Opened in 1982, the complex was new to Switzerland, and the locals were not ready for such a scale. A 1500-bed hospital seemed too expensive, unnecessary, and took up too much space. But now the residents of Lausanne are joking that it would be worthwhile to remove the cathedral so that it does not block the CHUV.
CHUV's first 4,700 employees were blinded by the technical excellence of their new job. "For me, it was a symbol of Swiss prosperity," said Alberto Crespo. "Even visitors from France and the United States were very impressed." Pierre-Francois Louvre first opened the door of the Center in 1981 as an intern intern: "I perceived this celebration of modern medicine as something extraordinary. This building promised a transition to perfect medicine that can withstand competition from the United States. "
And the chief cook of the central building, Jean-Jacques Rench, who came to work here in 1983, was "completely fascinated" with perfectly thought-out equipment, thanks to which the kitchen produced 4,000 complex lunches and dinners a day (today there are 5,000). True, now his memories are mixed with bitterness: "Over the years, the staff of the kitchen has been seriously reduced. We used to have time to invent new recipes. And now my chefs do not even have a free minute to taste the novelties. "
Over the years, the Hospital University Center has been constantly reorganized, and the most important step forward was its informatization. "Every year we" produced "1.4 kilometers of shelving with medical records," recalls Alberto Crespo. "It took fifteen years to digitize all this data." Conflicts between patients and their staff are another change. Thirty years ago, this did not exist. In the 1980s, the legal department of CHUV dealt with a dozen court disputes per year, today their number reaches 150.
"In 1960, at the height of financial euphoria, I wanted to construct something gigantic, but it was not known what," recalls Professor Vincent Barras of the University Institute of Medical and Health History. "The idea was to rationalize and centralize medical services," said Barras. - CHUV has become a symbol of the development of medical institutions in the second half of the 20th century, which combine research centers, student practice spaces and regional hospitals. Combining all these functions in one place is not always easy. "
"The schizophrenia with which the CHUV structures are composed so far combines" sheep "(patients)," cabbage "(students) and attracts" wolves "- famous professors to make the Center noticeable in the Swiss and international medical arena" - with ironic Admiration appreciates the Center newspaper "24 Heures". At the same time, the Hospital University Center saves the budget and at the same time develops new projects. "In a sense, CHUV is the most powerful building in Lausanne," says Vincent Barras.
There is no limit to perfection. All chambers of the main building will be gradually renovated by 2025. Medical departments are separated from scientific ones. Laboratories and administrative structures - removed from the town. A city hospital will appear to provide medical services to the population, consisting of hundreds of beds on the 11th floor of a high-rise building.
An investment of 170 million francs will allow the CHUV Children's Unit to be combined with the Lausanne Children's Hospital in the new L-shaped building next to the metro station.
Professor Jean-Francois Demont this month led the Center for the Memory Center of Leenaards, where they deal with Alzheimer's patients.