Thanks to our expertise in cutting-edge medical technology, Maria Middelares General Hospital has developed into a hospital with many partnerships across national borders. We work intensively with, amongst others, hospitals, GPs, residential care centres, the KU Leuven Flemish Hospital Network, as well as with colleges and universities.
Maria Middelares General Hospital’s perspectives range far afield. That's why there are a lot of partnerships.
Staffing cooperation with St Vincent General Hospital in Deinze
At the end of February 2017, the management boards of our hospital and of St Vincent Hospital in Deinze decided to advance our cooperation by means of a ‘staffing pool’. In concrete terms, this means that since 28 June 2017 both hospitals are being managed by a single management board comprising the same members. Initially, the management boards were composed on a basis of parity. The directorates, medical boards, works councils and other mandatory committees of each hospital have been retained.
The cooperation between our hospitals was augmented by means of a number of inter-hospital clinical cooperatives (for cardiology, pneumology, urology, gastrointestinal diseases etc.). This means that the medical practitioners in these specialist areas work at both sites and also share standby duty. Of course, they also help each other through the exchange of information and expertise in scientific consultations.
Preparation of a common digital medical record
Since 2018, St Vincent General Hospital in Deinze has also been using the Synops digital medical record system developed by the Maria Middelares General Hospital.
Member of the E17 Hospital Network
The E17 Hospital Network was founded in 2015 by three hospitals (including Maria Middelares General Hospital), but currently it consists of seven partners:
- Glorieux General Hospital in Ronse
- Groeninge General Hospital in Kortrijk
- Maria Middelares General Hospital in Ghent
- St Elisabeth General Hospital in Zottegem
- O.L.V. van Lourdes Hospital Waregem
- St Joseph Clinic kn Izegem
- St Vincent General Hospital in Deinze
On 17 May 2019, the seven partners finalised their cooperation as the 'E17 Hospital Network non-profit association'. With the establishment of this non-profit association, the E17 Hospital Network achieved legal status. This was one of the criteria that hospital networks had to meet by 1 January 2020. In May 2020, the Flemish government recognised the E17 Hospital Network as a locoregional clinical hospital network.
Eric Van Zele is the chair of the E17 Hospital Network. More information about the governing bodies of the network can be found here.
KU Leuven Flemish Hospital Network
The KU Leuven Flemish Hospital Network (Vznkul) is a partnership of 30 Flemish hospitals. The partnership’s aim is to strive for higher quality and efficiency in patient care, training, clinical research and management through cooperation.
We are steadily advancing our quality care through active participation in working groups that are organised under the auspices of Vznkul.
Cooperation with other hospitals
Maria Middelares General Hospital also cooperates with various other hospitals for specific examinations or treatments, such as Ghent University Hospital, Jan-Palfijn General Hospital, St Lucas General Hospital, ZorgSaam Hospital De Honte, OLV Hospital Aalst, Leuven University Hospital, UZA, Damiaan General Hospital, Alma General Hospital, Delta General Hospital, St Augustinus, GZA Hospital St Augustinus campus and St Camillus Psychiatric Hospital (KARUS).
Cooperation with other healthcare facilities
In addition, Maria Middelares General Hospital also has cooperation agreements with:
- PZ De Pilgrim;
- Dienst Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg D.G.G.E. (Department of Mental Health D.G.G.E.) – Keizersvest – Ghent;
- Provinciaal Zorgcentrum (Provincial Care Centre) – Lemberge;
- Ghent Palliative Care Network – Eeklo.
For Maria Middelares General Hospital, GPs are pivotal figures in patient care. Constructive cooperation is therefore a decisive factor for good care. In addition to daily contacts, there are also a number of consultation platforms to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience.
Residential care centres
Maria Middelares General Hospital has concluded agreements with a number of residential care centres (e.g. De Lichtervelde residential care centre in Eke, Scheldevelde De Pinte residential care centre, Zonnehove Sint-Denijs-Westrem residential care centre) as preferred partner. A meeting with these organisations is organised twice a year. Additionally, they can also avail themselves of the hospital’s geriatric expertise or request training courses as required. For their part, these residential care centres always work together with the Maria Middelares General Hospital Clinical Laboratory.
- Brugse Vaart residential care centre
- De Foyer residential care centre
- De Lichtervelde residential care centre
- Kanunnik Triest residential care centre
- Kouterhof residential care centre
- Leihome residential care centre
- Mariahuis residential care centre
- Onze Lieve Vrouw Ter Rive residential care centre
- Panhuys Park residential care centre
- Sint-Coleta residential care centre
- Ter Hovingen residential care centre
- Ter Venne residential care centre
- Vincenthof residential care centre
- Leihome residential care centre
Colleges and universities
Our hospital is firmly committed to cooperation with Flemish schools, colleges and universities. Many students gain practical experience for a number of weeks or months by means of an internship with us. Most of them do this while training for a healthcare sector profession, but internships are also available to others. Before starting an internship, students attend a welcome reception.