KI collaboration highlighted on official Karolinska University Hospital opening
The new Karolinska University Hospital building saw its official opening by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden on 25 May. One of the speakers at the event was the Karolinska Institutet president, Ole Petter Ottersen.
“For a successful hospital offering world-class care, research, education and healthcare must be more closely linked, and this has now happened,” he said.
The bright new, open, multi-level entrance hall was filled to the brim with invited guests, staff and patients, who witnessed the culmination of the hospital project that was first planned back in 2001.
Stockholm County Council (SLL) is Karolinska Institutet’s (KI) most important partner, which is why it was also a momentous day for KI when Karolinska University Hospital’s new building, containing the Bioclinicum research facility, was opened. Bioclinicum houses several KI departments that conduct clinical research and education, and now the hospital and the university are connected physically by a pedestrian bridge and a skyway.
Forefront healthcare and patient-cantered research
After the opening speech by HM the King, Irene Svenonius (Moderate party), County Council Finance Commissioner, Anna Starbrink (Liberal party), County Council Healthcare Commissioner and Melvin Samsom, hospital director, cut the ribbon to a fanfare of trumpets and vocal entertainment by the A Scalpella choir. Officiating at the ceremony was Jan Andersson, director of research at SLL and former vice-president of KI.
In her address, Irene Svenonius referred to the fact that Karolinska University Hospital has always been at the forefront in its healthcare and patient-cantered research, and that the new hospital is an important step in the hospital’s 80-year history.
“Research, education and healthcare have a place in our region and our collaboration with KI means that we can extend our reach and create opportunities for providing better healthcare services and treating diseases,” she said.
Karolinska University Hospital has a staff of close to 16,000 and 730 beds.
“The new hospital building has been designed on a 'patient-first' principle and so that healthcare, research and education can interact to an even greater degree towards the goal of offering highly specialised, word-class,” said hospital director Melvin Samsom.
The opening ceremony was followed by a seminar programme, in which many researchers from Karolinska Institutet participated, on how Karolinska University Hospital can contribute to medical breakthroughs.