Meet: Marc Noppen

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When everything else fails, just talk to the patient.

Our health care system is faced with major challenges: the ageing of the population, the chronicity and multiplicity of many disorders in this older population, the enormous and very expensive technological and pharmacological evolutions, the budgetary restrictions, the shortage of personnel and the increasing workload with the associated burnout, the digitisation, etc., all this at a blistering and increasing pace. In this increasingly hectic jungle, we sometimes threaten to forget that health care is pre-eminently provided by, for and by people. We forget that our life journey is (always) finite, and (sometimes) bumpy, and can be accompanied by a lot of medical misery. At those moments not only doctors and nurses are needed at your bedside, but also people.

How do we try not to forget this in a hospital? Some scenes from UZ Brussels.

About marc noppen

Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels’ University Hospital UZ Brussel. He is a pulmonologist by training, and holds a PhD in Health Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 145 scientific peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and was visiting professor at various universities and university hospitals (Boston, Montreal, Lille, Perth). He has additional degrees in Pharmaco-economics (University of Antwerp) and management (INSEAD). He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and guest professor at Vlerick Business School Leuven-Gent in Strategic Hospital Management. Marc serves as a Director in a variety of academic and business-related Boards.