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Israelite Hospital Celebrates 175-Year Jubilee

Germany's only Jewish hospital was founded by Hamburg merchant and uncle of Heinrich Heine in 1839. Today, it's a clinic of international acclaim for treatments of gastric and bowel cancer.

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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About Israelitisches Krankenhaus

The Israelite Hospital was opened at the Hamburger Berg of St Pauli with initially 80 beds as the “hospital of the German-Jewish community, built in memory of the blessed wife Betty Heine by her husband”, where it operated until 1939. Since 1960/61 residing in 180 beds building at Orchideenstieg in Alsterdorf, it today comprises a medical clinic, a surgical clinic and a anesthesiology / critical care medical unit. In addition, a hospice, several medical specialists and other health care providers are located on its premises. Each year, approximately 7,300 in-patients and 4,500 out-patients patients are treated by the clinic, which also serves as academic teaching hospital of the University of Hamburg.

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