City hospitals have a new boss. On Friday afternoon, the supervisory board elected 57-year-old Götz Brodermann as managing director of the municipal subsidiary München Klinik (Mük), in which the five hospitals are organized. He succeeds Axel Fischer, who announced his departure at the end of last year. Brodermann worked as a medical clinic manager in Schwabing between 2013 and 2015 and was therefore well known in the house. He then managed the Carl Thiem Clinic in Cottbus for eight years. When Brodermann can start has yet to be negotiated
“I’m really looking forward to this challenge and to returning to my old place of work,” said Brodermann quoted in a first communication. Before his first engagement in Munich almost ten years ago, Bordermann worked in several positions at the Dr. Horst Schmidt Clinics in Wiesbaden, including as a doctor in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. In addition, Brodermann completed a degree in health economics and then worked in administration. Now he is returning to Munich. “As for my two management colleagues, the Munich Clinic, its employees and the city have a special meaning for me.”
Change at an explosive time
With the decision of the supervisory board, the München Klinik has a completely new trio at the helm: Tim Guderjahn was presented in December 2022 as the successor to the commercial director Dietmar Pawlik, who retired last year. There will also be a change in the position of labor director, who is responsible for human resources. At the beginning of May it was announced that Petra Geistberger would replace the previous managing director, Susanne Diefenthal. The Munich clinic must continue to fight to align itself for the future, explained the head of the supervisory board and mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD). “The management team in its new composition is very well prepared for this.”
The change in the entire management of the Munich Clinic comes at an explosive time. The new boss has big tasks ahead of him: there is an acute shortage of staff, the employees are exhausted after the pandemic. Beds cannot be occupied, energy prices are extraordinarily high and the federal government’s legal requirements make life difficult for communal houses. It has just been announced that the Munich clinic is expecting a record loss of up to 90 million euros in the current financial year. These were not confirmed by the Mük. However, Managing Director Guderjahn recently confirmed that they also work with “worst-case scenarios”.
In addition, the Munich clinic is currently stuck in a renovation and new building program worth around one billion euros. The first successes can already be seen at the Schwabing and Harlaching sites, while a fundamental decision on the continuation of the work has yet to be made in Bogenhausen. All in all, however, the Mük is far behind the original schedule with this major project and therefore has to cope with the meanwhile sharply increased construction costs. The new hospitals should put the Mük on a solid footing technically and economically, but after ten years of renovation, the original concept from 2014 has become obsolete.
A new medical concept is already being developed, but the supervisory board did not want to decide on the future direction of Mük without the new boss. What is certain is that the location on Thalkirchner Strasse, where the dermatology clinic is located, is to be abandoned. Which treatments should be offered in Schwabing, Bogenhausen, Neuperlach and Harlaching in the future will be one of the first big decisions of the new boss trio.