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Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine

Frank Elsner

“With our patients, it’s no longer about healing, but about improving their quality of life until the end.”

Prof. Dr. Frank Elsner,

Palliative medicine specialist
at Aachen University Hospital

About the Foundation

The Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine was set up in 1998 to promote research into this field of science while also supporting care for people with severe or terminal diseases. We are passionate about preserving people’s dignity and quality of life during the final stage of their lives.

One example of our work is the Clinic for Palliative Medicine at the Aachen University Hospital – which was constructed with financial support from our foundation. We also provide funding for palliative medicine at the University Hospital every year.

People with severe or terminal diseases are often less afraid of their illness itself than they are of suffering pain, loneliness or other changes in their quality of life. The Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine aims to address these fears by supporting initiatives and meetings in the field of palliative care and medicine. Since the Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine was established, similar foundations have been set up in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador.

Michael Wirtz

“Every year over 200 people are helped there during the last and most painful phase of their lives.”

Michael Wirtz,

Chair of the Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine

The Chair of Palliative Medicine at Rheinisch-Westfäische Technische Hochschule, Aachen ( University of Aachen)

Regular donations from the Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine supported the creation of the Chair of Palliative Medicine at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) at the University of Aachen, Germany.

This is the first endowed chair for palliative medicine in Germany: It supports research in this field of science and promotes the care of seriously or terminally ill people.

Endowment capital was donated from the personal assets of Michael Wirtz, Chair of the Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine. This has been used to develop approaches to treatment and consulting, while also establishing a ward with nine beds for palliative patients at the Aachen University Hospital. Each year, more than 200 people receive help during the last phase of their lives.