Although I've certainly heard about the phenomenon of the company doctor, I was nonetheless curious - not least because, as a Krones newbie, you're always pleased to get the chance to get to know the company better.
So who is actually our company doctor? When exactly can you see him? And when was the Company Medical Service originally established at Krones? I've done some research and I can reveal this much in advance: The company medical service at Krones even celebrated its 30th birthday last year. Well, I guess it's about time to introduce them here on the blog, isn't it?
Once upon a time …
“Here is some money, young man, now do something with it,” said Dr. Hermann Kronseder in 1989 when he placed responsibility for the company medical service into the hands of Dr. Axel Becher along with a budget of 250,000 marks. A lot has happened in the meantime.
In 1990 the practice moved into building 0.5 in Neutraubling, which was modernised and expanded in a number of stages. Since then the main site has looked after the Nittenau plant as well. In response to the rising number of patients, further space was created a couple of years later along with a complete renovation – and all that while continuing to provide medical services.
“We had to do a lot of improvisation,” recalls medical specialist Christina Sperl-Steiner, who has herself been on the team since day one.
“Because when a pneumatic hammer is breaking through the wall beside you, it’s often difficult to carry out a hearing test.” The practice now has several treatment rooms, an emergency area allowing rapid access from outside and even a room for physical treatment.