Our history

Our development since 1985

Since opening our first hospital in 1985 we have continued to grow - from a building contractor to the largest family-run hospital group in Germany.

The founders of our company, Else and Franz-Josef Schoen, developed a concept as a building contractor at the start of the ‘80s for a rehab hospital in Prien. However, the key financers suddenly took their funding away, and the finished hospital stood empty. This was until Hanns Hippius, a professor of psychiatry at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, discovered the building on a cycle tour around Lake Chiemsee.

Else und Franz-Josef Schoen
Else and Franz-Josef Schoen formed the hospital group.
Prof. Hippius (left) and Prof. Fichter
Prof. Hippius (left) and Prof. Fichter

First hospital for eating disorders established in Germany

In talks with the Schoen family, Professor Hippius came up with the idea of opening a ward in the hospital for people with eating disorders. His senior consultant, Dr Manfred Fichter, had just recently been looking to conduct a study on women with bulimia. He and Professor Hippius expected around 200 letters about the plans. Instead, they received more than 3,000.

Schoen Clinic Roseneck opens

It quickly became clear that there were no suitable treatment centres for people with eating disorders. So on 1 January 1985, the medical mental health hospital Schoen Clinic Roseneck was opened. The management of the hospital was taken over by Dr Manfred Fichter, who had just qualified as a professor at the time. Through the Upper Bavarian study funded by the German Research Institute, they produced valuable scientific findings.

After just a few months, the hospital was full. Nothing has changed today. And something else has stayed with us: our requirement to measure and evaluate the results of our treatment from the beginning. We therefore ask our patients after their stay about how well we were able to help them. Our experts use these results to continuously improve our range of treatments.

The hospital group grows

The foundation stone had been laid, and the first hospital was a success. More and more patients wanted to be treated in a Schoen Clinic. As a result, the Schoen family decided to build or acquire more hospitals. Internationally recognised doctors and the medical and scientific advisory board at Schoen Clinic were closely involved in these decisions with Professors Hippius, Wolfgang Spann and Eberhard Buchborn.

Prof. Spann (left) and Prof. Buchborn
Prof. Spann (left) and Prof. Buchborn
Prof. Dufek (left) and Prof. König
Prof. Dufek (left) and Prof. König

More focal points are added

In 1993, orthopaedics was then added as a second field to the first medical focal point of psychosomatics, led by Professor Pavel Dufek at Schoen Clinic Neustadt. In 1994, the neurological hospital Schoen Clinic Bad Aibling was the foundation for the third strategic core area of the company, under the management of Professor Eberhard König. With hospitals in Berchtesgadener Land and Vogtareuth, and later in Hamburg Eilbek, selected areas of surgery and internal medicine were added to these three focal points, such as pneumology, cardiac surgery, endocrine surgery, paediatric orthopaedics and epilepsy surgery in connection with neuropaediatrics.

Change of generation and internationalisation

In 1996, the son of Else and Franz-Josef Schoen took over the active management of the hospital group. The approach of achieving medical excellence through specialisation inspired so many patients that the second generation of the family company under Dieter Schoen developed it into a nationwide hospital group.

However, Schoen Clinic’s reputation does not stop at the country’s borders: under the management of Christopher Schoen, the third generation, a specialist orthopaedic and spinal treatment hospital now exists in the heart of London. Schoen Clinic London has opened its doors in 2018 in the Harley Street Medical Area. Our hospital group has also taken over the Newbridge House for Eating Disorders in Birmingham which specialises in eating disorders. This ties in with our beginnings in 1985, because the demand for scientifically proven treatments for mental health disorders is also high in the United Kingdom.

Today, 10,500 staff at 26 locations in Bavaria, Hamburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig Holstein and the United Kingdom treat around 300,000 patients per year.

Step by step for 30 years