Huge crowds at the third children's clothing and toy bazaar in Nievern

Huge crowds at the third children’s clothing and toy bazaar in Nievern


NASTÄTTEN/KOBLENZ In the past few days, we have been able to read a lot about the Paulinenstift in Nastätten, but what was actually true about it? And how did the worrying news about the Mittelrhein Community Hospital in Koblenz and Mayen come about? While the Rhein-Lahn district administrator Jörg Denninghoff was criticized in the print media for refusing to accept signatures collected to keep the Paulinenstift in Nastätten, we have now not only looked at that, but also at the facts and figures about the GKM, and what has emerged is more than remarkable. People can and should know who is leading the negotiations, what figures the GKM actually has, who benefits from it and what astonishing connections there are. But let’s start with the most recent events.

District administrator didn’t want to accept supporters’ signatures?

On May 9th there was a meeting called at short notice in Nastätten to preserve the hospital location. Curiously, district administrator Jörg Denninghoff was not personally invited by the organizers, and yet he showed up there to show solidarity with the people. On that day, the organizers were supposed to hand over a petition signed by 5,500 people for the Paulinenstift to the district administrator in a media-effective manner. In his speech at the market square, Jörg Denninghoff emphasized that people and employees should not panic because there would be no reasons for it. Closing the site is not an option for the district administrator. Rather, the question is whether the hospital will be operated independently with the district or continue to be operated with the GKM. In order to be able to assess this at all, reliable figures are needed, and those responsible at the GKM have not yet provided them. First they wanted to have a signed declaration of intent stating that the Rhein-Lahn district would contribute to the costs of the Paulinenstift in the future. Would you buy a used car without taking it for a test drive and at least looking at an MOT report? But that is exactly what is required of the districts of Rhein-Lahn and Rhein-Hunsrück!

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Currently, the municipal authorities, thanks to their majority voting rights in the GKM, decide almost alone how the hospital merger will proceed. The chairman of the shareholders’ meeting is the Mayen district administrator Dr. Alexander Juicy. Who, other than him, should the signatures have sensibly been handed over to? It was precisely these who called for the closure of the Boppard and Nastätten hospital sites without ever having previously answered the questions of district administrators Volker Boch and Jörg Denninghoff. (At the end of our article you will find a video about this. At the 0:33 minute, district administrator Denninghoff announced: “I will definitely take the signatures with me, but I will hand them over to the other district administrator (Dr. Saftig), because he needs to be convinced and not me.”)

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Both district administrators have already stated several times that they are prepared to contribute financially to the costs of the two hospitals. Nastätten is considered necessary, and therefore not only the state is responsible, but also the district, provided there is no cooperation with the GKM or other sponsors.

With District Administrator Jörg Denninghoff and his administration, things will continue with the Paulinenstift, but whether under the flag of the GKM or the district needs to be clarified, and this requires reliable figures that have not yet been available from those responsible in Mayen and Koblenz. It was also claimed in the media that quite a few people were surprised that the district administrator was absent from the last meeting of the district committee, even though everyone involved knew that the district administrator was on annual vacation that was planned months in advance. The surprise may actually have been rather minor, after all the first councilor Gisela Bertram chaired the meeting. We are talking about the person who represented the ill former district administrator Frank Puchtler for months and continued his official duties. Neither Denninghoff nor Bertram are likely to be up for the symbolic politics demanded by the media when it comes to such important issues. This is about livelihoods and fears fueled by the media, which have no substance, since the closure of the hospital site in Nastätten is not an issue for those responsible in the Bad Ems district hall.

Figures and facts about GKM

Although the GKM made a loss of almost EUR 7.6 million in 2015 and 2016, there was a profit of around EUR 3.24 million in the total calculated period from 2014 to 2018. In 2019 there is a deficit on the books of more than 22 million euros. In the Corona years 2020 there are also lousy amounts of more than 4 million euros and in 2021 almost 10 million euros. In 2022 there should have been a profit of more than 2.5 million euros again. This means that from 2014 to 2022 there will be a loss of almost 34 million euros in the books. At this point you have to differentiate between the liquidity requirement by the end of 2024, which will be around 20 million euros, and the real losses in each year that will affect the substance of the equity capital. How such a devastating balance sheet comes about is not obvious at first glance. The district of Mayen-Koblenz and the city of Koblenz have management and responsibility with significant voting rights during this time.

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Boppard and Nastätten are accused of being to blame for the misery, as both hospitals are making losses. Until now, the strong hospitals have supported the financially weaker locations. Especially in Nastätten it was known that it was necessary. This is about a completely different concept for supplying people in rural areas and not in a metropolitan area like Koblenz. Nevertheless, there were already concepts in 2022 for the Boppard and Nastätten locations from the provider Sana to help these hospitals recover from their losses. Instead of seriously considering these ideas, years of negotiations on the overall GKM structure were conducted with Sana, which ultimately failed for well-known reasons to create a multi-million dollar pension fund. Shortly afterwards, content from non-public meetings leaked to various media representatives. The district administrators of the Rhein-Lahn and Rhein-Hunsrück districts were even able to find out about a hastily drawn up restructuring concept with the information that the Nastätten and Boppard locations were to be closed from the newspaper instead of being informed about it directly.

The relevant media deliberately played on the fears of employees and people in the region for a headline, knowing full well that the Nastätten location could not or should not be closed from the Rhein-Lahn district and the state. Serious and trustworthy transparency from those responsible at GKM might look different. The district administrators Denninghoff and Volker Boch were not impressed by the approach and demanded in an open letter that their questions finally be answered and the facts come to the table so that negotiations can take place on an equal footing with the decision-makers at the GKM.

It’s not that far yet. Specific participation in the future discussions was not offered. Things are getting really interesting now.

Responsible persons for and at the GKM and their positions

In many legal matters, the Mittelrhein Community Hospital is represented by the Koblenz law firm Martini, Moog, Vogt, or MMV for short. According to their website, the firm currently employs 31 lawyers. One of them is the honorary CDU parliamentary group leader in the Mayen-Koblenz district, Georg Moesta, who is also the managing partner of the MMV law firm. Volunteering is subject to confidentiality obligations.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Kreissparkasse Mayen and the Sparkasse Koblenz. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kreissparkasse Mayen is Dr. Alexander Saftig, who is also chairman of the GKM shareholders’ meeting. At the same time he is also a CDU member. The Mayor of Sparkasse Koblenz, David Langner (SPD), holds the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors. The aforementioned credit institutions are said to be among the banks that no longer want to extend the credit line. So far, the banks have lived well from credit lines or possible overdrafts. All loans or overdrafts have been serviced so far. But after the negotiations with the possible takeover partner Sana ended, it was indicated that the banks would suddenly no longer play along and that there would be a risk of insolvency. The MMV law firm is a legal partner of GKM. The GKM paid more than 400,000 euros in legal fees for the years 2019 to 2022.

Consequences for the Rhein-Lahn district

The districts of Rhein-Lahn and Rhein-Hunsrück want to save their hospitals. This is not only regulated by law, but also the will of the district administrators and the parliamentary groups in the respective districts. It is unclear how the Nastätten Clinic’s previously assumed loss of 2 to 3 million euros is made up. It is doubtful whether the Paulinenstift can be set up profitably in the future, but the location has no alternative for the people in the Rhein-Lahn district and closure is therefore not an issue for the district administration.

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A lot can be questioned in the approach and the constellation. This certainly also includes whether the Sparkassen Mayen and Koblenz Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Alexander Saftig (KSK Mayen), who is also chairman of the GKM shareholders’ meeting, and David Langner (Sparkasse Koblenz) have no influence on GKM’s credit lines and overdrafts and therefore had to stand idly by as the money tap could be turned off in the future. In a hospital merger, it is not uncommon for large clinics to compensate for the reduced income of smaller hospitals. A community of solidarity. This was precisely what had never been questioned for years, only after negotiations with Sana failed. The scapegoats were quickly identified with the clinics in Nastätten and Boppard. 22 million euros deficit in 2019 alone, of which the houses in Nastätten and Boppard contributed the least, but who will now put on the shoe and take responsibility for the past few years? Apparently not those who have steered the GKM into the devastating situation over the years. There, people duck away and quickly point to secondary theaters of war. And now we come back to the beginning. District Administrator Jörg Denninghoff is currently not available for symbolic politics and certainly not for big polemical speeches. Weakness? Listening is more of his strength and that is an art that actually matters now.

“And now? Sit back and relax. With Jörg Denninghoff there will be no closure of the Paulinenstift in Nastätten. It is not the job of the media to look for the big headlines and make people panic, but rather to provide factual information. The hospital in Nastätten will continue as long as the factions in the district hall stick together, and we have no doubt about that, because in such a situation people stand together. Nice!”

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