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 in Sweden. The hospital is named after philanthropist Niclas Sahlgren and is one of the largest hospitals in Northern Europe. [1]

It serves the Gothenburg region, which comprises approximately 900,000 people, and also offers highly specialised medical care for the whole of Sweden. The total number of staff is 17,000.



The Sahlgrenska Hospital was founded in 1772 following a donation by Niclas Sahlgren. The current hospital was formed in 1997 by integrating the three hospitals Sahlgrenska Sjukhuset, Östra Sjukhuset and Mölndals Sjukhus. The Sahlgrenska University Hospital has been operated by the Västra Götaland Regional Council since its formation in 1999.

Location of Sahlgren Hospital:

1772-1823 on Sillgatan, present day Postgatan.

1823-1855 in the House of Oterdahl, today a museum of medical history.

1855-1900 in Sociala huset, since 2005, a teachers school.

1900-present in Änggården.

On June 24, 2009, a 24,000 square metre (260,000 ft²) 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.[2]

Notable people

In Popular Culture

Lisbeth Salander, a central character in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson is treated in Sahlgrenska Hospital in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish: Luftslottet som sprängdes). Salander was flown to the hospital after being shot at the end of The Girl Who Played With Fire. After surgery, she was moved to an intensive care ward and kept under guard while she recovered. Dr. Anders Jonasson operated on Salander in the emergency room and watched over her during her stay in Sahlgrenska.

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