St. Anna Children's Hospital
The St. Anna children's hospital evolved from the once first Austrian children's hospital to an institution providing state-of-the-art medical care. Under the leadership of Prof. Helmut Gadner who acted as Medical Director of the St. Anna children's hospital (1981 - 2011) the hospital continuously developed since 1981 from being a provider of services as a general children's hospital to a treatment centre for paediatric blood and tumour diseases (cancer) and therefore has an excellent reputation both throughout Austria and internationally. As of March 2012 Univ. Prof. Wolfgang Holter is acting as Medical Director.
The hospital has a total of eight wards including a baby unit, two general-paediatric wards, an ENT ward, two oncologic base wards, a bone marrow transplantation ward and an in-house intensive care unit which is primarily used for the supervision of patients after bone marrow transplantations.
In addition to the general-paediatric area there is a general outpatient department (including a 24/7 emergency outpatient clinic) with further specialised outpatient departments for first care and aftercare. The outpatient departments for oncology, haematology, immunology and also stem cell transplantation and aftercare are located in the haematological-oncologic area. Since summer 1997 a day unit of the oncologic base wards is in operation. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment are available to accurately diagnose diseases.
St. Anna children's hospital takes on all treatments of internal paediatric diseases and all ENT surgeries. All other surgeries take place in collaboration with other hospitals. However, the responsibility of care before and after the procedure remains with St. Anna children's hospital.
Approximately 365 staff members (full-time equivalents) are available for patient care; these include 53 physicians, 167 nursing personnel and also medical-technical qualified personnel, physiotherapists, language therapists and dietologists.
The care and support of oncologic and internal areas by psychologist and psychotherapist also must be mentioned here. In addition social workers and church ministers also provide support. Nursery school teachers and "The Yellow Aunts" (voluntary staff) make sure patients are experiencing distraction and fun through games or creative activities. CliniClowns also visit the hospital on a regular basis. In case of long-term treatments our patients will be taught by teachers of the "Heilstättenschule" Vienna, a regular school for children staying in hospital for an extended period.