The new “Werner and Michael Otto University Children’s Hospital” at UKE opened Thursday (September 14, 201) after construction lasting three years. The new hospital will pave the way for state-of-art medicine to care for children with cancer, severe neurological and rare congenital diseases and heart diseases as well as children who require liver, kidney or bone marrow transplants. The hospital will be the only one of its kind in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
Donations account for one-third of funding
A third of the EUR 69.5 million in costs have been raised from donations. The City of Hamburg has invested around EUR 20 million while the Werner Otto Foundation and Dr. Michael Otto footed EUR 11.6 million in costs. Clergymen of different religious denominations blessed the pediatric hospital during the festive opening ceremony attended by several hundred invited guests including Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, several philanthropists, donors, supporters and staff. Scholz said: “The new children’s hospital has been designed from a children’s perspective. This building gives them a feeling of safety and courage to live. The wishes and experiences of children have gone straight into the development. I am very impressed. At the same time, the children’s UKE provides ideal conditions for the latest, state-of-the-art medicine.”
Cutting-edge medical technology
The new hospital has 148 beds and its own magnetic resonance scanner which will allow doctors to schedule appointments better and to reduce waiting times for patients. “The new University Children’s Hospital is an enrichment not only for the Hanse city but the entire north German region,” said Dr. Michael Otto.
Pleasant rooms with seating for children and their parents have been provided as well as playrooms for children and youths of all ages and their siblings.
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