About us

The Thyroid Network is a partnership between twelve hospitals in the southwest region of the Netherlands.
The purpose of this partnership is to provide excellent thyroid and parathyroid care in the southwest region of the Netherlands, with all the participating hospitals offering high-quality healthcare.

Thyroid Network

Thyroid Network

Internist/endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons, nuclear physicians, pathologists, ophthalmologists, and radiologists pool their knowledge and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid healthcare in the Thyroid Network to provide patients with the best possible care in the best place. Watch this video for additional information on our network.

The Thyroid Network consists of members, network representatives, a science council, and an executive board. Read the network’s internal regulations here. Collaboration within the Thyroid Network is characterized by:

Thyroid Network

Excellent and consistent care

  • The thyroid and parathyroid care provided in our hospitals is high-quality, state-of-the-art, and meets all applicable requirements and standards;
  • Important underlying principles for us are: ‘Setting standards for surgical treatment’ (Dutch Society of Surgeons (NVvH): guiding for us), the ‘SONCOS standardization report’, and the ‘Thyroid carcinoma guideline’ (Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL));
  • We all work according to the ‘Thyroid nodule’ regional care pathway;
  • The healthcare we provide meets national and international standards and the standards that we ourselves have set for the healthcare we provide;
  • We are committed to high-quality registration and improving thyroid and parathyroid care. 

Multidisciplinary pooling of knowledge and expertise

  • We share our knowledge and expertise continuously in a multidisciplinary and inter-hospital consultation group;
  • All the disciplines at the participating hospitals are involved in these consultations;
  • Together we discuss the correct diagnosis and the best treatment for each patient; this means that the patient receives the best care in the best place. 

High-quality information

  • Together we are committed to well-informed patients;
  • This website provides comprehensive information on thyroid disease, diagnostics, and treatment.

Cooperation on medical research

  • Healthcare and research go hand in hand in our network;
  • We are building a joint database and biobank for research;
  • Our science council promotes joint medical research;
  • Together, we make a valuable contribution to innovation and advances in thyroid and parathyroid care.

Network structure

  • Together we provide excellent, effective, and comprehensive diagnosis and healthcare;
  • Where necessary, we refer patients to a colleague;
  • Our network consists of one level 1 hospital and nine level 2 hospitals, in accordance with the requirements set by the Dutch Society of Surgeons and SONCOS (Society of all Medical Specialists in Clinical Oncology in the Netherlands). The network also includes one hospital that specializes in eye diseases.
Board & Organisation

Board & Organisation

The Thyroid Network is a collaboration of several hospitals in the South-West Netherlands region. The aim of this collaboration: excellent (para)thyroid care in the southwest Netherlands region, whereby the care in every hospital is of a high standard. In the Thyroid Network, doctors share their knowledge and expertise regarding patient care and scientific research. As a result, the patient receives the best care, at the best time and in the best place. Our patient is worth this! An independent foundation was established for this partnership on 8 January 2018. The Thyroid Network Foundation is a Public Benefit Institution (ANBI).

A representative of the various hospitals is delegated to the board. The board acts in accordance with established internal rules and furthermore consists of:

  • Mrs. Tessa (T.M.) van Ginhoven, President
  • Mrs. Charlotte (C.) van Noord, Secretary
  • Mr. Edward (W.E.) Visser, member
  • Mr. Hans (J.F.) Zengerink, Treasurer
  • Mr. Marc (M.R.J.) ten Broek


ANBI Status
The Thyroid Network Foundation has been designated by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI in Dutch). This means that donations and legacies are not subject to gift tax or inheritance tax. Donations can also be deducted from income tax.

An institution can only be recognized as a Public Benefit Organization if at least 90% of its activities contribute towards the common good. The Thyroid Network meets this requirement and has therefore been granted ANBI status by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Thyroid Network
Rechtspersoon: Stichting
RSIN/ fiscaal nummer: 858377469
IBAN: NL79 ABNA 0812 4978 13
KvK: 70568286

Remuneration Policy
The Board has the statutory right to reimburse its members’ expenses; so far, however, no such expenses have been claimed. No Board members or employees receive a salary or remuneration.

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