Women's hospice of the cooperative health insurance funds

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The women's hospice of the cooperative health insurance funds was built as a maternity hospital at Peter-Jordan-Strasse  70 in the 19th district of Döbling in Vienna .


The women's hospice of the cooperative health insurance funds, which was built between 1908 and 1910 according to plans by Victor Postelberg (1869–1920) and opened on October 4, 1909, was the first hospital built by a health insurance company in Vienna . It initiated the turnaround, especially among working-class women, away from the usual home births under poor hygienic conditions and towards delivery in a hospital.

Initially the women's hospice had space for 30 to 35 women, which was increased to 42 over the next four years. By 1927, the capacity was increased to 84 beds through renovations and extensions. In 1912, the Association of Genossenschaftskrankenkassen Vienna expressed the wish to the district administration to extend tram line 40 , which ended in Hochschulstraße (later merged into Gregor-Mendel-Straße ) to the women's hospice.

During the First World War and the interwar period, the number of births fell in Vienna, but it rose here in the women's hospice, so that around 1930 around 25 percent of all children born in Vienna were born here. On July 22, 1936, the responsible municipal department approved the operation of an ambulance.

After Austria was annexed to the German Reich , the women's hospice was first used as a birthing clinic for the privileged and later as a military hospital.

After the Second World War , the women's hospice was restored to its original purpose. In a decision of November 6, 1952, the Federal Ministry for Social Administration approved the women's hospice as a training facility for general practitioners.

After the renovation carried out between June 1, 1964 and March 8, 1965, the hospice enjoyed a good reputation - from 1970 it was in the first place in the Vienna birth statistics - but for cost reasons it was closed on October 4, 1974 and relocated to the Hanusch Hospital decided. The actual closure took place on February 17, 1975.

Prominent doctors working here were Hans Abels , Edmund Waldstein and Ludwig Kraul .

The building was subsequently used by the Vienna International School and, since 1984, by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , which uses it under the name of Adolf Cieslar Haus as the "House of Administration" (seat of the rectorate, human resources, finance department, etc.).

Web links


  • Eugen Hofmokl: Wiener Heilanstalten: Representation of the structures and facilities , A. Hölder, Vienna 1910.
  • Heidi Brunnbauer: In the cottage from Währing / Döbling - interesting houses - interesting people II. Edition Weinviertel, ISBN 978-3-901616-92-1 .

Individual evidence

  1. From the districts. (...) Döbling. In:  Neues Wiener Tagblatt. Democratic Organ , No. 92/1912 (XLVI. Volume), April 4, 1912, p. 7, center. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nwg.

Coordinates: 48 ° 14 ′ 14.4 ″  N , 16 ° 20 ′ 9.7 ″  E