Charité - Campus Benjamin Franklin

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Berlin, Germany

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The Charité is a large teaching hospital in Berlin, affiliated with both Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin. With numerous Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Charité is one of Germany’s most research-intensive medical institutions. For five years in a row Charité has been ranked by the news magazine Focus as the best of over 1000 hospitals in Germany.

The Charité is one of the largest hospitals in Europe with about 13200 members of staff, providing more than 3000 hospital beds across its various locations. It consists of 100 individual hospitals, clinics and institutes. The 800,000 patients (of which there are 660,000 outpatients) are cared for by 4100 nurses and care staff and 3700 doctors. The hospital even has its own medical history museum with 750 objects of the collection of Rudolf Virchow. The Charité is one of the biggest employers in Germany’s capital Berlin.

Several Nobel prize winners did work at the Charité, among them are Robert Koch, Paul Ehrlich and Emil von Behring.

The Charité has four different campuses across the city of Berlin:
Campus Charité Mitte (CCM) in Mitte, Berlin
Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) in Lichterfelde, Berlin
Campus Virchow Klinikum (CVK) in Wedding, Berlin
Campus Berlin Buch (CBB) in Buch, Berlin

“History of the Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF)

The division of Germany (and Berlin) into four occupational zones at the end of the Second World War resulted in Berlin’s former university (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität) being confined to the former Soviet sector, thus leaving the Western sector without a university. This situation was remedied when “Freie Universität Berlin” (literally meaning Free University Berlin) was founded in 1948.

As the new university’s medical faculty was initially based across various municipal hospitals, the decision was taken in 1958 to build a large new hospital complex. Construction work for Steglitz Hospital (“Klinikum Steglitz”) began in 1959, and lasted until 1969. The U.S. contributed approximately one fifth of the total cost of the build, a gesture seen as “evidence of the United States’ interest in securing the future of Berlin”. As the first major hospital complex in Europe, the new building managed to combine all institutes, departments, and lecture theaters under one roof.

Over time, spatial constraints forced the relocation of various different institutes, which found new homes in both old and new buildings nearby. In 1994, the hospital was re-named the Benjamin Franklin University Hospital (UKBF) in recognition of the support received from the United States. At the time, the hospital was home to 36 research departments, and offered approximately 1,200 beds. In 2003, UKBF merged with Charité." (Source Charité website)

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Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language German
Funding Status Public

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