New Director of National Hospital System Outlines Strategy

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The National University Hospital of Iceland recently had a new board of directors nominated by Alþingi.

Björn Zoëga, orthopaedic surgeon and current director of the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, has been selected as the chairman of the board.

In a statement, Björn said: “I am very grateful for the trust that has been shown to me with this appointment. I care about the interests of the Icelandic healthcare system and I am convinced that my experience will be useful in the projects that lie ahead. Such an arrangement is important, not only in terms of operations but in terms of the interests of patients, staff and society. I am convinced that it will be for the best of the country.”

Other appointments to the National Hospital’s board include:

  • Gunnar Einarsson, former mayor of Garðabær and doctor of management and education.
  • Höskuldur H. Ólafsson, serving as consultant and business analyst.
  • Ingileif Jónsdóttir, Head of Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases at Icelandic Genetics and Professor of Immunology at the University of Iceland.
  • Sólrún Kristjánsdóttir, CEO of Veitur and managing director.

In a recent interview with Morgunblaðið, Björn outlined his strategy for the National Hospital system.

Björn states that he hopes to simplify the organizational structure of the hospital system. Specifically, he highlights as a problem the excess of employees in the hospital system not directly involved with patient care. In the last few years, he says, the amount of middle management has grown much more than those on the frontlines of patient care.

By simplifying the organizational structure and reorganizing the middle management, Björn hopes to bring Iceland’s National Hospital system in line with other modern hospitals.


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