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Outstanding Hospitals and Renowned Specialists

Certified by the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand, the hand surgery centre at Ortenau Hospital in Offenburg is one of the largest centres of expertise of its kind in Germany. “Treating serious hand injuries requires tremendous expertise and specialist skills, because the anatomy of the hand is so complex,” explains Doctor Eike Mrosek. He is the senior consultant at the Hand Trauma Centre in Offenburg – an institute he helped to establish – and is also the author of one of the standard medical textbooks on hand surgery.

The ‘Ortenauklinikum Offenburg-Kehl’ includes an endoprosthetics centre which offers state-of-the-art care. More than 1,000 patients a year are fitted with artificial devices to replace their knee, hip, elbow, shoulder and ankle joints. “The patients we treat at our certified endoprosthetics centre here in Kehl have the reassurance of knowing that we offer a truly extraordinary level of expertise in artificial joint replacements,” says Bruno Schweigert, senior consultant in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, special orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic rheumatology.

The Premier Choice for Parkinson's Patients

The Parkinson’s Disease Clinic Ortenau has over 60 years of experience in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. “We show our patients that they are our number one priority by offering highly personalised all-round care,” says senior consultant Professor Wolfgang Jost. This specialised clinic in the heart of the Black Forest also regularly plays host to experts, researchers and medical consultants who come here to pool their knowledge on the latest insights into treating Parkinson’s disease.

The Parkinson’s Disease Clinic has also been working closely with Freiburg University Hospital since Wolfgang Jost took charge of the Freiburg outpatient clinic for movement disorders. Jost is a nationally and internationally acclaimed expert in movement disorders and the author of a key work on therapies employing localised injections with botulinum toxin, which has been approved for the treatment of blepharospasm (involuntary tight closure of the eyelids) torticollis (wry neck), hemifacial spasm (involuntary muscle contractions on one side of the face), arm spasticity after a stroke, and chronic migraine. Professor Jost provides an exceptional level of care to patients in the Botulinum toxin outpatient clinic at the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic Wolfach.

The Max Grundig Clinic: 5-Star Check-Up Service

Idyllically situated on the Bühlerhöhe heights of the Black Forest High Road, the Max Grundig Clinic is in a class of its own. It has just 62 beds, yet offers everything you would expect from a state-of-the-art hospital of internal medicine. As well as outstanding medical facilities, it also offers the deluxe atmosphere, service and restaurant facilities of a fivestar hotel. “Half of our patients travel here from the Middle East,” says Professor Curt Diehm. The medical director of the Max Grundig Clinic is the personal physician to prestigious Saudi Arabian families for whom he is on call 24 hours a day – just like his 18 professional colleagues.

The renowned German businessman Max Grundig not only gave the hospital his name, but also provided it with the vision of narrative-based medicine, a concept that allows physicians and staff members to devote all the time in the world to their patients. “Our duty first and foremost is to engage with our patients and to have the medical expertise to know what we’re looking for and recognise it when we find it,” says Professor Diehm.

The hospital of internal medicine specialises in gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, rheumatology, nephrology, orthopaedics, angiology, urology and gynaecology. It also boasts a superb check-up centre which offers the fastest and most comprehensive route to an effective diagnosis. The clinic favours intelligent laboratory algorithms, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound examinations because these methods are painless, risk-free and allow reliable treatment monitoring. It also employs endoscopies as a standard procedure for reaching a definitive diagnosis. “Should we decide that further diagnostics and treatment are necessary, we can immediately refer our patients to colleagues all over Europe who enjoy worldwide renown in their fields. Once treatment has been successfully completed, we offer our patients the chance to return to us for a phase of convalescence or rehabilitation,” Professor Diehm adds. With seven interpreters and physicians who all speak English and/or French, patients have the reassurance of knowing that they can communicate freely and in confidence with their medical team.

Promoting Health Across Borders

The MediClin Heart Center Lahr/Baden is one of Germany’s most modern specialized hospitals. In 2015 it was ranked as one of the country’s premier hospitals in the fields of cardiac surgery and cardiology in one of the most extensive comparisons of German healthcare institutions. The MediClin Heart Center has performed open heart surgery on more than 30,000 patients, and it has carried out more bypass operations without a heart-lung machine than any other hospital in Germany. The hospital management team consists of Professor Ralf Sodian (Head of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery), Professor Eberhard Freiherr von Hodenberg (Head of Internal Medicine and Cardiology) and Doctor Jan Hilberath (Head of Anesthesiology). The Hospital Director is Christoph Rieß.

With the goal of improving the treatment and care of cancer patients, the Ortenau Oncology Centre (OZO) at Ortenau Hospital and the Paul Strauss Centre in Strasbourg have embarked on an interdisciplinary form of collaboration. “That has enabled us to optimise the holistic care we provide to all our cancer patients by tapping into the very latest research findings – and at the same time it means we’re supporting not only basic research, but also translational and clinical research,” explains Dr. Andras Jacob, Director of the OZO. This approach makes it possible to develop new diagnostic and treatment methods which offer additional benefits to patients.

Tranquillity to Revitalise Your Soul

Psychological disorders such as depression, exhaustion, burn-out, and post-traumatic stress disorders can all be successfully treated at the Oberbergklinik in Hornberg in the Black Forest. “It’s important to us that our patients feel at home in our clinic, because that’s vital for the healing process. That’s why we offer a comfortable, luxurious atmosphere which respects our patient’s privacy,” explains Dr. med. Andreas Wahl-Kordon, medical director of the Oberbergklinik in the Black Forest. The clinic offers 60 beds and has a closely-knit team of 22 psychologists, six doctors, five physical therapists, and four art therapists. These experts work together with specially trained nursing staff to support their patients through every phase of the treatment process. Dr. med. Andreas Wahl-Kordon specializes in healthcare and psychotherapy research for anxiety and compulsive disorders as well as cognitive behavioural therapy, the latest evidence-based methods of psychotherapy, and health coaching.