Organ Centres

The term "centre", which has been in increasingly widespread use over the past few years, does not have a precise legal or content-based definition, meaning that the word “centre” is unfortunately not protected. There is a risk that different people will have different definitions of a “centre”. At any rate, the idea of a "centre" creates an expectation among patients that they will receive highly qualified treatment. As a result, this term must not be used carelessly. Unless the creation of a centre actually results in a substantial change in the range of services offered, the quality label "centre" can be misleading.

Centres are predominantly established for two reasons.

1. Specialisation
Highly complex (e.g. oncological) or rare diseases should not be treated at every site. Legislative bodies call for and encourage (in terms of hospital planning) the establishment of treatment centres, namely specialist centres with a particularly good understanding of specific clinical diseases. This specialisation usually involves a mandatorily structured interdisciplinary or even cross-sectoral collaboration, specific equipment facilities and proven medical professional skills.

2. Concentration
For both medical and economic reasons, it also makes sense for operating hospitals to treat similar cases (e.g. endoprosthetics) in one location. Grouping together similar patients can either be done within one hospital or between hospitals within a given catchment area. The medical advantage of this approach has been identified by a large number of studies, which show a positive correlation between the number of cases and the quality of the results achieved (known as the experience curve effect). The business management advantage is that an optimum business size is necessary for economic success. Small units regularly have cost disadvantages in comparison to large departments. By bringing similar patients together in a concentrated unit, the costs per treatment case can be reduced (fixed cost degression effect).

In order to establish suitable centres, the German Federal Joint Committee stipulates concrete minimum volumes per facility (e.g. for total knee replacements: 50 per year) for specific clinical areas. Our organ centres are regularly (re)certified by the appropriate scientific medical associations, so you can be certain that our centres also keep their promises.


The following pages provide information about our specialised organ centres

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Academic teaching hospital of the RWTH technical university, Aachen

  • Catholic parish of St. Peter and Paul

Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler

+49 2402 - 76-1119

St.-Antonius-Hospital gGmbH
Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler
tel.: 02403 76 - 0
fax: 02403 76 -1119

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