Today, around 100 guests celebrated the topping out ceremony at the new “Competence Centre for Healthcare Professions” which is being set up by the Federal Association of Self-employed Physiotherapists (IFK e.V.). Starting in spring 2013 there will be around 100 staff working in this building on the Healthcare Campus with around 2,500 m² of office space and training facilities. In addition to the IFK, the Association of Medical Professions e.V. is also planning to move its offices to the new building and the opta data group is opening an office in Bochum as well.
Together with the Healthcare University and the Ruhr-University which are both nearby, this emphasises the strong focus on healthcare training and education in Bochum. The IFK is also constructing a modern education facility in the new “Competence Centre for Healthcare Professions”: every year around 4,000 therapists will take part in state-of-the-art training programmes here. In addition to their contracts business and professional policy work, training and education are a key focus for the Federal Association. IFK-Managing Director Dr. Frank Dudda explains: “Above all, the Healthcare Campus offers the healthcare professions the chance to bundle their political interests to ensure they get heard even more on the healthcare stage.”
The Association of Medical Professions e.V., which currently has an office in Dortmund, sees the Healthcare Campus as an opportunity to make good use of synergy effects. The first chairperson of the management board, Hannelore König, also explained: “The Federal Annual General Meeting voted to move to the Healthcare Campus at the end of April because we see good chances for representing the interests of our members’ professions even more efficiently and to develop new professional prospects.”
It was the opportunities for networking which attracted the opta data group from Essen to the Healthcare Campus. According to Managing Director Mark Steinbach: “The Healthcare Campus will be a strategic hub for numerous institutions in the healthcare sector. For opta data as an interface between service providers and health insurance companies and as one of the market leaders it is important to be present at such a location: In this way and together with our partners on the spot, such as the IFK, we can drive innovations ahead on behalf of our customers. That is why we will mainly be using our new premises to support our networks.”