A general view shows Vivantes Humboldt hospital, which is under quarantine due to infections with a new coronavirus variant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin’s state-owned Vivantes Group is reorganizing its board of directors – above all, the growing chain of clinics wants to increase its management. Business economist Johannes Dankert, who has been acting CEO since July 2021, has now been appointed full head of the group. His contract has been extended by five years.

In addition, the Vivantes Supervisory Board has decided to add a fourth position to the Management Board, which still has three members. In addition to overall management, Dankert was previously also responsible for patient care, but a separate post is now to be created for the latter. According to Tagesspiegel information, a doctor is being sought for this.

As reported, the position of finance manager on the Vivantes board will also be filled. After this summer, incumbent Eibo Krahmer will move to the University Clinic in Aachen. As before, Dorothea Schmidt holds the fourth post at Vivantes, responsible for human resources. Chairman of the supervisory board Eckhard Nagel said that Dankert and Schmidt had recently been successful “in overcoming the pandemic and in concluding and implementing collective agreements in care and subsidiaries”.

With around 18,000 employees and almost 6,000 beds, Vivantes is the largest chain of municipal clinics in Germany. Vivantes has eight hospitals, 18 nursing homes, an outpatient service and a rehabilitation center.

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Last year, the nurses organized in Verdi went on strike for weeks in the Vivantes clinics and the state-owned Charité. Numerous operations had to be postponed. The hospital boards and the union finally agreed on a collective agreement that provides for more staff per shift and ward. Given the shortage of skilled workers, it is difficult to recruit these nurses.

The board of the Charité will also change in terms of personnel in the near future. Joachim Spranger will head the faculty from the end of the year, and the new dean will be in charge of research and teaching at Europe’s largest university clinic. Charité and Vivantes-Kliniken care for 45 percent of all hospital patients in Berlin and, at the request of the Senate, are to cooperate more closely in the spirit of the “Health City 2030”.