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The first district hospital in Rüdersdorf was founded in 1909. A new building of this hospital was inaugurated in 1967, together with an new health care center called "Policlinic Rüdersdorf". In 1991, with a change of the operating company, it was renamed "Evangelical Free Church Hospital Rüdersdorf."
At the same time as the 100th birthday celebration, the third clinic building at the Rüdersdorf health location, named "Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf", was ceremoniously handed over in 2009. 

In 1995, the first palliative ward in Brandenburg was established in Rüdersdorf. Supported by the diaconal operating company, the palliative care services were expanded in 2012 with the addition of the Palliative Care Base Rüdersdorf for Specialised Outpatient Palliative Care. In 2019 the services were further expanded with the Diakonie Hospiz Woltersdorf.

Since December 2020, Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf is a constituent of the University Hospital Association of the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane.


Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf is an emergency and regular care hospital with 456 available beds and nine specialized departments. Nearby to the hospital is an health care center for specialist and general medical care, called Policlinic Rüdersdorf. 

The Oncological-Palliative Care Center includes five specialised medical fields within the clinic and the policlinic, all managed by a specialist in hematology/oncology and palliative medicine: the colorectal cancer center, the department of palliative medicine, as well as the oncological and palliative consultation service. The policlinic houses the hematology/oncology/palliative practice and the Palliative Care Base Rüdersdorf with the Palliative Care Team, offering Specialised Outpatient Palliative Care to up to 1.500 patients a year.

The Center is further complemented by the Immanuel Klinik Märkische Schweiz, a clinic for oncological rehabilitation, which is also part of the hospital operating company called Immanuel Albertinen Diakonie, as well as the Diakonie Hospiz Woltersdorf.
This network ensures, that patients can receive comprehensive care from the diagnosis of their cancer to therapy, aftercare, rehabilitation, and palliative stages.


Our focus is on integrated oncology and neuropalliative care. On the palliative ward, there are two palliative care physicians who are specialised in hematology and oncology, and one palliative care physician, who is a neurosurgeon. We maintain a close cooperation with the department of neurology. As a diaconal hospital, we also place particular emphasis on providing spiritual care to our patients. 

Within the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, we actively participate in the Centre for Health Services Research with the Integrated Working Group on Psychooncology and Palliative Care. As a cooperating hospital, we have also been involved in studies conducted by the Working Group on Palliative Medicine (APM) of the German Cancer Society (DKG).

Since 2023 we have a professorship for palliative medicine on board, aiming to expand research in this field and integrate the subject of palliative medicine into student teaching.

Another focus is on palliative care training for nursing professionals. Additionally, our clinic holds the authorization for further palliative training for doctors.

Palliative and Supportive Care


The center embraces the philosophy of "continuous palliative care", which aligns with the model developed by Jennifer Temel. Palliative care is initiated from the moment of cancer diagnosis, rather than being limited to the final stages of life. This approach allows for both early integration of palliative care and end-of-life care.

Advanced Care Planning is offered. Patients receive oncological, supportive, and palliative treatment tailored to their specific stage of illness, symptoms, and individual needs. If necessary, tumor-specific measures are taken on the palliative ward, with the goal of providing symptom relief. For dying patients, palliative sedation is available following the guidelines of the EAPC.

Psychooncologists, social services, music therapists, spiritual and hospice services work closely together to support patients and their family members, improving their quality of life. In case of psychological crises, there is a close cooperation with the clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy.
The care structure enables patients to receive their multiprofessional treatment either as inpatients in the clinic, within the respective departments, or on our palliative ward. Additionally, patients have the option to receive treatment as outpatients in our hematology/oncology/palliative practice in the policlinic or at home, with the assistance of our Palliative Care Team, depending on their specific symptoms and individual needs. A transfer to our nearby hospice is possible.

Last update: August 2023


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