Verband der Krankenhausdirektoren Deutschlands e.V. (VKD) of Berlin at MEDICA 2021 in Düsseldorf -- COMPAMED Trade Fair
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Verband der Krankenhausdirektoren Deutschlands e.V. (VKD)

Oranienburger Str. 17, 10178 Berlin
Telephone +49 30 288859-11
Fax +49 30 288859-15

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MEDICA 2021 hall map (Hall 12): stand C43

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MEDICA 2021 fairground map: Hall 12

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  • 07  Medical services and publications
  • 07.08  Associations and organisations

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Product category: Associations and organisations

Membership in the VKD e.V.

Membership is open to executives of the top management level, executives of the upper management with economic responsibility as well as junior staff (on the suggestion of a member of the VKD) from hospitals, MVZs at hospitals, rehabilitation and nursing facilities and personalities from the health care sector.

8 good reasons for a membership in the VKD

  1. Integration into the health industrynetwork (consisting of politics, industry, partners and associations),
  2. Co-designing health policy concepts (personal exchange with politicians, e.g. via our dialogue evening),
  3. Personal exchange (within the framework of our events at federal, state and specialist group level),
  4. Promotion of junior management (membership for juniormanagers for a reduced annual fee),
  5. Cooperation with important partners from the healthcare industry (e.g. with the Entscheiderfabrik, which is dedicated to the topic of digitalisation in hospitals),
  6. Continuing education and training (e.g. the university course "Health Care Management" at the SMBS),
  7. Free legal advice from the association Die Führungskräfte,
  8. Special conditions for accident and legal protection insurance through Ecclesia Versicherungsdienst GmbH.
In addition, we offer you further advantages from which you can benefit:

  • MasterCard Gold: All members of the VKD and their partners can make cashless payments worldwide free of charge with the new association credit card.
  • SIXTMietwagen: Save up to 25% on your next rental.
  • Auditing association for clinics and hospitals via AuraSec GmbH for conducting these data protection and information security audits.
  • E-learning for hygiene and mandatory instructions for the entire staff via the company meduplus.
  • Special hotel rates at various hotels throughout Germany: As a VKD member, take advantage of preferential treatment when making reservations.
  • Annual surveys on the situation of hospitals and salary and working time survey in cooperation with the association Die Führungskräfte.
  • Annually you will receive two circulars with all important information about the association's work and important dates.
  • You will receive the annual business report and the annual publication "VKD-Praxisberichte zu aktuellen Fragen des Krankenhausmanagements".
Our association is practical, innovative and dynamic. It is strong through the commitment of our members. In order to remain so lively, we need - just like the health care sector - new impulses from new members, also from junior staff

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Product category: Associations and organisations

Months that had it all - VKD practice reports 2020 published

Corona as a big topic - but the old trouble spots continue to smolder

The numbers are rising again - the second wave of the Corona pandemic seems to be rolling in. "We in the hospitals are ready and able to ramp up the necessary capacities for this again", says VKD President Dr. Josef Düllings. In the current interview of the just published VKD Practice Reports 2020, however, he also warns: "Corona is the big issue - but underneath, the trouble spots continue to smolder" - problems that in some cases have not been solved for years

This year, the latest reports from Hospital Practice focus on just one issue: the Corona pandemic. How have executives and staff experienced the months since March? The authors report on their experiences, insights, innovations, on quickly formed networks, a high level of commitment, readiness of employees characterized by high professional ethics, but also on the sometimes very different situation in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and in nursing care for the elderly. Of course, digitalization plays a role in the reports. Also important: How does leadership work in times of crisis - rather hierarchical or agile? Perhaps both can be combined? State Secretary Andreas Westerfellhaus, who is responsible for nursing care in the Federal Government, emphasises working in interprofessional teams, at eye level, as an important lesson from the pandemic

Dr. Matthias Geiser, Managing Director of the Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic, writes: "No heroic epic - many people involved have contributed to overcoming the crisis" He also notes, however, that the medical outcome is good, while the economic scores are deep and persistent

The experiences, learning processes and developments of recent months will continue to influence the work in hospitals in the future. Whether they will also provide politicians with food for thought for health policy decisions is something to be hoped for, although the recent regulation on the expansion of nursing staff floors does not necessarily suggest that any lessons learned will actually have a lasting effect on everyone. Corona this year has not only covered up flashpoints that have been simmering for years. It has also exacerbated them

The VKD Practice Reports 2020 are available online in the internal members' area at

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Product category: Associations and organisations

The VKD supports

Aktion Saubere Hände (ASH)
Aktion Saubere Hände is a national campaign to improve compliance with hand disinfection in German healthcare facilities.

It was founded on January 1, 2008, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health, by the National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections (NRZ), the German Coalition for Patient Safety (APS) and the Society for the Prevention of Infections. (APS) and the Society for Quality Management in Health Care (Gesellschaft für Qualitätsmanagement in der Gesundheitsversorgung e.V.).

The VKD is involved - join us!

Information under:

Action Alliance for Patient Safety (APS)
The APS is committed to safe health care and is dedicated to the research, development and dissemination of appropriate methods for this purpose.

Representatives of the health care professions, their associations and patient organizations have joined forces in the Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (Patient Safety Action Alliance) to build a common platform for improving patient safety in Germany. Together they decide and support the projects and initiatives of the association.

The Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit (Patient Safety Action Alliance) calls on all healthcare facilities in Germany to participate in the WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY on September 17. Be part of it next year!

You can find further information at: and

German Network of Smoke-Free Hospitals & Health Facilities (DNRfK)
In the DNRfK you meet a circle of committed clinics and experts


  • Smoke-free plus supports the implementation of counselling and tobacco cessation in clinics and health care facilities.
  • The astra plus programme promotes the development of professional health competence in the training of nursing professions.
The Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government supports the DNRfK with the patronage.

Further information can be found at: and

DOC JOB EU places young assistant doctors from the EU in German hospitals for further training. In this way, they want to counteract unused training capacities at German clinics and a generally fragile medical supply: With the help of the online platform, DocJob EU enables and promotes the simple, accurate and reliable placement of assistant doctors / inside from the EU for further training at German clinics.

Doctors from European countries will thus receive the best possible training and professional prospects throughout Europe.
At the same time, German hospitals will be able to make use of their further training capacities and ensure the training of doctors in Europe.

With DOC JOB EU we will thus structurally ensure a sensible use of already existing capacities and resources in Europe.

Further information can be found at:

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Product category: Associations and organisations

Important dates 2020/2021

December 2020 ► Cooperation events with the DKI | virtual

Under the heading "Together for more knowledge", two interesting events will also take place in 2020 in December, about which you can find detailed information on our website or directly at the DKI at and already register now.

4. December Psychiatry industry meeting
8. December Rehab Business Day

March 2021 ► DRG Forum | virtual

The 20th National DRG Forum will be held March 18-19, 2021. In the year of the anniversary, the DRG FORUM will be held for the first time as a hybrid discussion platform for hospital managers and decision-makers from politics, business, associations and science. The topic will be the challenges to inpatient care in view of the Corona pandemic.

As a VKD member you will receive exclusive discounts: you save 15% on the regular price for your online access. Log on to with the coupon code "DRG-2021-VKD" and the price of the selected ticket will be automatically adjusted for you.

For more information, please visit

April 2021 ► 63rd VKD Annual Conference | Leipzig

VKD members and guests will meet for the 63rd VKD Annual Conference on 26 and 27 April 2021 at The Westin Leipzig Hotel. You can expect an interesting programme with renowned speakers, entertainment and culinary delights

Please note this date already. In this context also the general meeting and the election of the new presidency are made up.

Please check our website and our newsletter for the latest information.

September/October 2021 ► EVKM Congress | Budapest

Europe's hospital managers will now meet in Budapest from 29 September to 1 October 2021 for the 29th EVKM Congress (with pre- and post-programme). Please make a note of this date as well.

Information can be found on the congress website

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About us

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The VKD introduces itself:

First and foremost, we are a network for hospital managers. In addition, we are a contact for associations, the media and politics. The aim is to exchange experiences on current health management topics.

To this end, we organise various event formats at
Federal, state and specialist group level.

Since 1903, we have been using the sound practical knowledge and experience of our members to make a positive difference in the interests of the cause - the best possible health care for people - and are thus much more than a professional association

In doing so, our priorities are:

With around 2,250 members, we represent the management of almost all German hospitals, including rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes and psychiatric facilities.