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Hospital partnership with Kharkiv Clinical Hospital in Ukraine

February 20, 2023

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The Stiftung Diakoniewerk Neumünster - Schweizerische Pflegerinnenschule and Zollikerberg Hospital donated intensive care beds and other urgently needed goods to the Kharkiv Clinical Hospital in Kharkiv (UKR), the second largest city in Ukraine.

With the aim of long-term orientation, Zollikerberg Hospital has entered into a partnership with the Ukrainian hospital "Kharkiv Clinical Hospital for Emergency and Urgent Care No.4" near the front line in the embattled part of Ukraine. The help and support provided by Zollikerberg Hospital is orientated towards the needs of this institution.

Among other things, the Kharkiv Clinical Hospital treats many seriously injured civilians. It has over 1,000 beds, a large emergency ward and - like Zollikerberg Hospital - offers a wide range of medical services.

Mediation by a Ukrainian doctor who had fled the country

Thanks to Irina Novikova, a refugee Ukrainian doctor who has been staying at the Stiftung Diakoniewerk Neumünster - Schweizerische Pflegerinnenschule since April 2022, Zollikerberg Hospital was able to establish contact with the department for cooperation with international institutions of the Kharkiv city administration. Intensive care beds were transported from Zollikerberg to Kharkiv in a first delivery, along with infusion stands, side tables, bedside tables, examination tables, operating theatre lights and professional gowns.

The donations from Zollikerberg Hospital are being transported to Ukraine by the aid organisation "Zurich Helps Ukraine ZhdU". Documents and a seal from the Ukrainian embassy in Switzerland guarantee unhindered export and import.

Support through donations since the beginning of the war

Zollikerberg Hospital has supported the activities of "Médecins Sans Frontières" since the beginning of the war in coordination with the foundation's management. In addition, Zollikerberg Hospital participated in a delivery of relief supplies to a hospital in Vynohradiv in western Ukraine.

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