infrastructure is outdated and the whole hospital needs to be replaced. Estimated cost: around 100 million Swiss francs.
Central care center
Whether this is economically feasible, it will show. The hospital now has two years to examining various options to discuss should be investigated, and with the Directorate of Health. Hospital Director Michael Buik is confident. The terrific winning vote to bring "a new dynamic" in the operation. You have a signal effect both inwards as well as outwards. The employees would have to leave no more.
And Buik expected that it is now increasingly possible external cooperation partners are to report. On the Meeting with Natalie Rickli, he is excited: "It is important what signals we get from the health Directorate." Rickli was yesterday for an opinion cannot be reached.
in addition to the hospital, the care center, Sonnenberg receives a new legal form. It is to the inter-municipal institution. All Säuliämtler communities have spoken of the need to organize long-term care continue to work together.
Created: 19.05.2019, 20:31 PM