1985 saw the start of a new era, when regional hospitals that up to this point were publicly managed were merged into a new association organized under private law – the Styrian Hospitals Limited Liability Company (abbreviated KAGes for Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft m.b.H.) that is wholly owned by the Federal State of Styria.
This allowed securing the existing medical standard and its further development. The implementation of top modern management methods created ideal conditions for an increased profitability in the operation and development of the hospitals. With this "privatization of public hospitals", Styria – as a pioneer – set a new standard in the national health care system and became the role model for many other federal states. Thus one of the largest companies managed under private law and the largest employer in Styria came into being.
KAGes is a non-profit organization that promotes the public welfare. Its organizational core task is the construction and operation as well as the management of regional hospitals in the Federal State of Styria. The regional hospitals offer patients seeking help high quality 24/7 medical and nursing services throughout the region.