GEZE supports the Olgäle Foundation for sick children
GEZE GmbH has been supporting the Olga hospital in Stuttgart – nicknamed the ‘Olgäle’ - for many years now . The donations help to provide the highly specialised children's clinic with the equipment it needs to provide its young patients with state-of-the-art care in a child-friendly atmosphere.
Fundraising campaigns for the Olga hospital (children's clinic)
Brigitte Vöster-Alber has supported the Olgäle Foundation for many years now.
The Olga hospital children's clinic is one of the most modern paediatric centres in Europe and so treats patients from far beyond the Stuttgart area. The financial support provided by GEZE over many years helps the Olga hospital to undertake work in fields where the children's hospital's available funds are limited.
The generous donations are due to the social commitment which is shared by the people of Stuttgart and GEZE GmbH's Chief Executive Officer, Brigitte Vöster-Alber. Ms Brigitte Vöster-Alber has been firmly committed to the Olgäle Foundation and its work for many years.
The Olga hospital children's clinic
"We naturally think that we should let the community benefit from the success of our business, and that we should help to provide solutions for local issues. As a mother of four children, I am also aware of the crucial importance of advances in modern paediatrics. That's why I'm even more delighted to be able to support the only children's hospital in Stuttgart in its provision of care and treatment for sick and critically ill children," says Brigitte Vöster-Alber.
Over recent years GEZE's financial support has contributed to the rebuilding of the children's hospital as well as to research projects and to improving the psychosocial care provided for children and their parents.
State-of-the-art ultrasound unit funded by GEZE
A GEZE donation of €100,000 has funded a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for the cardiology department of the Olga hospital – the first of its kind in Germany.
It includes a small transoesophageal echocardiogram device, so ultrasound examinations can be carried out even during operations on the heart. It means the Olgäle has the most effective diagnostic resources for ultrasound investigations too.
The importance of the very latest technology is reflected in every field of medicine, and that should include paediatrics.Brigitte Vöster-Alber, Chief Executive Officer
Brigitte Vöster-Alber handing over the cheque in 2009
The key advantages of ultrasound diagnostics as the key method in diagnosing and monitoring children's heart defects are that it is not invasive, i.e. it does not require any in-patient or out-patient surgery, and it can be carried out as often as is necessary. This type of specialised ultrasound diagnosis means that children generally don't have to undergo other kinds of painful and potentially risky examinations.
In addition, the combination of ultrasound examinations using the latest high-resolution device with cardiac catheterisation procedures allows for treatment without the need for complicated heart surgery.