For centuries, Hamburg’s economy has not only contributed to research and science, but has also played a major role in building the excellent medical structure existing in the Hanseatic city. Thus, a 175 years ago, the uncle of the poet Heinrich Heine, the banker and merchant Salomon Heine, donated 80,000 Mark Banco towards a hospital, which, for the very first time in Hamburg’s history, was open to all patients, regardless of origin, nationality or religion.
Interdisciplinary networking hospital
Today, the Israelite Hospital (Israelitisches Krankenhaus, IK) is a clinic of excellence in the treatment of diseases of the digestive organs, and particularly of tumors. According to the latest survey (2013) of AOK, Barmer GEK and patient initiative “White Care”, Hamburg’s second oldest hospital is regarded as the city’s best. To keep the medical care of the highest level, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has been supporting the expansion and modernisation of the
hospital with significant investments, such as the recent expansion of the
Intensive care unit funded by Hamburg with 650,000 euro.
High cure rate in gastro-intestinal cancer
The successful work in the treatment of gastric and colorectal cancer at the Jewish Hospital has also been confirmed by the latest survey of the Hamburg Cancer Registry. In the years 2007 to 2009, the relative five-year survival rate in cases of colorectal cancer averages around 58 per cent in Hamburg’s hospitals. The Israelite Hospital (IK), however, boasts a cure rate of 75 per cent. Particularly impressive are the results of the treatment of colorectal cancer tumors UICC Stage 2 from 2004 to 2012. Here, the average cure rate in Hamburg is 82 per cent, and with patients of IK even at 99 per cent. In the treatment of gastric tumors, the relative five-year survival in Hamburg hospitals in the years 2007 to 2009 is around 30 per cent, at the IK at 47 per cent.
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