OP to open a private hospital in Tampere in summer 2016
OP Financial Group will open a private hospital in the former Tampella linen factory property downtown Tampere. According to its mission, OP's owner-customers will enjoy a larger range of services related to finance and wellbeing in Pirkanmaa and its neighbouring region too. The hospital should be opened in spring 2016.
"With my background here in Tampere, it is just a great thing to contribute to the Tampella property seeing improvement and getting the status that it deserves in the heart of Tampere. At the same time, this culturohistorical linen factory building will return to Finnish ownership", states Olli Lehtilä, Executive Vice President, OP Non-life Insurance.
"Alongside with banking, non-life insurance and wealth management, we expanded our service range by opening an Omasairaala hospital in Helsinki in 2013. We have got off to a good start in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and our next natural step is to establish ourselves in the second largest growth pole in Finland", continues Lehtilä.
Omasairaala will be renamed Pohjola Health when the Tampere unit is opened. Mikko Rosenlund, OP Tampere Managing Director, is glad about the expanding hospital network - and in that very building: "Thanks to its great location, the place is easily accessible. The new Pohjola Health hospital will supplement OP's service range at local level which enables us to provide ever higher quality service experience to our customers. In the hospital's operating model, insurance and healthcare services are combined in a way that gives customers tangible benefits", says Rosenlund.
Diverse range of services available in Pirkanmaa and its neighbouring region
From the very start, Pohjola Health will offer the same services as the Helsinki unit. The hospital for outpatient surgery specialising in orthopaedic diseases and injuries has grown into a diversified, special hospital with an emergency service, sports clinic, dental care and a unit specialising in otorhinolaryngologic diseases and back surgery. Moreover, the hospital boasts its own occupational healthcare concept.
The Tampere hospital will concentrate on serving customers in the economic territories of Pirkanmaa, Satakunta, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, Central Finland and Southern Ostrobothnia.
"The Helsinki unit serves customers with a range of some 50 kilometres and the Tampere unit has the same approach. It certainly pays to come to our hospital from farther away because of quick access to medical treatment and the resulting quicker recovery" says Harri Aho, Omasairaala's Managing Director.