The Kaiserswerther Diakonie: More diverse than most of us think
The Kaiserswerther Diakonie is one of the largest social, welfare and health care organizations in Germany. It shapes the northern region of Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, and is widely known in the Kaiserswerth district and beyond.
The Kaiserswerther Diakonie was founded in 1836 by the Protestant pastor Theodor Fliedner and his wife Friederike Fliedner. Their vision of human commitment and their Christian diaconal worldview still form the guiding principles of the Kaiserswerther Diakonie today. But tradition and progress belong closely together, and so Kaiserswerther Diakonie has grown and developed over time.
Today, the company consists of the Florence Nightingale Hospital and three other business units:
- Social Services provides support for the disabled and mentally ill, in addition to youth and family services.
- Services for the elderly include housing, recreation and care.
- Education and Training offers a wide range of services for families, children and students. These include the Family Academy, the Fliedner University of Applied Sciences, the Center for Learning and Support, the bilingual day care center for children, the vocational college for professionals, continuing education programs offered by the Kaiserswerther Seminars and, for trainees, more than 2,000 internships in various vocational schools.
- With twelve specialist clinics, Florence Nightingale Hospital is the second largest hospital in Düsseldorf and is known far beyond the city limits. Expectant parents, for example, feel they are in good hands here. More than 3,000 women give birth here every year. This puts it in second place in the birth statistics of the state capital.