Frankfurt The Healthcare company Fresenius with its 86 hospitals, the rapid spread of the corona virus is surprising and plans to expand the number of its intensive care beds. The development is “much more dynamic” than he expected, said CEO Stephan Sturm the “Wirtschaftswoche”.
He currently sees no bottlenecks. Hygiene items such as masks and gloves are sufficiently available. However, he cannot guarantee that personnel and equipment will suffice at the height of the crisis. But he can assure “that we will do everything humanly possible.”
A “low three-digit number” of corona patients is currently being treated in the company’s own Helios clinics. Fresenius Helios is not only active in Germany, but is also represented in Latin America and Spain through its subsidiary Quirónsalud.
Of the currently around 28,000 intensive care beds in Germany, almost 1,000 are in the Helios clinics. “We will probably not be able to double the number, but we will increase it considerably,” announced Sturm. “We are working on converting operating rooms to intensive care units if necessary and are trying to procure additional ventilators.”
The group’s economic situation is calm. “Our operation continues and our products and services are needed more than ever,” said the head of the Bad Homburg Dax group. With a few exceptions, production is running smoothly, in China the factories are working “again at full speed”.
There is no reason to correct the forecasts. When presenting the 2019 figures in February, the group announced that sales in the current year should increase by up to 7 percent in constant currency and profit by up to 5 percent.
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