Ahrend furnishes the 'heart' of UMC St Radboud

The relocation of a hospital benefits from military precision, literally. UMC St. Radboud in Nijmegen put in soldiers who helped with the logistics and security. They also supported the nursing care. Thanks to them the patients are now safely in the new building, which is decorated with Ahrend furniture.

The new building includes 2 large buildings, "the heart of our hospital," says project manager Jacqueline de Boer. "Almost all wards, emergency rooms, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and a large part of the clinics are located there. We also find here all operating rooms, 18 in 1 block with a logistics layer. All these departments are appointed by Ahrend, one of our reputable suppliers. "

The Radboud chose among others Ahrend Loungecape and Ahrend 2020. "We already used that furniture in a pilot, in the dialysis in Boxmeer, a satellite of our hospital. It has an elegant and professional look, but is still warm. This line also offers many variations, although we have given the departments a limited choice in the available colors. Furthermore, it mixes nicely with the existing furniture that is moved along. "

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Ahrend also designed all the furniture on the floorplan. "Of course it takes time to build a hospital, so by the time we actually moved, different departments were grown. Ahrend looked at all departments to see if any additional workstations fit on an OHS responsible manner. "
De Boer looks back on the collaboration contented: "The contact was very intensive, so it was very nice that permanent employees of Ahrend were involved in the project. Because they were present after delivery, they solved it immediately if something was wrong." 

Military deployment
There was also a less obvious party involved in the move: about 200 soldiers. "With those soldiers we picked qualified and experienced staff in house', says De Boer. "That was important for remaining accessible in emergencies. When we moved the entrance of the emergency room to the other side of the building, there was a cordon soldiers ready to accompany any ambulances there.'

Additionally Radboud benefited from the experience soldiers have with such operations. "We adopted the scenario think from them. For example, on the most critical day, the Cardiology and opering rooms opened and did we move the Emergency department. With scenarios we prepared what we could do with deviations from the script. In a hospital, you have to always respond to changes, the patient savety comes first. "

See here the photos of this project.