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Our strategy

We work day by day on the further improvement of care and the health of the population. Being on the forefront is not enough. We want to be forerunners and take healthcare in the Netherlands further.

Our mission

Together we improve human health and create the healthcare of tomorrow.

Our vision

Together we create more value, because every human being counts.

Connecting Worlds

With our Connecting Worlds strategy we give meaning to our mission and vision. We believe in connecting worlds that are often still separated. This is precisely where unexpected insights and trailblazing innovations arise. At UMC Utrecht we bring the worlds of research , healthcare and education - our core tasks - together with multidisciplinary education and inter-professional training. We connect the worlds of hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers. Of research institutions, laboratories, commercial companies, and the public and social sector. International, national and regional. Of patients, employees, students and citizens. We connect worlds to create an environment in which patients , colleagues  and students  will be seen and heard. Because every person counts.

In our strategy we have defined what are profile is in healthcare, research and education, based on our six focal points:

We bring our mission and vision to life with the unique Utrecht Approach, where take a multidisciplinary approach to innovation, building strong networks, create emphasis by making clear choices to accelerate and reinforce.

Accelerating on content

We are accelerating on research, healthcare and education by focusing on content. In the coming years we are going to accelerate in the following areas, to the benefit of our core tasks and focal points:

Healthy Living

We look at the wishes and needs of the individual by focusing on the prevention of diseases and the furthering of individual healthcare and the individualization of diagnostics, prediction and treatment.

Biofabrication & disease modeling

Combining technology and biology, we design (regenerative) treatment strategies that facilitate the body’s own capacity to recover. We do this based on insights in the underlying mechanisms of the diseases on which we focus.

Molecular science & therapy

We develop effective therapies for diseases by developing a better understanding of these on a molecular and cellular level. Through fundamental research, we create innovative disease models and measurement methods (in combination with artificial intelligence).

Image-guided Interventions

Optical-, X-ray-, and in particular MRI-guided interventions (operating without cutting) are playing an increasingly prominent role in our focal points.

Integral complex care for children

Together with the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and in cooperation with the Princess Máxima Center we are focusing on integral complex care for children to unravel complex disorders and improve treatment and prevention.

Acute complex care

As a trauma center, UMC Utrecht with the Major Incidents Hospital and together with the Central Military Hospital cooperates with the Dutch Defense Ministry (read more about our national partners  occupies a unique position in the large-scale care of the sick and injured. In order to accelerate, we are striving towards state-of-the-art emergency care, operating facilities and intensive care.

The New Utrecht School

In recent years we have invested extensively in educational innovation and reform of our training programs to ensure that our students are well prepared for the healthcare of the future. We are continuing this strategy (‘Fit for the future’) and will give even more attention in our training and continuation courses on inter-professional learning and multidisciplinary education in an inclusive and diverse learning environment. We call this the New Utrecht School. To do this we are working closely with Utrecht University and our other partners in the Knowledge Alliance of TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht (read more about our national partners.

Strengthening the organization

To reach our goals, we are strengthening our organization in the following areas:

Dialog with the patient

With the knowledge and experience of our patients, we can continue to improve and innovate healthcare, education and research at UMC Utrecht. That is why we work together with our patients and why it is important that we listen to them and learn from them.

A good place to work

An organization in which all our colleagues  feel that they are heard and appreciated. Because everyone has talent, we stimulate personal development through training opportunities. We focus on talent management and career tracks.

Powerful networks

A stimulating partner is one that brings different worlds together and creates powerful cooperation at an international, national and regional level. Read more about our partners.

Data science and e-health

Using data, artificial intelligence and digital technology for optimal prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and for the right care in the right place. Our digital healthcare offer is becoming more and more innovative, so that care and also be offered at home.

Affordable and sustainable care

Focusing on socially acceptable costs for services delivered in healthcare, education, research and support. Reducing the negative impact on climate and the environment by offering future-proof healthcare, education and research, from a financial, social as well as environmental point of view.

Agile organization

Stimulating an open culture of appreciation, further developing leadership, and working in multidisciplinary teams with joint responsibility, where every voice counts. We are increasing our focus on results by adapting the strategy to all teams and employees. Read more about this in Our colleagues.

Good accommodation

In cooperation with our partners at Utrecht Science Park , the province and the district, we are building a UMC Utrecht that moves in line with our ambitions and the healthcare of tomorrow. The new Health Campus that we are going to create is aimed at a healthy lifestyle.