The new hospital Limmattal is handed over: Viva Limmi!
Almost exactly four years after the ground-breaking ceremony, the turnkey contractor Losinger Marazzi ceremoniously hands over the completed Limmattal Hospital to the Limmattal Hospital Association. This marks the beginning of the great task for the hospital’s employees to completely equip and set up the new "Limmi" within the next six weeks. The turnkey contractor VAMED supports them in this. Since October 23rd, 2018, the old infrastructure has been empty and the new hospital fully available to the patients.
"Only few people would believe in the LimmiViva project in 2011 – now we have made it, " says Markus Bärtschiger, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hospital Association. The new hospital is finished and can be ceremoniously handed over today by the turnkey contractor Losinger Marazzi. The deadline for this handover set in 2014 has been more than met – the handover will actually take place four days earlier than planned. And the lump sum price of CHF 215 million agreed with Losinger Marazzi is not going to be exceeded by a single franc. " For Markus Bärtschiger, this is a clear thing: "Quality, costs and deadlines met, mission accomplished."
With the new construction of the hospital, the medical care of the Limmattal region is secured for several generations. The integrated service concept, which in addition to acute medicine also includes outpatient services, long-term care and, from April 01st, 2019, rehabilitation, ensures that the population will receive comprehensive care close to home and at a high quality level. The hospital will continue to offer exciting and diverse jobs to more than 1,400 people and allow generations of young people in various industries to complete a vocational training.
"In collaboration with Losinger Marazzi, we have invested months into the creation of optimal conditions for efficient processes in the building structures of the new hospital. This was one of the most important phases of the project," says hospital director Thomas Brack. We were able to bring a lot of ‘order’ into the operation of the hospital. Thus, the flows of visitors are divided as far as possible according to outpatient and inpatient services in the various building areas. Care is taken to ensure that logistical movements such as catering or laundry services are carried out in areas separate from the patients. Short distances and logically linked relationships between the individual departments were further priorities of the design planning. "You can think of it as a giant three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Until all parts are in the right place, a lot of operational, planning and structural knowledge is required," summarizes Thomas Brack. The new hospital also offers optimal conditions for efficiently implementing the medical trend to increasingly outpatient-based treatments.
The responsible managers of the Hospital Association are convinced that the size of the hospital in combination with the great flexibility of the building will be appropriate for the future as well. With 188 beds in operation, the inpatient area is slightly smaller than it was in the old hospital. In future, larger areas will be available for outpatient services, especially for minor interventions. "In the design planning of the new hospital we already considered the trend to towards more outpatient treatments," emphasizes Markus Bärtschiger. "Thus it is now possible to make the changes in the treatment pathways in an effective manner." The design of the building offers a high degree of flexibility for adaptation to future developments.
The Limmattal Hospital Association is financing the large-scale investment, amounting to some CHF 270 million, entirely from its own means and without the help of any funds from the municipalities or the canton. In 2013, the Hospital Association was the first hospital in Switzerland to issue a public bond. "Of course, the amortization and return on borrowed capital are a challenge for the Hospital Association that burdens the income statement accordingly. However, we are convinced that we are well prepared, with the high economic performance of our hospital. We have proven this time and again in recent years, too," confirms Thomas Brack.
Focus on relocation
"For most of the employees, the project really begins only now," says Thomas Brack. The six-week phase of the relocation starts today. After the logistic areas, the first outpatient clinics will be moved at the beginning of October. For the inpatient areas such as the wards, the operating theater, the emergency area and the intensive care unit, it will mean business from October 17th on. By October 23rd, 2018, the new hospital will be fully available to the population. "The new infrastructure will come to life very soon. Many people will go in and out, and many life stories will be written," says Markus Bärtschiger with joy.
After the relocation in November 2018, the old hospital will be completely dismantled, the hospital chapel will be reconstructed at the same time, and the new emergency ambulance services base will be built. This work will be completed by the end of 2019. On the resulting open space, new development of the nursing center is planned. This project will be decided on by the Assembly of Delegates on September 26th, 2018, and by the citizens on November 25th, 2018.
As a specialty hospital with a training mission, Limmattal Hospital provides basic medical care to over 77,000 patients annually. It has 200 beds in the acute-care area and 126 beds in long-term care. 1,450 employees provide a wide range of high-quality services every day. On October 23rd, 2018, the new Limmattal hospital is ready for operation.