The university hospital Maastricht (azM) and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of the Maastricht University (UM) joined forces in January 2008 in the eighth university medical centre in the Netherlands. The new organization is called Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+).
The main tasks of the Maastricht UMC+ are patient care, education and research, all of which are closely interrelated. In addition to standard patient care, top referral care and advanced clinical care play an important role at the Maastricht UMC+.
Advanced clinical care and top referral care require fine-tuning and close cooperation with the fundamental research and (experimental) clinical research. Key research areas are cardiovascular diseases, oncology, chronic diseases and mental health care and neurosciences.
The Maastricht UMC+ profile:
- In addition to treatment and care, health and the prevention and prediction of diseases is becoming evermore important. The development of demand-driven care has led to the establishment of ‘integrated care’, which gives direction to research and education.
- synergy between public health, primary care, biomedical and clinical medicine
- emphasizing the importance of prevention, early detection of risk factors and early diagnoses
- creating centers of excellence on the key research areas.
The Maastricht UMC+ is located in the centre of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. University medical centers in Liège and Aachen lie within a range of just thirty kilometres. Intensifying collaboration in the Euregion is one of the main goals of the Maastricht UMC+.
The Maastricht UMC+ ( www.summum.mumc.nl, www.azm.nl and www.unimaas.nl/fhml ) has 715 hospital beds, over 6.100 employees and about 4.000 students.
The Maastricht UMC+ is part of the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers, ( NFU, www.nfu.nl ). The NFU is a cooperative venture involving the eight university medical centers (UMCs) in the Netherlands, with the primary aim of promoting the UMCs’ common interests.
(Maastricht, March 2008).