Elisabeth Hospital Essen

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Elisabeth Hospital Essen
Sponsorship Contilia GmbH
place Food - Huttrop
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 26 '41 "  N , 7 ° 1' 59"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 26 '41 "  N , 7 ° 1' 59"  E
management Peter Berlin
beds 613
Employee approx. 1300
including doctors about 300
areas of expertise Emergency medicine , gynecology , pediatrics , social pediatrics , cardiology , pediatric surgery , trauma surgery , vascular surgery , internal medicine , gastroenterology , diabetology , nephrology
founding January 23, 1844
Website www.contilia.de
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Elisabeth Hospital 2008, entrance Moltkestrasse / Social Pediatric Center
Aerial view from the northwest of the Elisabeth Hospital in Essen-Huttrop (2009); Main entrance from the left; left edge of picture: Ostfriedhof, right: former headquarters of E.ON Ruhrgas ; below: Ruhrallee

The Elisabeth Hospital Essen is located in the Essen district of Huttrop and is the oldest hospital in Essen. It is an academic teaching hospital of the University of Duisburg-Essen . The sponsor is Contilia GmbH , 66 percent of which is held by the St. Elisabeth Foundation in Essen, 33 percent by the St. Marien Hospital Foundation in Mülheim and one percent by the Caritas organization in the diocese of Essen .

In the Elisabeth Hospital with its 613 beds, around 26,000 patients are treated annually in five specialized intensive care units, an interdisciplinary intermediate care unit and 22 normal wards. In addition, there are around 36,000 patients who are cared for in the interdisciplinary central emergency room and special outpatient departments. This makes it the second largest hospital in the city after the Essen University Hospital.


The Elisabeth Hospital was the first hospital in the city of Essen. It became necessary at a time when industrialization was taking off to a considerable extent in Essen in the middle of the 19th century. The massive immigration of workers for the coal mining and steel industry in the west of the city brought with it social problems, so that the church and city of Essen looked for solutions. They asked the Beguines sisters for help. One of the sisters was Clara Kopp , who initially had six co-sisters from the Order of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Elisabeth established a foundation to build a hospital in 1841.

On January 23, 1844, the sanatorium for the sick began operating in the Elisabethenkloster in the rooms of the former Capuchin monastery in Essen . It was set up with the assets of the convents, the foundation capital and donations from the citizens of Essen. 35 patients could initially be admitted.

As the need for medical care increased rapidly, an extension was added in 1849. For the first time, a dressing room and an operating theater were set up, separated from other rooms . As the immigration of industrial workers continued to rise, so did the need for medical care, and in particular there was an increasing number of accidents at work .

As a result, the number of treatments increased rapidly, so that the hospital became too small and in 1854, the Huyssens Foundation, a second denominational hospital opened in Essen. In 1893 a new building with 280 beds was built for the Elisabeth Hospital on Lindenstrasse. The city continued to grow, new streets and blocks were built, and the hospital soon stood in the way of that expansion. Finally, the city demanded that activities at the previous location be suspended.

View from 1919

As a result, the Order of the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Elisabeth sold the hospital building to the city of Essen in 1909 for 1.5 million gold marks and in the same year acquired ten acres of land from the former Brünglinghaushof in Huttrop. A modern clinic in the corridor system with connections to the monastery, church and farm wing was to be built on a 2.5 hectare site on Moltkestrasse, whereupon an architectural competition was launched in 1910 in which 57 architects took part. In the end, the Essen architects Otto Krämer and Peter Sistenich were awarded the contract. On May 6, 1913, the new building including the church was put into operation. The 500-bed house made of brick masonry was considered a modern hospital with initially two specialties: surgery and internal medicine .

Right at the beginning of the air raids on the Ruhr area in World War II , bombs severely damaged the Elisabeth Hospital. On the night of March 11, 1945, the entire west wing of the nurses' house as well as the operating rooms in the east wing and the X-ray department were finally destroyed. After the war, there was not much time to rebuild. The expansion of the east wing with the infant and toddler department and the operating theater had priority.

In 2003 an extension was built on the back of the Elisabeth Hospital. The new main entrance to the hospital, a central, interdisciplinary emergency room with a new approach to the prone, a new children's ward, a new cafeteria and other elevators are located here. The old main entrance, which led from Moltkestrasse directly into the old central building, was closed. The spur road between Ruhrallee and Herwarthstrasse, where the new main entrance is now, was unnamed until then. In order to erect a memorial to Sister Klara Kopp, the founder of the first Essen hospital and first superior of the “Sisters of Mercy of Saint Elisabeth”, the street on the hospital grounds was named after her in 2005 - the 200th year of the religious's birth.

At the end of March 2010, a new extension for two new wards with a total of 57 beds was completed. It will be erected to the north next to the hospital church without a separate entrance from the outside. The Margareta ward, which is attached to the Clinic for Internal Medicine, has 24 beds on the ground floor, and the Ludgerus ward for the Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology has 33 beds on the upper floor .

Hospital church

Hospital church

The construction of the hospital was accompanied by the construction of the adjoining hospital church on the southwest side, which has been a listed building since 1994. Here, too, the two Essen architects Otto Krämer and Peter Sistenich were in charge . They had to meet the requirements of direct access for visitors from the street, two-thirds of use by laypeople and one-third by sisters, as well as the adoption of the old baroque furnishings from the Capuchin Church that had been in use up until then. The church was consecrated with the hospital on May 6, 1913. The access to the gallery is on the 1st floor of the hospital. Today both Catholic and Protestant services are held, which are broadcast on an in-house television channel.

On March 5, 1943 and October 23 and 25, 1944, the church was badly hit by air raids, but it was immediately repaired true to the original. The most recent extensive renovation work took place between 1996 and 1999.

The rectangular, free-standing church building is integrated into the hospital body in the northeast with the narrow side of the choir. It is covered by a high mansard roof on which there is a two-story turret. On the south-western front of the street, to the right and left of the three-arched entrance area with round columns, there is a small chapel-like tower with a mansard roof and clover-leaf window with its original decorative grilles. In the middle above the entrance portal there is an original statue of the old Capuchin monastery in a niche with a round arch. It shows Mary with Jesus in her arms as she pokes a snake's head with a cross staff as a sign of the immaculate conception.

Hospital church interior

The interior of the church was designed in a neo-baroque architectural style between 1910 and 1913 in order to provide an appropriate setting for all the relics from the second Franciscan monastery church, which were 150 years older at that time. The interior consists of a main and two side aisles. These side aisles are located under a three-sided gallery that also covers the entrance area. The width of the central nave determines the width of the choir, in which the baroque high altar from the second Franciscan monastery church , consecrated in 1764, has been located since the church was consecrated in 1913 . It was consecrated to the Immaculate Received , the Immaculata , which was originally depicted in the altarpiece, but was replaced by an Immaculata statue for the consecration in 1764. In the middle of the abbey coat of arms at the top of the altar is a heart shield, which shows the coat of arms of the donor of this altar, namely the penultimate prince abbess Franziska Christine von Pfalz-Sulzbach (reign 1726–1776). Two side altars, also from this period, are no longer to the side of the main altar, but below the galleries. The six life-size statues on the outside of the side galleries also come from the second monastery church from the 18th century, as well as a memorial stone of the Benedictine abbot Hugo Protaeus from Werden from 1619.

Today's hospital

Clinics and competence centers

Competence centers

  • Center woman and child
Women's Clinic; Clinic for Newborns and Premature Babies, Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine ; Clinic for Pediatric Surgery ; Social Pediatric Center
  • Contilia Heart and Vascular Center
  • diabetes -Zentrum
  • Center for Internal Medicine & Surgery (ZIMC)
Clinic for General, Visceral and Trauma Surgery; Clinic for Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Nephrology ; Clinical oncology network (in cooperation with the St. Marien Hospital Mülheim and the University Hospital Essen)


  • Clinic for acute and emergency medicine
  • Clinic for Anaesthesiology , Operative Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy
  • Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology
  • Clinic for general, visceral and trauma surgery
  • Clinic for Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Diabetology
  • Clinic for Nephrology and Dialysis
  • Women's Clinic
  • Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Phlebology
  • Pediatric Surgery Clinic
  • Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  • Clinic for new and premature babies
  • Radiology Clinic
  • Social Pediatric Center


In addition to equipment for conventional X-ray diagnostics, the Elisabeth Hospital also has a computer tomograph and two magnetic resonance tomographs . The interdisciplinary central emergency department is equipped with three shock and nine additional treatment rooms. Five cardiac catheter and angiography laboratories , as well as a cardiological / cardiac surgical hybrid operating room are available. The Elisabeth Hospital has one neonatal, five surgical and three gynecological operating theaters , one operative, one cardiological / internal, one geriatric / internal and one neonatal / pediatric intensive care unit , as well as an interdisciplinary intermediate care unit . The Elisabeth Hospital is the only hospital in the region to have a clinic for pediatric surgery, and the pediatric clinic is the only one in Essen alongside that of the university clinic. The clinic has four delivery rooms and is a LEVEL 1 perinatal center , with a birth rate of almost 2,000 births per year it is the highest birth rate in the region. The Elisabeth Hospital is one of seven NEF locations of the Essen fire brigade and provides the medical crew for this around the clock . The ambulance vehicle is primarily responsible for the Essen districts Nordviertel , Ostviertel , Südostviertel , Südviertel , Stadtkern , Frillendorf , Huttrop and Bergerhausen .

Clinic management

  • Managing director: Peter Berlin
  • Nursing directors: Simone Sturm
  • Medical director: Peter Markus


The Elisabeth Hospital has been an academic teaching hospital for the University of Duisburg-Essen since 1978.

In addition, the Elisabeth Hospital is involved in the Catholic School for Nursing Professions in Essen (KKS). In the Elisabeth Hospital, the school's trainees can complete the practical part of their health care and nursing , health and child nursing and nursing assistant training. In addition to the University Hospital Essen, the Elisabeth Hospital is the only hospital in Essen that offers the possibility of training in health and children's nursing. At the Haus Berge geriatric center, geriatric nursing students have the opportunity to complete their training on a practical basis.

Contilia Heart and Vascular Center

On May 1, 2009, the Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology and the Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Phlebology founded the Contilia Heart and Vascular Center. Today the Contilia Heart and Vascular Center consists of the Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology, the Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Phlebology and the Clinic for Nephrology and Dialysis at the Elisabeth Hospital in Essen, the Clinic for Cardiology and the Clinic for Nephrology and Dialysis at St. Marien -Hospitals Mülheim an der Ruhr, the therapy and training center for cardiological rehabilitation Essen, the BodyGuard! Center for Preventive Medicine Essen, the Cardiovascular Study Center Essen, the Clinical Diabetes Center of the Elisabeth Hospital Essen, the Practice for Cardiology Kochhäuser / Kolditz (Essen), the Practice for Vascular Surgery Stagge (Essen) and the Outpatient Diabetes Center Bierwirth (Essen).


In 2006, a twelve-part television documentary entitled Beginners in White was created . The WDR accompanied six young interns over several weeks during their first and second year of further training in the Elisabeth Hospital.

Web links

Commons : Elisabeth Hospital Essen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

References and footnotes

  1. a b c Quality Report 2014
  2. There were six convents: the convent at the Dunkhaus, the convent near the tower, the convent in the Zwölfling, the convent in Kettwig (in the Capuchin monastery), the convent at the New Hagen, the convent in the old Hagen
  3. Thomas Dupke: Food. History of a city . Ed .: Ulrich Borsdorf. Peter Pomp Verlag, Bottrop, Essen 2002, ISBN 3-89355-236-7 , p. 313 .
  4. Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung WAZ of December 8, 2009, Essen local section
  5. Excerpt from the list of monuments of the city of Essen ; accessed on May 17, 2018