Published on 10. June 2019

140 Years of Friedrichshain Hospital

On October 8, 1874, the first patients were admitted to the then Friedrichshain Hospital. At that time, the hospital was the first municipal hospital in Berlin. Since that time, thousands of Berliners have been helped there. The building received great attention and was praised throughout Europe. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was considered a model for many new hospital buildings in the German Reich.

The hospital in Friedrichshain is an important part of Berlin's eventful history and a living part of the Vivantes network. You can read about the exciting history in the brochure published for the occasion, which you can download below.

Brochure: 140 years of the hospital in Friedrichshain (in German!)

The "Krankenhaus Friedrichshain" is one of the oldest health care facilities in Berlin and was built by Martin Gropius and Heino von Schmieden. Until its opening in 1874, which was also due to the suggestion of the physician and scientist Rudolf Virchow, the Charité alone was dedicated to inpatient patient care in Berlin.

"The hospital at Friedrichshain is like a small city of impressive brick buildings on the edge of the Volkspark" reads a crime novel set in Berlin in the early 1930s. Many phases of this city's eventful history have shaped this hospital in its time.

And so today, as one of the largest hospitals in the Vivantes network, this hospital reflects the many facets of the modern vitality of this city. 

In 1962, the first kidney transplant center in the GDR was established here under the direction of Prof. Moritz Mebel, who performed the first successful kidney transplant in the GDR in 1967.

Since April 2010, the hospital in Fröbelstraße in Prenzlauer Berg has been affiliated with Vivantes Klinikum im Friedrichshain.

One of the most modern hospitals in Berlin has recently currently being built in Friedrichshain with a new ward block with 400 beds.

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