University Hospital Giessen and Marburg

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University Hospital Giessen and Marburg
Sponsorship Rhön Klinikum AG (95%), State of Hesse (5%)
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Coordinates 50 ° 34 ′ 49 "  N , 8 ° 40 ′ 38"  E
management Gunther K. Weiß (Chairman), Werner Seeger , (Deputy Chairman), Christiane Hinck-Kneip, Harald Renz
beds 1,146
Employee 9,700
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University Hospital Giessen and Marburg
place Marburg
Coordinates 50 ° 48 ′ 53 "  N , 8 ° 48 ′ 21"  E
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The University Medical Center Gießen und Marburg GmbH (UKGM) is a hospital of the Rhön Klinikum AG . It emerged from the university clinics of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and the Philipps University of Marburg . It is a maximum care hospital.

Merger and privatization

The hospitals in Marburg and Gießen were merged by the State of Hesse with effect from July 1, 2005 , converted into a GmbH on January 2, 2006 and then privatized by selling 95% of the shares in the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg GmbH . In January 2006, Rhön-Klinikum AG emerged as the buyer from a bidding process; the purchase price of the two clinics was 112 million euros. 5% of the business shares remain with the country, which therefore no longer has any influence on the management . Legal regulations are intended to guarantee research and teaching in this special case; in addition, extensive contractual regulations have been concluded between the State of Hesse, Rhön Klinikum AG and the two universities. The scientific staff is still employed by the state of Hesse and provided for health care services by the GmbH.

Both the Federal Cartel Office and the Science Council declared their consent to privatization on January 27, 2006. On January 31, 2006, the Hessian state parliament approved the sale of the shares in the University Clinic Gießen and Marburg GmbH to Rhön-Klinikum AG with the votes of the CDU and FDP . The first complete privatization of university hospitals in Germany's public university medicine was controversial: In addition to a citizens' initiative , there was an initiative for a referendum against privatization , numerous protests and demonstrations and political resistance because there was fear of a deterioration in patient care and working conditions. The initiative for the referendum has since been discontinued due to unsuccessful developments. A number of employees sued against their transition from the public service to the private GmbH, proceedings by all labor court instances ended with the Federal Constitutional Court : this overturned the decisions of the State Labor Court of Hesse and the Federal Labor Court , which had negative results for the employees, and referred to the transition of the employment relationships to the merged one Institution and later privatized society as unconstitutional. The state of Hesse was given the task of introducing a new statutory regulation by the end of 2011. This is now available as a "law to strengthen workers' rights at the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg" and regulates the possibility of returning to the Hessian state service for the authorized group of people (approx. 4,500 people) upon request.

The separation and calculation of research and teaching organized under public law and private health care is still difficult.

In 2009, an initiative called “NotRuf 113” was formed by resident and employed doctors, nurses, interested citizens and lawyers, employees of the University Hospital Marburg as well as patients and relatives (as of June 2010: 500 members). The initiative accuses the operators of the fact that the quality of treatment and care has plummeted since the privatization. At the same time, it is criticized that after purchasing the two university clinics, Rhön-Klinikum AG is also entering the outpatient care market and buying practices at both locations and expanding them into medical care centers . As a result, so the criticism, a free choice of doctor is no longer guaranteed, because "the aim of the group is to earn money for its shareholders. So the patient of a Rhön MVZ will also be referred to a Rhön clinic and vice versa ”.

In May 2010, Rainer Fromm criticized in the ZDF television documentary The Patient as a commodity that “profit comes before patient well-being” in the clinic. From the documentation that word coming physicians and from producer Rainer Fromm the hospital operator calls cease and desist (January 2011). The legal procedure of the Rhön-Klinikum AG is criticized by the Hessian SPD and the Hessian Greens . The Watchblog the union ver.di joined the union in November 2008 because the Rhoen-Klinikum AG had threatened after testifying to become "nasty".

The privatization in the judgment of the German University Association

In a press release dated July 16, 2013 by the University Medicine Working Group of the German University Association , in which the German Medical Association , the German University Association , the Marburger Bund , the Working Group of Scientific Medical Societies and other medical organizations work together, a negative overall assessment was made. There it was stated “that the privatization of the university clinic at both university locations [...] has failed. The extensive investments are to be refinanced by the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg itself from the current budget. The university clinic [...] is not in a position to do this. ”Furthermore, fundamental positions on the privatization of university hospitals were represented:

“The experience at the Gießen / Marburg Clinic has shown that the expected returns required by the private company cannot be reconciled with the tasks of a university clinic. A university clinic not only consists of treating seriously ill patients, but also has serving tasks in research and teaching. Supporting the medical faculties in the training of students is just as much a task of the university clinics as the further training of young doctors that takes place there. There is a natural tension between these tasks and the generation of the highest possible return. In the opinion of the University Medicine Working Group, university medicine should therefore be organized under public law as part of the state welfare system. "

- German University Association : Press release from July 16, 2013

Giessen location

New surgery building at the Giessen location
Main entrance at the Giessen location
Eye clinic in Giessen


  • Center for Ophthalmology
  • Center for surgery, anesthesiology and urology
  • Center for Dermatology and Andrology
  • Center for Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Center for Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine
  • Center for Human Genetics
  • Center for Internal Medicine
  • Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Center for Laboratory Diagnostics and Pathology
  • Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Center for Ecology
    • Occupational and social medicine
    • Hygiene and environmental medicine
    • Forensic medicine
  • Center for Psychiatry
  • Center for Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Center for Radiology
  • Transplant Center
  • Center for dentistry, oral medicine and maxillofacial medicine


  • Anaesthesiology, intensive care medicine, pain therapy
  • General pediatrics and neonatology
  • Audiology
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Institute for Medical Microbiology Giessen
  • Institute for Medical Virology Giessen
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Medical psychology
  • Medical sociology
  • Neuropediatrics, Social Pediatrics and Epileptology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
  • Pediatric Pneumology and Allergology
  • radiotherapy

Marburg location

Marburg location, former Marburg Clinic
Marburg location, south side of the main building with hospital rooms (orange)
Marburg location, entrance

Centers and Departments

  • Department of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics - Central Laboratory
  • Biometrics and computer science
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Ear, nose and throat medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Hemostaseology - University Blood Bank
  • Institute for Virology at the University of Marburg
  • Clinic for anesthesia and intensive therapy
  • Ophthalmology Clinic
  • Operative medicine
  • pathology
  • Center for Skin Diseases
  • Center for Human Genetics
  • Center for Hygiene and Infection Biology
  • Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine
  • Center for Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine Center
  • Center for Radiology
  • Center for Undetected and Rare Diseases
  • Center for dentistry, oral medicine and maxillofacial medicine
  • Center for Hematology / Oncology / Immunology
  • Department of Neurology

With the opening of the 3rd construction phase at the Marburg location, all specialist clinics, with the exception of the psychiatry and the dental clinic, were relocated from the Lahn Valley to the Lahnberge and thus brought together centrally at one location.

Von Behring Roentgen Foundation

100 million euros of the redeemed purchase price were used by the state of Hesse to establish a foundation to promote university medical research and teaching at the universities of Gießen and Marburg as initial capital. The foundation, which is named after the two Nobel Prize winners Emil von Behring and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen , who carried out research in central Hesse, is one of the largest medical foundations in Germany. Its aim is to “secure new perspectives for university medicine at both locations”.

Foundation bodies

After Joachim-Felix Leonhard , the former Minister of the Chancellery and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DVAG , Friedrich Bohl , was appointed President of the Foundation from December 2012 ; the vice-presidents are the virologist Hans-Dieter Klenk , Marburg, and the ophthalmologist Birgit Lorenz, Giessen. There is also a scientific advisory board made up of 16 medical experts. A board of trustees acts as a supervisory body, chaired by the Hessian State Minister for Science and Art, Angela Dorn .

Award winners / funded projects

  • 2008 - 1st funding round: 2.6 million euros for ten research projects, one fellowship, two symposia and three travel grants.
  • 2009 - 2nd funding round: 1.7 million euros for eight medical research projects, one fellowship, two symposia.
  • 2009 - Young Talent Awards: € 5,000 each goes to Malgorzata Wygrecka and Thomas Strecker.
  • 2010 - 3rd funding round: 1.7 million euros for 14 research projects.
  • 2010 - Young Talent Awards: € 5,000 each to Ivica Grgić and Stephanie Lefèvre.
  • 2010 - Research Medal : Andreas Oksche

Web links

Commons : Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH: Management , accessed on September 8, 2013
  2. Annual report 2015 (PDF)
  3. BVerfG, judgment of January 25, 2011, Az. 1 BvR 1741/09, full text .
  4. UKGM, press release from January 25, 2011
  5. Initiative exercises massive criticism of the operators of the university clinic ( Memento from August 26, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), June 19, 2010
  6. Jutta Rippegather: Rhön AG: Clinic group buys medical practices . In: FR Online , February 13, 2010, accessed July 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Rainer Fromm : The patient as a commodity . Broadcast on May 26, 2011; Video Frontal 21: The patient as a commodity (May 27, 2010)  in the ZDFmediathek , accessed on January 17, 2011. (offline)
  8. Jutta Rippegather: Rhön Clinic takes action against critics . Frankfurter Rundschau , January 5, 2011.
    Gitta Düperthal: You hit the jackpot . young world , January 10, 2011, accessed January 17, 2011.
  9. Thomas Spies (SPD): Round table on medical care in the region . ( Memento of the original from February 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Press release of January 12, 2011, accessed January 17, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. GRÜNE: Rhön-Klinikum should reconsider legal action against critics . Press release January 6, 2011, accessed January 17, 2011.
  11. Jutta Rippegather: Rhön Clinic takes action against critics . Frankfurter Rundschau , January 5, 2011, accessed on January 17, 2011.
  12. Privatization of university medicine failed. German University Association, July 16, 2013, accessed on August 31, 2013 .
  13. ^ The von Behring / Röntgen Foundation ; Retrieved July 15, 2010
  14. ^ Behring Röntgen Foundation: Organization. Retrieved September 9, 2019 .
  15. ↑ Complete list of previously funded projects, PDF ; Retrieved July 15, 2010
  16. idw: Outstanding achievements in medical research recognized ; Retrieved July 15, 2010