VAMED Rehabilitation Clinic Hagen-Ambrock
About the hospital
VAMED Rehabilitation Clinic Hagen-Ambrock is located in the middle of a fantastic forest with its park and pond. Beautiful nature and coniferous air contribute to a pleasant rest and exercise outside. Also, it diversifies the stay with numerous excursions and activities.
The rehabilitation clinic serves 2,000 patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The general rehabilitation and intensive care units accommodate 194 beds provided by 700 employees. A long time ago, in 1903, the clinic building was opened as a lung sanatorium. The constant development and expansion of services allowed the center to become a pioneer in treating sleep apnea with the largest sleep laboratory in Europe. Cooperation with the Ruhr University of Bochum and the University of Witten/Herdecke guaranteed the institution's further prosperity. Hagen-Ambrock VAMED Rehabilitation Center currently has one of the largest intensive care units for neurology and pneumology in Germany.
In 2006, the medical center was recognized by the German Multiple Sclerosis Society. Although the disease cannot be cured, doctors influence the progression and psychological support at the highest level. The multidisciplinary treatment includes physical and sports therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy (including FEES endoscopic swallowing study), neuropsychology, social and nutritional counseling, and art/music therapy. Such methods improve movements, reduce pain, and return to self-care. Special functional tests for walking and fine motor skills (9-hole peg test), the PASAT test, and a detailed neuropsychological test allow an even more careful selection of individual remedies. In addition to standard rehabilitation, the intensive care unit offers care for patients with severe brain damage or mechanical ventilation. Doctors provide patient management training and assistive devices such as a baclofen pump or myoelectric splints for severe aches. The TENS method also reduces pain intensity by stimulating nerve cells. Considering the profile of the hospital, it is also possible to carry out the rehabilitation of sexual disorders medically and conservatively. Pulmonary diseases are another critical area of the clinic. Pulmonologists and rehabilitators help the patient restore independent breathing, overcome the complications of allergic conditions, such as bronchial asthma, and increase breathing volume. Additional functional diagnostics and CT allow for finding additional causes of the disorder and monitoring progress. Thanks to cooperation with the hospitals of the HELIOS network, it is possible to quickly organize surgical intervention and cure in case of detection of lung cancer.
Doctors offer rehabilitation in the neurourological, neurosurgical, and neurological departments, as well as in the pulmonary dispensary and intensive care. A functional laboratory (electrophysiology, ultrasound), radiology department, specialists from other disciplines (psychiatry and psychotherapy, general medicine and diabetology, pain therapy, sleep medicine), and consulting doctors are also available. In addition, speech and music therapy change the ability to speak (voice strength, articulation, breathing).
Is VAMED Clinic Hagen-Ambrock suitable for patients on mechanical ventilation?
The medical center promotes the rehabilitation of patients on artificial respiration thanks to a multidisciplinary approach. Active work aims to restore independent breathing even after an extended stay.
Should I choose the hospital for the sleep disorders treatment?
Somnologists have at their disposal the largest sleep laboratory in terms of size and equipment, studying the problems of falling asleep and interrupted sleep. Treatment of sleep apnea syndrome with highly innovative CPAP methods improves the quality of sleep.
What rehabilitation equipment does the hospital have?
Rehabilitators use the Lokomat® robot to improve the patient's gait and stability. Computer-controlled electric motors stimulate and support the patient while walking on the treadmill. The individually selected program is adjusted after analyzing the progress and supplemented.
About the city
Hagen is the largest city in South Westphalia, with almost 200,000. Almost half of the city's territory is covered by forests, and 4 rivers cross here: Ruhr, Lenne, Volme, and Ennepe. In addition, the mountainous region of Sauerland stretches out in the neighborhood and contributes to the city's clean, fresh air. Beautiful nature and many museums make the city more and more popular for recreation and health.
The city has been known since the beginning of the 13th century and was part of the County of Mark, the Margrave of Brandenburg, and the Prussian province of Westphalia. The open-air LWL-Freilichtmuseum tells the story of the development of Hagen. It became more popular with the development of the industry. Both children and adults have the opportunity to visit workshops and make souvenirs with their own hands. In addition, here you can try typical Westphalian dishes and desserts. Three castles, Schloss Hohensyburg, Wasserschloss Werdringen, and Schloss Hohenlimburg, can be admired during sunset walks. The majestic architecture gives a unique romantic charm and immerses in the life of counts and princes. In addition, the Keltic Festival Hagen, a festival of Celtic music, is full of traditions of German culture and activities for the whole family.
Hagen is a particular city with special education status. Here is the only correspondence university in Germany. In addition, the town is the homeland of abstract artist Emil Schumacher. Another point of interest is the 24 nature reserves, including the valley of the Kisly Epscheid stream. Such features contributed to the city's division into smaller districts for developing rural tourism and opening numerous recreation areas. The Ambrok district has a more rural character and continues the traditions of past generations to this day. Thanks to its rich natural resources and clean air, a lung sanatorium for tuberculosis and pneumoconiosis patients was opened in 1903. The health center was later renovated and transformed into the VAMED Rehabilitation Clinic Hagen-Ambrock for neurological, neurosurgical rehabilitation, and pneumology with Europe's largest sleep laboratory.
Active recreation with historical curiosities and delicious food in the fresh air has long become essential characteristics of German cities for recreation, including Hagen. Everyone can find an atmosphere to their taste: full of activities in the center or the suburbs without too much fuss.