The Evangelische Huyssens-Stiftung has been founded in 1854 as the first Protestant hospital in Essen, at that time a centre of coal mining and steel industry. Today the Kliniken Essen-Mitte which are consisting of two hospitals (Huyssenstiftung and Knappschaftkrankenhaus) represent a modern teaching hospital of the University of Duisburg-Essen still bound to Christian principles. The 2 hospitals provide 696 beds and four day-clinics within 14 faculties.
The Kliniken Essen-Mitte are dedicated to the treatment of patients with malignant diseases with more than 16,500 cases having been taken care of in 2015. The centre is providing several national and international cancer centres beside that of integrated oncology and palliative medicine (oncology, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gynaecologic cancers, regional therapy).
The department for Medical Oncology has its focus on gastrointestinal oncology, geriatric oncology, urologic oncology, regional therapy, and palliative medicine. There is a close and structured collaboration with the departments of visceral and minimal invasive surgery, urology, interventional radiology, integrative medicine, and palliative care. Moreover, there is a cooperation with the outpatient cancer centre (Ambulantes Tumorzentrum Essen) on the ground of the Kliniken Essen-Mitte comprising institutes for radio oncology, medical oncology and haematology, radio diagnostics, and nuclear medicine.
Palliative and supportive care
At the centre patients with malignant diseases who are in need of specialized palliative care are treated either in the department of medical oncology (60 beds, day clinic for outpatients) or in the department of palliative care (11 beds, day clinic for outpatients). Patients with non-malignant diseases and severe symptoms were also treated in the PC department. Additionally, a fully recovered specialized palliative service for patients living at home (“SAPV”) is offered by the therapeutic team (nurses and physicians). A volunteers group is completing the palliative service of the centre. In order to provide high standard and accredited education an Academy for Palliative Care and Hospice Work is located at the PC department, which offers a broad spectrum of teaching activities, working groups and discussion forums.