Another milestone – Aesculap Academy lays foundation stone in BioMedical Science Park Bochum

Construction work on the Aesculap Academy in the BioMedical Science Park Bochum is now under way. On 22 May the foundation stone for the Bochum branch of the medical training and continuing education centre was laid to mark the beginning of the first phase of construction. Investment in the approximately 2000 m² new building amounts to around 10 million Euros with completion planned for the first quarter of 2013.

There were representatives from the worlds of science, business and science at the foundation stone laying ceremony today. Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Chairman of the Board of Aesculap AG, complimented the unique surroundings in his opening speech: “This initiative by the North-Rhine Westphalian government towards creating the Healthcare Campus NRW has impressed us greatly. The close cooperation with the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Healthcare University and our neighbours, such as the Federal Association of Self-Employed Physiotherapists (IFK e.V.), sees the creation of an impressive concentration of medical competence here. As a partner we want to strengthen and intensify cooperation with the academic institutions of the region. This cooperation is a significant feature and strength of the location of Bochum as far as the Aesculap Academy is concerned and, in addition to our headquarters in Tuttlingen and our centre in Berlin, this sees us setting up our third ideally located branch where doctors, nursing and clinic staff from North-Rhine Westphalia, the adjoining German states and the Benelux countries will be made fit for the future through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange”.

The Aesculap AG board, Dr. Joachim Schulz, Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel and Dr. Harald Stallforth (from the left) deposit a time capsule while laying the foundation stone.

Dr. Ottilie Scholz, Lord Mayor of the City of Bochum also emphasised how important this network is: “Training and continuing education in the medical sector are becoming more and more important in Bochum. The Aesculap Academy’s specialised medical training programmes complement this in an ideal way. So I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome the Aesculap Academy to Bochum and I am looking forward to the numerous cooperations which will be initiated here”. “The close proximity to the healthcare service providers and the integration in the university landscape means this location is right at the centre of research and teaching,” Mr Knaebel’s comments were warmly received. “The Ruhr-University Bochum is very pleased that the Aesculap Academy, a member of the worldwide B.Braun group, has come to the Healthcare Campus in Bochum right next door to the Ruhr University. Existing contacts can be intensified and I am sure new ones will be made in future!” Gerhard Möller, Chancellor of the Ruhr-University Bochum said at the foundation stone laying ceremony. Arndt Winter, Head of the State Centre for Health North-Rhine Westphalia underlined this statement as well: “I am looking forward to being neighbours with the Aesculap Academy and hope it will lead to a fruitful partnership with the Healthcare Campus NRW when it comes to ensuring the provision of sustainable training programmes and qualifications for healthcare professions and treatment for patients. With the Aesculap Academy and the new Healthcare University both the city and the region have succeeded in strengthening their position on these important future-oriented issues.”

The contract for the approximately 4300 m² site in the BioMedical Science Park Bochum was signed in June last year. The 3200 m² new building will be spread over two construction phases. In the first phase workshop and seminar rooms, an exhibition and advice centre as well as office and technology spaces will be created on two floors. An exhibition in the “Expertisium” on the topic of medical knowledge transfer rounds off this project. The building will be constructed according to a design from the Günter Hermann Architects in Stuttgart who won the design competition. “The overall concept convinced us on both architectural and design levels and it will certainly do justice to the high functional demands of a medical training centre”, Knaebel explained the jury’s decision. The first construction phase involves investments amounting to around 10 million Euros and the Aesculap Academy is planning to open their doors in April 2013.

“The fact that the Aesculap Academy has decided to locate here and lay the foundation stone today is a great pleasure for us, a confirmation and a positive signal all at the same time: it is a great pleasure because such a well respected company is opening a new branch here in Bochum; it is confirmation that we are doing things right in Bochum as a company like B.Braun Melsungen AG is taking up our services for the healthcare sector, and it is a positive signal because it means the development of the BioMedical Science Park and the Healthcare Campus is becoming even more concrete”, enthused Johannes Peiling, responsible for the development of the BioMedical Science Park at the Entwicklungsgesellschaft Ruhr-Bochum mbH. When the site has been successfully integrated in the overall landscape here, the second construction phase of the Aesculap Academy Bochum can be started. The site has already been purchased and the draft design has been prepared. The second module will join directly onto the first and will provide a lecture theatre with 126 places as well as more workshop and seminar rooms. 6.5 million Euros have been calculated for this and construction is expected to take 14 months.

The Aesculap Academy GmbH is a subsidiary of Aesculap AG, a division of the internationally active healthcare suppliers B.Braun Melsungen AG. With offices in Tuttlingen and Berlin as well as at 30 international locations, the company has been considered to be one of the most significant forums for medical training and continuing education worldwide since 1995. Every year over 70 000 experts from a variety of medical fields take part in courses offered by the Aesculap Academy around the world. The Aesculap Academy’s core business is providing “skills method training” in the field of surgery, anaesthetics and in all operation and intervention medicine and nursing care disciplines as well as providing special training concepts for hospital staff and personnel in doctors’ practices. The courses are developed in conjunction with top experts and opinion leaders with a board of scientific advisors ensuring the high quality of the course contents.

Photo above: At the foundation stone ceremony and looking forward to the Aesculap Academy Bochum and the cooperations this will lead to: (from the left) Dr. Joachim Schulz (Board of Aesculap AG), Architect Günter Hermann, Felicitas Janßen (Managing Director Aesculap Academy), Arndt Winterer (Head of LZG NRW), Gerhard Möller (Chancellor RUB), Lord Mayor Dr. Ottilie Scholz (City of Bochum), Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel (Chariman of the Board Aesculap AG), Dr. Dr. h. c. Elmar W. Weiler (Principal RUB), Dr. Harald Stallforth (Board of Aesculap AG).

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