Hidden gem in the mountains: the smallest hospital of Switzerland

Val Müstair, famous remote Swiss mountains – the most eastern valley of Switzerland. Close to the Austrian border. Within the area of the fourth language in Switzerland – the Romansh (besides swissgerman, french and italian) there you find in the little municipality of Santa Maria the “Gesundheitszentrum Val Müstair” or in the fourth language “Center da sandà Val Müstair”.
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History: The start goes back to 1919 when the women of Santa Maria made a donation for a hospital to be build with 300 swiss francs. This early unplugged crowdfunding ended up 1936 with some 15’000 swiss francs while the hospital opened in 1934. The expansion was again a result by the dynamic management of the local women – with a fundraising bazar they collected 130’000 swiss francs in 1970. That attracted other donators and the hospital could meet the growed demand. After the restoration in 2005 the hospital finds it final stage. So far.

Award: 2015 the hospital wins the title “Influencer of the year in Swiss healthcare” at the StrategyCircle Congress. When I met the CEO Judith Fasser there I felt that there it is, the healthcare atmosphere and mentality as I see it, feel it , want it. Authentic, realistic to the bone and yet open for new developments.

Doctors look at an X-ray before they start plastering a fractured lower leg, pictured on February 17, 2012 in Santa Maria in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. The hospital
Doctors look at an X-ray before they start plastering a fractured lower leg, pictured on February 17, 2012 in Santa Maria in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. The hospital “Ospidal Val Muestair” is the second smallest hospital in Switzerland. (KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally)
Aerzte im Ospidal Val Muestair begutachten ein Roentgenbild,  bevor sie ein Bein gipsen, aufgenommen am 17. Februar 2012 in Santa Maria. Das Ospidal Val Muestair ist das zweitkleinste Spital in der Schweiz. (KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally)

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Facts from the annual report 2014
Employees: 54 – more than 80 with all services provided (biggest employer in the area)
Beds longtime care: 28 (Acute hospital 3,5 beds)
Bed occupancy: 94%
Patients 2014: 1770
Own rescue service: 73 operations by ambulance, 3959 km driven
Turnover 2014: About 22 mil swiss francs
Draw area: 1600 people
Helicopter access: Yes
Speciality: Tropic and travel medicine services
Certification: SQS ISO 9001/2008
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I am proud about the engagement of all these people. Like in other remote areas of the world, healthcare services are a must. In spite of budget meetings and other evaluations – remote or rural healthcare often proves a GREAT amount of improvisation and innovation. All of them deliver a spark of future thinking which could ignite the fire of healthcare development in other places.

Thank you Gesundheitszentrum Val Müstair
Maurice Codourey

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