“We use three Atego trucks for transporting materials on this site”, says Gerhard Plate. The 57‑year‑old head of transport manages the Lübeck hospital vehicle fleet, which also includes several Mercedes‑Benz Sprinters. These are joined by five further Ategos and additional Sprinters in Kiel. The two operations in Lübeck and Kiel, which are roughly the same size, together form Germany’s second largest university hospital after the Charité in Berlin. The state‑owned company has almost 16,000 employees. Last year it treated exactly 440,824 patients, about three quarters of them as inpatients. The wards and other facilities at both sites are distributed over a total of 103 buildings.