Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has provided a €147m loan to the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) to finance the construction of a new hospital project in Helsinki, Finland.
The loan will be used for the construction of Bridge Hospital (Siltasairaala) in Meilahti medical campus in Helsinki.
The Bridge Hospital, the biggest construction project in HUS history, will combine two hospitals into one, bringing efficiency gains through centralisation, streamlining and renewing the treatment processes.
Old trauma centre and other operations of Töölö Hospital, as well as part of the Cancer Centre building will be replaced by the new hospital, which will also be integrated with the other operations at the Meilahti medical campus in Helsinki.
After it is opened in 2023, the Bridge Hospital, together with other units of Meilahti, will become the largest and advanced medical campus in Finland.
Helsinki University Hospital (HUH), which functions as part of HUS, is responsible for treating severe and rare illnesses and ones calling for special expertise and technology.
The new hospital is expected to provide good working conditions for academics, as HUH co-operates in research and education with the faculty of Medicine at Helsinki University.
NIB president and CEO Henrik Normann said: “With improved and modernised infrastructure, the new Bridge Hospital increases the treatment capacity in southern Finland where the demand for these services is significantly increasing.
“For patients, the new hospital will provide high-quality specialised medical care in a comfortable, safe and more easily accessible environment.”
HUS, a joint authority, has been formed by 24 municipalities, and the biggest ones are the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa with a share of around 65%.
HUS provides specialised medical care services in Southern Finland and is the largest hospital district in Finland, serving 1.6 million inhabitants. It is also the second largest employer in Finland, with nearly 24,000 people.
Owned by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, NIB finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries.
Image: A rendering of the Bridge Hospital. Photo: Courtesy of HUS / NIB.