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Shareholder & History

Three shareholders, one responsibility.

The hospital operators Oberösterreichische Gesundheitholding GmbH, the Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH and Upper Austria. Ordensspitaler Coordination GmbH (OSKG) have pooled their competencies in the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria. The goal: high-quality training that ideally combines teaching, practice and science. The direct connection of all study programs at the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria to the shareholders' health facilities is a unique success factor and enables the use of existing synergies in a special way.

The Upper Austrian health holding

Oberösterreichische Gesundheitsholding

With its stake in the Kepler University Hospital, Oberösterreichische Gesundheitholding GmbH (OÖG) is Upper Austria's largest hospital operator with a total market share of 54.5%. In addition to the Kepler University Hospital in Linz, the OÖG operates 5 regional clinics at 8 locations. The Salzkammergut Klinikum and the Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen Klinikum are priority hospitals.

In addition to its shareholding in Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH (100%), Oberösterreichische Gesundheitholding GmbH also holds interests in Landespflege- und Pflegezentrum GmbH (100%) as well as in the Gmundnerberg therapy center (40%) and in the Rohrbach “Kokon” children’s rehabilitation center (35%). ) and at the Enns rehabilitation clinic (33%).

In the area of training, the OÖG operates a school for health and nursing with different training focuses at each clinic location and also has a total stake of 79.83% in the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions (including 27.33% through Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH and 52.5% % via the OÖG).

The Upper Austrian Health Holding and its majority holdings employ around 14,500 people.

The Kepler University Hospital


With over 1,800 beds and around 6,100 active employees, the Kepler University Hospital is Austria's second largest hospital and the central healthcare provider in Upper Austria. It was created on December 31, 2015 from the merger of the three renowned and traditional Linz hospitals AKh Linz, Linz State Women's and Children's Hospital and Wagner-Jauregg State Mental Hospital. The reason for the merger was the establishment of a medical faculty at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

As Kepler University Hospital, we care deeply about the practice-oriented and technically excellent training of young, ambitious students. We pass on our knowledge in close collaboration with the Johannes Kepler University and guarantee clinical training for medical students at the highest international level.

In addition, the Kepler University Hospital also has three of the best training centers for the following careers: general health and nursing, paediatric and adolescent care, psychiatric healthcare and mental nursing, medical assistant professions and care for the elderly. In addition, numerous special training courses are offered. In the service of health and the promotion of young professionals, we constantly network our expertise in patient care, teaching and research with the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria and other providers of Upper Austrian healthcare.

Die Ordensspitäler Koordinations GmbH

Oberösterreichische Ordensspitäler

The decades-long collaboration between the seven Upper Austrian religious hospitals came to an end in 2002 with the founding of Upper Austria. Order Hospitals Coordination GmbH (OSKG for short) was further intensified. The non-profit GmbH serves as a cooperation platform and enables Upper Austria's competencies to be pooled and networked. Religious hospitals in the interest of optimal and comprehensive treatment for patients. The shareholders of the OSKG are the TAU.GRUPPE of the Franciscan Sisters, the Sisters of the Cross, the Brothers of Mercy, the Elisabeth of Thuringia GmbH and the Vinzenz Group of the Sisters of Mercy. In the Upper Austrian The order's hospitals, each of which is run by the order's own sponsors, employ a total of more than 9,500 people. According to the motto “Serving life”, the Upper Austrians profess their commitment. Religious hospitals with the most modern medical quality, combined with human care and high ethical standards. They are guided by their Christian roots and the goals of the founders of the order. In order to achieve these goals, sound training and continuous development are essential. The Oö. Religious hospitals have a long tradition in education and research. They bring this experience to FH Gesundheitberufe OÖ GmbH as competent partners.


With the founding of the new University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria, it was made possible to offer established training in the health sector in Upper Austria at university level and with internationally recognized degrees from the 2010/2011 academic year. For many years before that, Upper Austrian hospitals had been offering high-quality training in advanced medical-technical professions and midwifery (academies, schools). The increasing internationalization of the educational sector also required existing offerings in these areas to be adapted to the Bologna structures. For this reason, the training offering for medical-technical professions and midwives was developed in a process lasting several years by well-known health experts from science and practice in accordance with the requirements of the FH Study Act and the FH-MTD/HEB Training Ordinance (Ordinance on Fachhochschule Bachelor's Degree Courses for training in advanced medical-technical services and midwives) is further developed.

This resulted in the founding of FH Gesundheitberufe OÖ GmbH in 2010, based in Linz.

Since the 2010/2011 academic year, seven bachelor's degree programs, one master's degree program and one master's degree course have been offered at university level and with internationally recognized degrees. The international competitiveness of the graduates was ensured through the alignment with the European Bachelor and Master system and the comparability of the degrees. The connection between the study programs and the partner hospitals remained, and the central coordination by the umbrella organization enabled valuable synergy effects. In 2018 there was a significant expansion with the bachelor's degree in health and nursing, which was followed by another master's degree and several university courses in nursing.

All study programs enable graduates to meet the complex requirements in healthcare that result from social, medical, technical and economic changes. Years of training experience of the teaching teams and hospitals, lecturers from practice, internships in health facilities and, last but not least, the experience of the three shareholders ensure technically sound, practice-oriented training and intensive collaboration between research and teaching.

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