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RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG: Annual General Meeting in Frankfurt/Main


09.06.2010 10:22

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Results for financial year 2009

* Further 9.2 % increase in treatments to roughly 1.8 million patients is

proof of the trust people put in our medical care offering.

* With higher revenues of roughly 190 million euros (a gain of 8.9 %) and a

profit of 131.7 million (up 7.4 %), we demonstrate the sustainability of

our growth course also in times of crisis.

Q1 2010 results

* Key figures underscore the good start we have made into the financial


* Overall, 509,793 patients were treated, a rise in patient treatments of

12.7 % compared with the same quarter last year

* Revenues climbed 11.6 % to reach 624.2 million euros.

* Net consolidated profit rose 11.7 % to 34.3 million euros.

* EBITDA rose by EUR 6.1 million or 9.1 % to reach 73.1 million euros.

* EBIT improved 9.4 % to 46.8 million euros.

Forecast for the further course of 2010

The Company confirms its forecast for 2010. Despite a challenging

environment, the Company expects to generate revenues of approximately EUR

2.6 billion and a net profit of roughly EUR 145 million within a range of

plus/minus 5 %. Here, the range for risks and opportunities is represented

by the development of wage negotiations at nearly half of the hospitals as

well as price increases relating to material costs.

Bad Neustadt a.d. Saale/Frankfurt am Main, 9 June 2010

Safe haven for shareholders and patients -

We are available as a strong partner in difficult times

As 'reliable' and a 'guarantor for continuity in times of change' is how

the chairman of the Board of Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG, Wolfgang

Pföhler, speaking on Wednesday in Frankfurt, described the Group's business

model. In times that have seen the 'bursting' of so many bubbles from the

financial and economic world, the Group had kept steadfastly to its course

and was a 'safe haven for shareholders and patients'.

With Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg, the Group yet again had

demonstrated its restructuring expertise. 'Just recently, the most

important scientific advisory body to the German government, the

Wissenschaftsrat, has issued us with a glowing testimonial to Germany's

first-ever privatisation of a university hospital. Our offer to the State

still holds: as an experienced healthcare service provider, we are prepared

to assist the State in fulfilling its healthcare delivery mandate', Pföhler

emphasised. That also applied in the case of Schleswig-Holstein should that

federal state decide for a privatisation. Pföhler moreover extended an

offer of co-operation talks to all financially troubled hospital operators.

Pföhler outlined the challenges of maintaining good healthcare for everyone

in the context of the austerity measures taken by the State in healthcare

on the one hand, and growing demand for healthcare services in a greying

society on the other: 'If the political debate is limited solely financing

models and cost cutting programmes, that falls short of the mark', the

chairman of the Board of Management made clear. What was needed instead was

innovative concepts in order to release the efficiency reserves lying idle

in the system. For that, a steady and consistent expansion of cross-sector

co-operation in outpatient and inpatient care was needed.

Integrated care approaches invariably unlocked huge quality and efficiency

reserves without contribution payers having to pay one single euro more. To

realise this potential, the system had to be given freedom to develop new

forms of co-operation. 'We have to rethink care delivery', Pföhler

explained. Specifically, there was no question that hospitals, as centres

of medical competence, should also offer outpatient services needed by the

hospital as a safety net. In that case the hospital offers state-of-the-art

medical equipment, interdisciplinary expertise as well as highly developed

emergency care. Medical care centres (MVZs) already now secured medical

care in many regions and should play an even greater role as a mainstay of

generalised healthcare delivery. What was important was that only curative

professionals, i.e. doctors and hospitals, should be allowed to operate

MVZs. It was only with their medical expertise that healthcare delivery was

secured in rural regions.

The chairman of the Board of Management urged the importance of 'breaking

new ground in the healthcare system' and in this connection called on the

State to provide the framework but also to 'act as a referee of fair

competition for the best concepts'. Self-initiative in healthcare had to be

emphasised to a greater extent than in the past. People were increasingly

willing to invest in their own healthcare, which was why the possible

options for patients should be expanded. 'This is the only way to shape

tomorrow's healthcare in the interests of people in general and to avoid

rationing and a two-class healthcare system. That is our stated goal.'

'We are embracing the future with sound judgment and determination. For one

thing is clear: We want to achieve further growth, convincing more and more

people with the good quality of our medical care', Pföhler said.

In this respect, RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG could claim a unique selling point: 'We

are the only healthcare provider in Germany with an integrated healthcare

offering. It extends from outpatient-inpatient basic care, over specialised

and intermediate facilities to maximum care provided at our three

university hospitals in Gießen, Marburg und Herzzentrum Leipzig', the

chairman of the Board of Management explained in conclusion.

In a further press release, the Company will inform of the voting results

after conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the afternoon.

RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG is one of the largest healthcare providers in Germany. Its

corporate objective is high-quality medical care for everyone. Currently,

our Group counts 53 hospitals at 42 sites as well as 29 medical care

centres (MVZs) throughout Germany. We employ more than 36,000 persons. In

financial year 2009, roughly 1.8 million patients were treated in the

Group's facilities.

More information is available under: www.rhoen-klinikum-ag.com

Esther Walter

Head of Group Press and Public Relations


Schlossplatz 1

97616 Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale

Phone: +49 9771/ 65 - 1322

Fax: + 49 9771/ 65 - 1820

E-mail: esther.walter@rhoen-klinikum-ag.com

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Schlossplatz 1

97616 Bad Neustadt a.d.Saale


Phone: +49 (0)9771 - 65-0

Fax: +49 (0)9771 - 97 467

E-mail: rka@rhoen-klinikum-ag.com

Internet: www.rhoen-klinikum-ag.com

ISIN: DE0007042301

WKN: 704230

Indices: MDAX

Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), München;

Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart

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