The Hochtaunus palliative care team has been in existence since July 2013. With the founding of the team by Dr. Elisabeth Lohmann and Dr. Robert Gaertner, a separate "Specialized Outpatient Palliative Care (SAPV)" was created in the Hochtaunus district.
Why a new palliative care team?
One palliative care team per 250,000 inhabitants
According to the law, one palliative care team is required for every 250,000 inhabitants. 10-20 percent of all seriously ill and dying patients require specialized outpatient palliative care (SAPV) due to difficult-to-treat symptoms.
For many people, the term "palliative medicine" is exclusively associated with "death" and "dying," leading to significant uncertainties and fears. Palliative is derived from the Latin word "pallium" (to cover, cloak, alleviate). Accordingly, the focus of palliative medical care is on maintaining the quality of life by alleviating physical symptoms, respecting and protecting dignity, and offering psychosocial and spiritual support until the end of life.
We are set up as a multiprofessional team, because seriously ill and dying patients and their relatives have a wide range of complaints and problems in the last phase of life. These complaints and problems, which often bring high levels of stress, cannot be alleviated or solved by a single professional group.
With incredible dedication, passion, and commitment, Dr. Elisabeth Lohmann and Dr. Robert Gaertner founded the Hochtaunus Palliative Care Team. Many obstacles had to initially be overcome. The most important goal was and is to improve palliative care for seriously ill people and to work together with all those involved, in the best possible way, for the benefit of patients.
The company philosophy they founded - the manifestation and maintenance of multiprofessional support for our patients - is both a daily mission and a qualitative benchmark. This philosophy continues on in the generational change in management that took place in March 2022.
Dr. Elisabeth Lohmann † 2016
Founder, Managing Director, Doctor of General Medicine & Palliative Medicine
Dr. Robert Gaertner
Founder, Shareholder 2013 until
today, Managing Director 2013-2022
Doctor of General Medicine
Palliative Medicine, Master of Public Health
Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun: Emergencies only
Palliativteam Hochtaunus GmbH, Daimlerstraße 12,
61352 Bad Homburg