Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep will invest 230 million euro in hospitals in Alkmaar and Den Helder, among others. For this, loans have been granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and BNG Bank. The municipality of Alkmaar guarantees part of the loan.The investment programme concerns the renovation of the Den Helder location, the new construction of the first phase in the Alkmaar location, the construction of an underground parking garage in Alkmaar, the renovation of the Westerlicht home and the implementation of the electronic medical record.
Joop Hendriks, chairman of the board: "We are very glad that we were able to close this financing agreement. We have seen a great collaboration between several governmental institutions, which have all recognised the importance of good quality hospital care in the northern part of the province of Noord-Holland. Thanks to these loans, we can cover our investment programme for the coming years. It will allow us to not only guarantee our quality care, but also further expand it throughout the region. A great milestone for Noordwest!"
The base for the loans was an extensive business case which has seen long negotiations. Thanks to the chosen construction of the loan, Noordwest enjoys particularly advantageous conditions; a longer tenor and a relatively low interest rate. The European Investment Bank will lend EUR 120 million, supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan. A further EUR 110 million comes from BNG Bank. The municipality of Alkmaar will provide a EUR 40 million guarantee on the loans; half of which is meant for the construction of the underground parking, half for the first phase of the new construction of the Alkmaar location.
Signing of the loan agreements. On the front row (from left to rigth): Selma Huizer and Pauline Bieringa (BNG Bank), Joop Hendriks (Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep), Heinz Olbers and Andéol du Tremolet (EIB) and Pieter Dijkman (alderman of the municipality of Alkmaar). Picture by Pierre Mettes.
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