Personal, innovative and integrative: the Swiss hospital and private clinic group is committed to a sustainable healthcare system, permanent innovation and an appreciative approach in order to preserve the most valuable asset - health.

We are working to develop an integrative and multidisciplinary medicine that enables better management of our patient's health capital. We ensure that all our steps align with sustainable social and environmental policies, putting people and the environment in the spotlight.

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All in one: Integrated Care in the Réseau de l'Arc

«The philosophy of the Swiss Medical Network is to put patients at the centre of all efforts. In the model of Integrated Care, the patient is accompanied throughout his or her life and all health services are coordinated by the Réseau de l'Arc. The main aim is to promote the patient's health and not to take action only when the patient is ill.» Antoine Hubert, Delegate of the Board of Directors

«Swiss Medical Network never had the goal of profiting from the system and watching it collapse. We are a company, but a company whose most fundamental value is to bring about change at all levels - local, regional and federal. We believe that Switzerland deserves a stronger health system.» Raymond Loretan, President of the Board of Directors

Integrated care

The Réseau de l'Arc is the first integrated healthcare organisation in Switzerland and is made up of the former Hôpital du Jura bernois with its two sites in Moutier and Saint-Imier, various Medicentres and a psychiatric network.

Currently, the Swiss health system is in a dead-end situation. Misguided incentives favour unnecessary treatment and cause costs to rise inexorably. In addition, the demographic development in Switzerland in the coming years will lead to stronger growth of the older population group and a further increase in average life expectancy. Consequently, the need for healthcare services will increase both quantitatively and demand a qualitative change.

The aim must be to meet these challenges without exploding costs or compromising quality, and by making efficient and targeted use of the available resources and technologies.

At the Réseau de l'Arc health organisation, the principle is: being and staying healthy pays off.

The principle of Integrated care is based on the recognition that coordination along the treatment pathway can be improved through meaningful networking of service providers. Health care is provided in close cooperation between all actors with the aim of achieving the best possible results.

With the VIVA health plan, the Réseau de l'Arc offers an alternative to compulsory basic health insurance. With a patient-centred approach and a comprehensive range of services, VIVA offers its members first-class healthcare and significantly reduces costs.

With Viva, members can finally enjoy a positive healthcare experience based on their needs and expectations, while preserving their budget.

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Transforming a system that benefits few into a system that benefits all

People Management: A diverse network - a common goal

The Swiss Medical Network spans many different cultural and linguistic regions of Switzerland. The clinics and centres traditionally have a great deal of autonomy and their own historically evolved culture. However different each clinic and region may be, they are all united by common values and the goal of promoting and maintaining patient health.

Professional values

Patients entrust us with their most valuable asset: Their health. Therefore, it is essential for Swiss Medical Network that the patient is at the centre of all efforts and receives personalised medicine. In the course of this, quality and excellence have the highest priority in all our clinics. Furthermore, the Integrated Care project aims to strengthen prevention and thus prevent diseases. In order to achieve these ambitious values every day in all areas, team spirit is at the centre of all professional activities.

Human values

Whether dealing with patients or staff: Interactions should always be characterised by goodwill and trust. At the Swiss Medical Network, people treat each other with respect and appreciation. This recognition is reflected in the company through the promotion of our employees and the strengthening of entrepreneurial spirit or internal mobility. Finally, the compatibility of family and career is important to the Swiss Medical Network in order to provide the conditions for the advancement of women and the strengthening of families.

Corporate values

In the ever-changing healthcare landscape, it is important as a company to promote an agile approach and constantly re-evaluate processes to strengthen effectiveness and efficiency. The local anchoring of the clinics gives them a lot of autonomy and allows them to operate close to the community. Finally, Swiss Medical Network attaches great importance to the sustainability of all actions in order to respect the environment, nature and the individual.

Dominique Sartori, Chief Sustainability Officer of SwissMedical Network

Dominique Sartori is a recognised specialist in alternative energies and has carried out various ecological projects in his capacity as Director of the Hôpital du Jura bernois.

He has been helping to implement our sustainability strategy :

  • Sustainability of the health system in the sense of its quality and economy: only a health system that is able to contain the explosion in costs and place the health of the individual at the centre of its concerns can survive in the long term. Our integrated healthcare project in the Bernese Jura is precisely in line with this perspective and is taking concrete forms.
  • Sustainability of our corporate culture: we empower and encourage our employees and patients. We encourage cooperation based on respect and mutual trust. This will be expressed in our new charter.
  • Sustainability of our ecosystem: we promote energy efficiency and biodiversity, we are committed to reducing waste, and we focus on a healthy lifestyle for our patients, physicians and employees.

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Actions for the climate

We strive to be environmentally friendly and to continuously improve our environmental impact reduction across our organisation. In particular, we take action in the way we power our facilities; purchase food, medical supplies and equipment; manage waste and promote soft mobility amongst our staff.

Preservation of natural resources

  • Implementing practices and equipment to reduce and/or recycle their energy use
  • Progressively replacing oil-fired boilers
  • Optimising light sources: sun, LED, motion detectors

Transition to the circular economy

Programmes to reduce, reuse and/or recycle waste from food as well as from medical equipment and utensils. For example:

  • Eliminating the use of plastic cutlery
  • Zero food waste policy in partnership with our partners

Procurement of local products

This is one of the Group’s important purchasing principles and most clinics put it into practice by purchasing products with a short supply chain.

Soft mobility

Most clinics offer a mobility programme and a contribution to public transport season tickets (SBB) to encourage employees to use public transport.

In some clinics, electric bicycles are also available to employees. Electricity charging points have been installed and company cars are all electric. 

Genolier Innovation Hub – A platform for healthcare companies

“We strongly believe that innovation is a key driver for creating shared value for patients, researchers and the medical profession as a whole, with direct benefits for society. ” 

A new research and development hub dedicated to medical innovation with a view to accelerating patient access to the latest products, technologies and services.

It will directly link the research conducted by companies and laboratories with practical application for patients in clinical trials and tests. 

The Genolier Innovation Hub will play host to international companies and researchers who are active in the medtech, pharma and bioscience fields. Companies such as Accuray and Raysearch, which specialise in radiotherapy, will set up research and training centres in the area. There are collaborations in the pipeline with numerous partners also present in the Health Valley, including the Biopôle and the Haute Ecole La Source. 

Construction of the Genolier Innovation Hub began in late 2021 and the facility is scheduled to open in late 2024.

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