FRANKFURT, March 2 German healthcare group
Fresenius has no plans to close any of the 110
hospitals it operates, including the 38 recently purchased from
Rhoen-Klinikum for 3 billion euros, the company said
Francesco De Meo, head of the Helios hospital division at
Fresenius, said there were too many hospitals in Germany and
that the "bad" ones needed to be shut down, according to an
interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
But that doesn't point to any closures by the Fresenius
group, a spokesman said.
"There are neither plans to close clinics from the existing
Helios network nor newly acquired Rhoen clinics," he said.
De Meo said Fresenius would need to cut a small number of
administrative jobs over time after its Rhoen purchase.
Fresenius cemented its position as Germany's largest
private-sector hospital operator with the Rhoen purchase, which
was approved by German competition authorities in February.
Fresenius began buying hospital chains in 2005 with the
purchase of Helios Kliniken GmbH.
Private operators in Germany have also grown by taking over
underfunded public-sector hospitals from debt-laden
(Reporting by Thomas Atkins; editing by Jason Neely)