Sahlgrenska University Hospital

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The Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Swedish: Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset) is a system of hospitals associated with the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. With 17,000 employees the hospital is the largest hospital in Sweden by a considerable margin, and the second largest hospital in Europe. It provides emergency and basic care for the 700,000 inhabitants of the Göteborg region and offers highly specialised care for the 1.7 million inhabitants of West Sweden.[3] It is named after philanthropist Niclas Sahlgren.

Sahlgrenska University Hospital
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Sahlgrenska University Hospital
LocationGothenburg, Sweden
Coordinates57°41′0″N 11°57′30″E / 57.68333°N 11.95833°E / 57.68333; 11.95833Coordinates: 57°41′0″N 11°57′30″E / 57.68333°N 11.95833°E / 57.68333; 11.95833
Affiliated universitySahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
PatronAnn-Marie Wennberg
Emergency departmentYes
1 January 1997 (current structure)[2]
ListsHospitals in Sweden


SU Östra

The Sahlgrenska Hospital was founded in 1772 following a donation by Niclas Sahlgren. The current hospital was formed in 1997 by integrating three hospitals: the Sahlgrenska Hospital, the Östra Sjukhuset (Eastern Hospital), and the Mölndal Hospital. The Sahlgrenska University Hospital has been operated by the Västra Götaland Regional Council since its formation in 1999.[2]

Facility changes through historyEdit

  • 1772–1823 on Sillgatan, in present-day Postgatan;
  • 1823–1855 in the House of Oterdahl, today a museum of medical history;
  • 1855–1900 in Sociala Huset, since 2005, it has been a teaching school;
  • 1900–present in Änggården.[2]

On 24 June 2009, a 24,000 m2 (260,000 sq ft) new facility with 312 beds was officially opened. The new facility will enable rebuilding and renovation of older facilities at Sahlgrenska. The facility also features nephrology centre, dialysis, transplantation centre, stroke unit, hematology, and wards for medicine and surgery.

The Sahlgrenska AcademyEdit

Sahlgrenska Academy

Sahlgrenska Academy is the University of Gothenburg's faculty of education and research in health sciences. It operates in close conjunction with the university hospital. The academy was formed the 1st of July 2001 by combining the three previous faculties for medicine, odontology and health sciences.[4] Within the academy is the Sahlgrenska Cancer Center, focusing on translational oncology research. The center is a joint effort between the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The long-term goal of the center is to improve the care of cancer patients by facilitating new scientific discoveries and translating these into clinical practice.[5]

Educational programs are available in biomedical, dietitian sciences, physician, nursing, medical specialist, dentist, and medical physicist. With Sahlgrenska academy's focus, University of Gothenburg is ranked worldwide 33 and 40 for Clinical medicine and Biomedical sciences respectively in the subject ranking by Academic Ranking of World Universities AWRU Shanghai (2018).[6]

The Sahlgrenska University Hospital in the Webometrics Hospital specific ranking 2017, was 1st in Sweden, 10th in Europe and 41st worldwide.[7]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Nils Kock; former chief of surgical staff; developer of the Kock pouch surgical procedure.
  • Mats Brännström; Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology; leader of the team behind the first successful uterus transplantation.
  • Katharina Sunnerhagen, Professor of rehabilitation medicine; created guidelines for stroke rehabilitation

In popular cultureEdit

Lisbeth Salander, a central character in the "Millennium series" by Stieg Larsson, is treated at Sahlgrenska Hospital after being shot.


  1. ^ "Om Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset" (in Swedish). Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Historik" (in Swedish). Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ Sahlgrenska Hospital
  4. ^ Official site in Swedish.
  5. ^ "Translational cancer research and postgraduate studies - Sahlgrenska Cancer Center, University of Gothenburg, Sweden". Göteborgs universitet. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  6. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Biological Sciences | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  7. ^ Sahlgrenska University Hospital Webometrics

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