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Foundation Stone Laid of Hamburg's New Children's Hospital

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) celebrates laying of the foundation stone. Michael Otto doubles his donation

In the presence of Katharina Fegebank, Vice-Mayor and Hamburg Minister for Science, Research and Equality, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Goeke, medical director and CEO of UKE, numerous employees and patrons and even more children, the foundation stone was laid for the new Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. The new building, which is scheduled to start operations autumn 2017, will unite various medical disciplines to handle complex and rare childhood diseases under one roof, while also offering 152 beds for young patients. The 70 million euro investment is covered by funds from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the UKE, and private sponsors.

Holistic Treatment

UKE’s children’s hospital enjoys an excellent reputation, based on research and expertise at the highest level in regard to rare and highly complex diseases. Families from all over Germany and Europe come to Hamburg to be treated by the experts of the UKE,” said Katharina Fegebank. “With the new building, the quality offered by UKE’s children’s hospital will be taken to a new level. A holistic treatment for seriously ill children, coupled with cutting-edge medicine, provides an incredible asset for Hamburg.”

Michael Otto Doubled Donation

The entrepreneur and chairman of the Otto Group, Dr. Michael Otto doubled his donation promised in 2009 and will now contribute ten million euro to the construction of the medical facility. The honorary citizen of Hamburg wants to know his commitment understood as a motivation for other private donors. “Whoever has success and happiness in life, should thank society by returning some favours, and make state projects possible by private initiative”, Otto said at the ceremony. “I have been fascinated by the future-oriented concept of UKE’s Children’s Hospital from the very start. Here, a clinic will be build, where the imaginative and child-friendly environment will promote healing, and all fields of pediatrics will be united under one roof.” With accommodation for family members in all patient rooms, little patients will be benefitting from family cohesion, which is so important in healing diseases.

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