Heart-, Lung-, Vascular- and Rheumatic Center - Heart and Lung Transplantation Center - Rehabilitation Center

Your health - the focal point of our Services

With more than 400 beds the Kerckhoff Clinic is one of the largest and best known cardiac-, lung-, vascular and rheumatology clinics in Germany. Thanks to our consistent striving to achieve the highest quality standards, we have earned an excellent reputation on a national and international scale.

Every year we treat more than 38,000 patients from Germany and abroad, catering to both as inpatients and out-patients. The scope of our services includes all of the modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for cardiac, lung and rheumatoid diseases. Patients at the Kerckhoff Clinic can be sure that they are always treated in accordance with the latest medical developments and techniques. We use non-invasive procedures as much as possible both in diagnostics and treatment with the aim of causing the minimum amount of stress.

Patients at the Kerckhoff Clinic can trust the highly motivated and competent team to care for them and ensure their well-being around the clock - from the day they enter the clinic until they leave.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH

Benekestr. 2-8

61231 Bad Nauheim
Phone:  + 49 60 32. 99 60
Fax:       + 49 60 32. 9 96 23 99

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Our Departments

The Kerckhoff Clinic is one of the most effective and high-performance center in Germany for heart, lung, vascular and rheumatic diseases.

About 70% of the 38,000 people we treat every year are in-patients and, about 30 % out-patients. The number of people seeking treatment at the Kerckhoff Clinic is increasing from year to year.

In the five largest units - cardiology, heart surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and rheumatology - there are more than 400 beds. In addition to that there are the independent departments of anaesthesiology, radiology, laboratory-medicine and psycho-cardiology.


Our range of services includes all the modern diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for cardiac, lung, vascular, and rheumatic diseases. Every year we perform more than 5,500 catheter investigations and treatments, as well as more than 3,500 open-heart surgical procedures. It is this comprehensive experience that makes the Kerckhoff Clinic particularly suitable for the treatment of complicated heart conditions and it can also guarantee top quality in the field.

The rheumatology unit takes care of about 1,200 in-patients and about 7,000 out-patients per year and is one of the largest centers for rheumatic disorders in Germany.

Our rehabilitation unit has 185 beds and takes care of more than 1,200 patients a year.

Heart Center /Contact

Department of Cardiology

Prof. Dr. C. Hamm


Mrs. G. Müller-Weirich

Mrs. C. Rudolf

Mrs. A. Iwanowsky


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 22 01


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 22 98


Department of Heart Surgery

Prof. Dr. M. Schönburg


Mrs. S. Pongratz

Mrs. V. Zeiger


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 25 02


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 25 67


Lung Center /Contact

Department of Thoracic Surgery

Prof. E. Mayer


Mrs. K. Schindler


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 24 01


+49 60 32. 9 96 24 17



Department of Pneumology

Prof. Dr. H. A. Gofrani


Mrs. M. Fleischhauer


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 21 88


Vascular Center /Contact

Department of Vascular Surgery

Dr. S. Classen


Mrs. D. Blaufelder


+  49 60 32. 9 96 79 10


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 79 89



Department of Angiology

Dr. K. Kainer

Office: Mrs. D. Blaufelder

Rheumatic Center /Contact

Department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology

Prof. Dr. U. Müller-Ladner


Mrs. J. Schubach


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 21 01


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 21 04



Departement of Physical Medicine & Osteology

Prof. U. Lange


Mrs. A. Schlichting-Ott


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 21 46


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 21 04


Rehabilitation Center /Contact

Department of Rehabilitation

Prof. T. Mengden


Mrs. R. Mervi - Bortz


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 5906


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 5501


Other Departments


PD Dr. M. Arlt


Mrs. D. Wolf-Mennen


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 26 02


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 26 00




Mrs. Dr. K. Madlener


Mrs. J. Beuermann


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 27 46


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 27 22





Prof. Dr. G. Bachmann


Mrs. D. Janka


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 24 21


+ 49 6032. 9 96 24 33




Prof. Dr. B. Hamann


Mrs. U. Martin


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 54 00


+ 49 60 32. 9 96 55 50


Top-quality patient care

One of the most important conditions for a speedy recovery is individual, caring, and patient-oriented nursing. Our professionals with up-to-date training can make an essential contribution.The consistent orientation to the highest standards of nursing goes without saying for our staff, and has long guaranteed top quality nursing care. The Kerckhoff Clinic also strives continually to improve nursing concepts. For example, we are involved in a pilot project to estabish guidelines that will contribute to bed-sore prevention. Apart from the actual professional nursing care, our staff members are also conscious of the need to give patients a feeling of security and comfort.



Modern pain management

A central theme in our nursing concept is to provide patients with optimal pain management after their operation.

We apply the so-called "expert standard pain management in nursing" consistently and effectively. The aim is to mobilise our patients as soon as possible after an operation. This encourages healing and recuperation after surgery.Our palliative treatment includes administering adequate and appropriate pain medication before and during the operation. After surgery our personnel records the strength of the medication at regular intervals by using a pain scale. If the pain exceeds a certain level or is considered too strong by the patient, the doctor is consulted and immediate pain therapy is introduced.

The patient is given a major part in the decision - making concerning - to what extent he/she would like to be medicated for pain. To measure the pain and document the medication consistently and also to be able to assess the patients level of pain and work out the appropriate therapy with the doctors, our nursing staff attends regular training courses to orient themselves to expert standards.


Training courses for staff and patients

We set great store in keeping our staff in step with the latest knowledge. The continuing edcation includes preventive measures, and many special prevention courses are also open to patients and others who may be interested. Our training courses are taught by professional lecturers who can also provide individual counselling to the group members.


Pastoral care

Ministers of both Catholic and Lutheran are available and can make a private visit to your room, if you wish. Interdenominational services are held at various times in the so - called “Quiet Room” of our clinic. This room is also open to interested patients, their family members and visitors outside the times of services.


Care and treatment

The more than 1400 staff members at the Kerckhoff Clinic have made it their aim to ensure the best possible care and treatment of all patients. Our employees are the guarantors of highest Quality care and maximum patient-satisfaction. We support our staff in achieving these ends by offering a comprehensive continuous on-site training program in all disciplines of our clinic. About 65 sessions per year offer further education to Kerckhoff Clinic staff members in all their different fields. This encourages the motivation and dedication that are necessary to cntinue providing our patients excellent care.

It is not only the excellent training of individuals, however, but also - and more importantly - the seamless cooperation of many professional groups, such as nursing and medical staff, that accounts for our excellence. Intensive Training and regular conferences and sessions for the staff in all disciplines ensure that cooperation and coordination between the different areas are developed, mutually acceptable standards are defined and treatment methods are agreed upon. The core of this philosophy is the realization that only if nursing and medicine as well as technology and personal attention are considered to be complementary can excellence and patient-oriented care be achieved. It is only in this way that we have achieved results of outstanding quality, e.g. in wound management or emergency treatment, which we in the Kerckhoff Clinic can document.

Quality and safety are guaranteed by expert knowledge

An independent committee, the Federal Office for Quality Control recently certified the top performance achieved by the Kerckhoff Clinic. It documents that the Kerckhoff Clinic has one of the lowest rates of mortality in cardiac surgery nationwide.

We manage to mobilize the patients so that they can get up on the first post operative day in 86 % of the cases. The national average is only about 41%. This high success rate is largely attributable to our many years of experience as well as the great number of patients who are treated here.

The foundation laid in this department resulted in the development of the non-stressful but effective techniques employed by the anaesthesiology department. In 92 % of the cases, Kerckhoff Clinic patients can be taken off ventilation support within 12 hours of the operation. The national average is 59 %. Other factors for the excellent outcome in the quality report are our own voluntary quality controls, high motivation, regular training courses for our nursing staff and the good cooperation between departments. The Federal Office for Quality Control attested to the exemplary character of our quality management.

In dialogue with partners

Heart attack network

About 1,500 people in our region of central Hesse suffer a heart attack every year. The first sign of chest pain signals a race against time as the patient has the highest chance of survival and recovery if he/she is treated without delay by a specialist in a catheter laboratory who performs a targeted dilation of the blocked vessels. This can only be ensured if there is a rapidly functioning and unbroken chain of life-saving measures as well as immediate therapy in a specialized clinic.

Dedicated physicians at the Kerckhoff Clinic have established a "heart attack network" that includes the emergency services and hospitals in the area. This network ensures that all heart attack patients can be treated without delay in a heart catheter laboratory in accordance with the best standards. The average time between the first contact with an emergency doctor and the dilation of the vessels in the laboratory is only 69 minutes. The Kerckhoff Clinic specialist teams are available 365 days per year round the clock and can be reached not only by ambulance but also by helicopter. This model has become famous and has been emulated on a large scale on account of its success.

History of the Kerckhoff Clinic

In the 1920’s the German - American entrepreneur William George Kerckhoff travelled regularly to the spa town of Bad Nauheim due to his heart disease. His generous donation of 1.7 million dollars made the establishment of a heart research institute possible, the W. G. Kerckhoff Institute.

The first director of this research institute was Professor Dr. Franz Groedel. He was immensely successful in his management of the institute and remained in the charge there until his emigration to the USA in 1933. In 1951, the Max Planck Society took over the Institute with a view to conducting high-level research on coronary and circulatory disorders.

In 1963, the Kerckhoff Clinic was founded in the immediate vicinity of the W. G. Kerckhoff Institute so that patients could benefit directly from the great medical developments achieved in the research institute. Beginning in 1972, Professor Dr. Martin Schlepper expanded the medical scope of treatment so successfully that the Clinic came to specialize in acute treatment of cardiac patients.

This meant that by the end of the 1980’s the Clinic had developed into a high-level centre for cardiology and cardiac surgery and already had an excellent reputation. The success story continued and in 1999 specialtes of "Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Balneology" of the Justus Liebig University Clinic were added to the Kerckhoff Clinic. The rheumatology department is now the third largest section of the Clinic. To step up the quality of patient care even further, a new hospital building was finished in 2005 and, in January 2008 the thoracic surgery Treatment was added as the fourth section and in 2014 the department of vascular surgery as the fifth.

Dedicated to science

The Kerckhoff Clinic is a significant driving force in medical  research in Germany today. For that reason it sets great store in cooperation with science. In the Kerckhof Clinic there is a tradition of linking science and the aplication of new techniques in diagnostic and therapy. 

We aim to treat patients with the most modern scientific methods according to the highest-quality criteria. In 2001, the Franz Groedel Institute was established as a research institute in its own right. Research teams from the Max Planck Society work here with the Kerckhoff Clinic medical staff to reach the cutting edge of research on the genetics and molecular biology of cardiovascular disease.

There are close historical and personal links to the Kerckhoff Institute. In close cooperation with the universities of Giessen-Marburg and Frankfurt/Main, a new Max Planck Institute was established at the Kerckhoff Institute in the immediate vicinity of the Kerckhoff Clinic that focuses on cardiac and pulmonary research.

The close connections to the Kerckhoff Institute induced the Kerckhoff Clinic to make a financial contribution to the construction of the new Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim. This institute is the core of heart, pulmonary, and rheumatic research in central Germany. 

Many patients will benefit from the medical progress and new insights provided by this unique research institute.




Our Guesthouse

Be our guest

The guest house at the Kerckhoff-Klinik is located only few steps away from the centre. It offers patients relatives and friends a pleasant and comfortable places to stay nearby. Patients admitted for out-Patient treatment are also wellcome to stay overnight before and after their treatment, as are visitors to conferences and visiting doctors who are attending events at the Kerckhoff-Klink.



Kerckhoff-Klinik Guesthouse

Küchlerstr. 6

61231 Bad Nauheim

Phone: + 49 60 32. 9 96 25 90

E-Mail: gaestehaus(at)



We accept the following methods of payment

  • Cash on departure
  • EC Card
  • Visa / Master Card


Room categories & prices

  • Single room „Classic“ incl. breakfast
    € 60,00
  • Single room „Standard“ incl. breakfast
    € 70,00
  • Single room „Superior“ incl. breakfast 
    € 80,00
  • Double room „Superior“ incl. breakfast 
    € 125,00
  • Suite „Prince of Wales“ incl. breakfast
    € 150,00


All prices are to be understood per room per day and breakfast. Tourist tax Bad Nauheim: € 3,30 per day per person.


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