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The Maastricht academic hospital 81 before the move. Bguilder, a transition period had started. Many reductions in the lean years of the early 1980s. Led byto 705 beds and half the cost, but ministers Pais and Deetmanand the Dutch Lower Chamber planned to make furtherefore Sint Annadal hospital was sold to the Maastrichtacademic hospital (azM) for the symbolic price of one 208 activities were directed at preparations for the new Dr J. Kremers, the new governor, the powerful Limburg lobby construction of azM in Randwijk. Verhey, the chairman of the prevailed on the ministries and members of parliament in 1983. board, Pistorius, the financial director and Greep, A large majority voted in favour of the best proposal at that time representative with authority regarding construction, visited the to build a new academic hospital in Maastricht with 605 beds. Hague with such frequency, that waiters in the restaurant at the Activities for the construction of the new hospital were to make Binnenhof mistook them for members of parliament. The their imprint on the early years of the azM. members of parliament had to be lobbied, for there were On 1 April 1986, W.J. Deetman, the minister of serious cutbacks and permission for new construction was education and sciences, conducted the official opening of azM delayed. In 1971, Veringa, the minister of education gave the by revealing the new logo. The logo had the shape of a stylised green light for preparations toward an academic hospital with plan of the new azM building and symbolised the beautiful 1,040 beds and an estimated construction budget of one future that was ahead of azM, even when it was still in its early milliard guilders. The Van Campen committee had reduced this stages and housed in an old building. In the first year, the academic hospital was put firmly on the map. In 1986, 313 heart surgery procedures were conducted and research and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia gave the hospital a top reference (highly specialised) function. New specialties were introduced, including rheumatology and geriatrics. The Medical Regional Centre (MRC) was cancelled, but this was compensated for by the development of a primary care Diagnostic Centre. In the same year new members joined the board: the economist L.J.H.M. Brans Brabant succeeded Pistorius as financial and economic director and at the end of that year the board announced the appointment of Dr J.J. Carpay as director of patient care. In the period 1986-1991 the academic functions of patient care, education and research were expanded. All clinical departments were headed by a professor, the medical staff grew in number to 305 specialists and residents while nursing staff increased to almost 850 nurses. The number of admissions


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