Bergmannsheil Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitätsklinikum Bochum

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Bochum, Germany

Hospital description

The hospital was founded in 1890 as the first hospital in the world to be built to care for injured miners. It is led by the statutory accident insurance, the so-called Berufsgenossenschaft (occupational health and safety insurance). Now it has built up a reputation for acute care, especially related to accidents involving polytrauma, spinal injuries, burns and head injuries. The hospital is well respected for the surgical care of these patients and also plastic surgery.

Situated in the “Ruhr Gebiet”, also known as the “melting pot” of Germany, it lies in a well populated area with access by train to almost the entire country. This entire area is the most densely populated in Germany and, as the history of the hospital might imply, is also home to many mining communities, with many places still carrying out mining of “Braun Kohle” (lignite – used in steam electric power generation and accounting for 24% of Germany’s power).


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language German
Funding Status Member-state


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