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Hospital Managers’ meeting – “Bridging the gaps and creating opportunities”

21-22 October 2021

About the meeting

The ERN Hospital Managers’ community includes CEOs or Directors of more than 300 hospitals across the EU. They play a key role in the healthcare system and their active engagement is crucial to the success of the networks.

Hospital managers, along with ERN Coordinators, patients’ representatives, representatives of the ERN Board of Member States and the European Commission, participated in a virtual event on 21 & 22 November 2021. The lively meeting featured presentations and debate, driven by plenary sessions and four parallel breakout sessions. Participants also took advantage of virtual networking opportunities during and after the meeting, which was streamed live online.

The event was co-hosted by the European Commission and the Medical University of Gdansk, with the support of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In the process of development of the European Reference Networks (ERNs), the ERN hospital managers play an important role in ensuring the performance and sustainability of the ERNs, obtaining and allocating the necessary resources to facilitate the operation of the ERNs, and contributing to training and research activities.



1st Plenary session: ERNs state of play and lessons learned

Break-out sessions:

Break-out N°1: Digitalisation and data management

Break-out N°2: Research and development opportunities

  • Holm Grässner
    Managing Director ZSE Tübingen, ERN-RND Coordinator
  • Helene Le Borgne
    European Commission – DG Research and Innovation

Break-out N°3: Integration of ERNs into national systems and engagement of underrepresented countries

  • Dimitra Pantelli
    European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • Ladislas Karsenty
    Director of Research and Innovation, Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Paris - APHP
  • Birute Tumiene
    Vilnius University Hospital and a member of the ERN Board of Member States

Break-out N°4 : Care continuity: transition from childhood to adulthood

  • Ruben Diaz
    European Children’s Hospitals Organisation, ECHO
  • Anna Sahlström
    Head of department National and international affairs Karolinska University Hospital, EUHA
  • Andrea Limbourg
    Coordinatrice AD’venir Hôpital universitaire Robert-Debré
  • Susanne Greber-Platzer
    Healthcare Provider, Medical University of Vienna
  • David Nadal
    Adjoint Hospital Manager - Sant Joan De Deu Hospital

2nd Plenary session: Reporting and outcomes from the break-out sessions

3rd Plenary session: Long term vision of the ERN system

4th Plenary session: Future collaboration of ERN hospital managers