The sustainable hospital. Dissemination.

Following two successful "Fabrik der Zukunft" projects on the theme of sustainable hospitals ("Feasibility study" 2004-2005 and "Testing in a pilot hospital" 2006-2008) the results and key findings were disseminated by a diversified dissemination strategy. The project was based on an intensive and successful more than four-year cross-disciplinary cooperation involving the pilot hospital (SMZ Otto Wagner Spital), the Viennese Hospital Association, the Immanuel Diakonie Group (Berlin) and an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

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Starting point

Following two successful "Fabrik der Zukunft" projects on the theme of sustainable hospitals ("Feasibility study"; 2004-2005 and "Testing in a pilot hospital" 2006-2008), the cross-disciplinary team aimed for distributing the results and key findings from the more than four-year cross-disciplinary cooperation beyond the pilot hospital itself to the following target groups

  • Viennese hospital association (Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund, KAV) and its hospitals (executive staff, quality managers, environmental officers, medical and nursing staff, doctors- and nurses-in-training)
  • Networks of Health Promoting Hospitals
  • Hospital management, health promotion and transdisciplinary research communities

The major results of the trial phase (Fabrik der Zukunftproject 2006-2008):

  • A working understanding of the sustainable hospital, developed in cooperation with key actors.
  • From the three sub-projects: (1) Hospital objectives and measurement system (Sustainability Balanced Scorcard SBSC). Concept to connect EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) and SBSC. (2) Demand-related planning of services for the chronically ill: Calculation model and evidence of savings potential for the Wiener KAV – costs/economy, material/ecology and length of stay/social. (3) Sustainability assessment for processes within in-patient area of a pilot department.
  • Evidence of added value for a hospital organised according to sustainable development criteria.
  • Concept for integration of sustainability concept and health promotion approach.

Goals of the transfer phase

  • Provide impetus for a Vienna-wide rollout for key project results to initiate the implementation of the concept of a sustainable hospital within Vienna and beyond
  • Strengthening the national and international dialogue on the theme of sustainability within Health Promoting Hospitals in Austria, Germany and Switzerland to initiate further implementation projects
  • Establish sustainability as a sub-theme in the national and international network of Health Promoting Hospitals

Contents of transfer strategy

The transfer strategy takes different starting points depending on the target group and consists of four core elements covering a diverse range of activities:

  1. Awareness-raising: "Sustainable hospital instruction"
    Designed to look like a "medicine packet" complete with two instruction leaflets (posters). Introduction about the challenges hospitals have to face today (poster 1) and general information on the concept of the sustainable hospital, with concrete examples from the trial phase (poster 2). Goals: awareness raising to produce interest and motivation to get more detailed information. This is possible via the project website.
  2. Target group specific information: www.das–
    Instructions on the sustainable hospital tailored to the target group's specific requirements which are available online: detailed information and tools from the three testing areas. Goals: orientation and instruction. The website provides summeries and presentations in English.
  3. Networking
    Transfer-Meetings within the Viennese hospital association, contribution to design of (inter)national network of Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) conferences (workshops and sessions), contribution to a large-scale event organised by the Viennese hospital association (2008), oral presentations at (inter)national conferences on HPH, International Urban Health Conference (2008, Vancouver), TD conference (2008, Zürich), Conference "Nachhaltigkeit im Krankenhaus" (2009, Freiburg), IUHPE Confernce (2010, Genf)
    Engagement in building up a German speaking network/cooperation on the theme of sustainability and hospitals (Bern, Freiburg, Berlin, Wien)
  4. Press, publications (seleted)

CliniCum (2010), Standard (2010) European Hospitals (2010); Social Ecology Working Paper, journal publications submitted and in progress.

Highlights of the transfer phase

  • Network/cooperation Bern, Freiburg, Berlin, Wienin order to establish a conference series on "sustainability in hospitals"
  • Implementation within the Immanuel Diakonie Group, Berlin: expanding the existing Balanced Score Card by sustainability aspects
  • Task Force "HPH and the Environment" within the international network of Health Promoting Hospitals
  • The sustainable hospital a "flagship innovation and dissemination project"

The project series on the "sustainable hospital" was elected as "flagship innovation and dissemination project" by an international Fabrik der Zukunft jury. Therefore the Otto Wagner Hospital received an award for its engagement as pilot hospital in the course of the event "Das nachhaltige Krankenhaus. Erfahrungen und Erfolgsmodelle" on April 22th 2010 organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)/program Fabrik der Zukunft.

The "Sustainable hospital instruction" summarises the major results of the project "The sustainable hospital - trial phase". It can be ordered via The Internet platform provides detailed, target group specific information on the project.

Project Partners

Project management

  • Dr. Karl Purzner, SMZ Otto Wagner Spital Wien
  • Mag. Ulli Weisz , Institut für Soziale Ökologie Wien, IFF Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Project or cooperation partner

  • SMZ Otto Wagner Spital, Wien:
    DI Josef Aumayr, Dr. Karl Purzner, Reinhard Bachmann und Patrick M. Hauptmann
  • Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund:
    Mag. Margit Wiederschwinger (bis August 2009) und Mag. Brigitte Zortea-Prokschy
  • Immanuel Diakonie Group, Berlin:
    Mag. Elimar Brandt und Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Schmidt
  • Institut für Soziale Ökologie Wien, IFF, Universität Klagenfurt
    Mag. Ulli Weisz und DI Willi Haas
  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Health Promotion Research
    Univ. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pelikan und Hermann Schmied

Contact Address

OA Dr. Karl Purzner
SMZ Otto Wagner Spital
Stabstelle: Organisationsentwicklung
Sanatoriumstraße 1
A-1140 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 91060 11302

Mag. Ulli Weisz
Institut für soziale Ökologie, IFF, Universität Klagenfurt
Schottenfeldgasse 29
1070 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 522 4000-413