Carla van de Wiel, currently the chairperson of the Treant healthcare group which operates three hospitals in the north, will take on a new position as director of the Haga Hospital in The Hague in December.
Translation by Traci White
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that Van De Wiel became a member of the board at Treant in 2015 and was appointed as the group’s chairperson in 2017. Treant has three hospitals in Stadsknaal, Emmen and Hoogeveen and also operates a number of elder care facilities in the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe.
Last week, Treant officially confirmed plans it had announced months ago to centralise their regional care and close the paediatrics and obstetrics departments in Hoogeveen and Stadskanaal. Starting in mid-September, the paediatrics and obstetrics clinics will be located at the Scheper Hospital in Emmen. Those two departments were targeted in particular because so many paediatricians collectively went on sick leave in 2017 and the care group had been unable to find qualified staff to replace them.
Van De Wiel told the Dagblad that staff shortages were the reason behind the difficult decision. Back in April, staff at the Emmen hospital protested plans to centralise care because they would lead to around 100 layoffs. Treant announced in 2017 that they needed to make 50,000 euros in cutbacks to cover recent losses. In a statement on Treant’s website about Van De Wiel’s departure, the group wrote that the care group was set to be in the black in the 2018 fiscal year.