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OptiMedium June 2020

New development projects in Germany: Lausitz and the Ruhr Valley

LausitzView of Lake Senftenberg, district town in Oberspreewald-Lausitz. Photo: Pixa-bayA region called Lausitz, the second-largest lignite mining area in Germany, faces an uncertain future due to the planned end of coal production. Many ideas have been suggested for new directions; health care should be a priority. The Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture is planning to develop the “Lausitz Model Region for Healthcare”, including a health campus and "Next Generation Hospital".

Using the district of Oberspreewald-Lausitz as an example, OptiMedis is showing how the Lausitz Model Region for Healthcare might look and is currently developing innovative measures specifically tailored to the region to comprehensively restructure its healthcare model toward population-orientated integrated care.

“Health office” for Bochum

In the city of Bochum in the Ruhr Valley, this involves linking urban development with a socially-orientated, health-promoting and future-proof healthcare system at the neighbourhood level. As part of a feasibility study, the city of Bochum has commissioned OptiMedis to design a socio-medical “health office” für the Wattenscheid neighbourhood. It is envisaged as one component of a network across all professional groups in the health and social care domain of Wattenscheid and should be financially sustainable. The Hamburg health kiosk also designed by OptiMedis, which is integrated into the social- and healthcare landscape of the Billstedt and Horn neighbourhoods, is one good example.