Special Clinical Focus

  • Sleep and ventilation medicine
  • Invasive ventilation 
  • Endoscopic interventional procedures
  • Valve, coil and stent implantations
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Antibiotic and tuberculostatic treatment for infectious diseases

About us

The Agaplesion Respiratory Hospital Waldhof Elgershausen is a pulmonary specialty hospital covering the complete spectrum of diseases of the respiratory organs. The hospital is equipped with highly modern equipment: we make use of the newest generation of bronchoscopy devices as well as spiroergometry and lung function systems and have recently renovated our sleep laboratory and parts of the life-support ward. Aside from the above mentioned focus areas, we also take care of patients with rare lung diseases (such as alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency).
Moreover, the Hospital has broad expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of other internal diseases, such as gastrointestinal diseases, or heart and cardiovascular diseases. The Hospital is KTQ (Cooperation in Transparency and Quality in Health Care) certified, takes regularly part in patient surveys and is a member of disease-specific networks of hospitals, cooperating regionally and nationally (in case of lung cancer, for instance, with the Gießen-Marburg University Hospital and the Kerckhoff Clinic at Bad Nauheim, with a Lung Cancer Center being set up). Furthermore, the department functions as coordinating operator in regional (University of Giessen Marburg Lung Center), national (German Center for Pulmonary Research / Deutsches Zentrum fuer Grundlagenforschung) and international (e.g. European IPF network) science associations. Considerable medical expertise, committed care and personal devotion, as well as pastoral care and psychosocial care options, are the foundations that support our work. For this reason, the Hospital, which looks back at a hundred year's history (founded in 1901), is well equipped to face the future.

Diagnostic Services

  • Endoscopy: tracheo-, broncho-, thoraco-, gastro-, coloscopy, combined with auto fluorescence imaging and ultrasound guided (EBUS and radial ultrasound) and cryo-biopsy techniques
  • Imaging: conventional X-rays, ultrasound and computer-tomography (CT) of the chest, abdomen and brain. Doppler ultrasound of the vessels, echocardiography including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Function assessment: lung function with spirometry, body plethysmography, diffusion capacity and compliance, blood gas analyses, ECG, long-term ECG and blood pressure measurement, ergometry and spiroergometry, right heart catheter measuring station, six minute walk test
  • Clinical chemical routine and emergency laboratory, tuberculosis diagnosis and allergy tests
  • Sleep laboratory with polysomnography, polygraphy, capnography and vigilance tests

Therapeutic Services

  • Physical Therapy: breathing exercises, inhalation techniques, asthma and COPD training
  • Endoscopic interventional procedures: valve, coil and stent implantation, photo dynamic therapy.
  • Pleurodesis (adhesion of pleura to the lung)
  • Inter-disciplinary planning of treatment, implementation of chemotherapy and individualized medication therapy procedures, supportive care of patients during radiation of chest organs (radiation itself is performed at the Gießen University Hospital)
  • Up-to-date medical treatment of internal diseases
  • Calculated antibiotic and tuberculostatic treatment for infectious diseases
  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilation for different forms of acute and chronic failure, as well as weaning from ventilation on the intermediate/intensive care ward
  • Outpatient service
  • Physical therapy and training of patients
  • Palliative medical treatment plan to accompany patients with terminal diseases with human dignity
  • Introduction of smoking cessation programs within hospitalization

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Generous single and double rooms with satellite television and telephone available for each bed complete the five wards. Almost all hospital rooms have an en suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and WC
  • Hospital chaplaincy with numerous pastoral care options
  • Social services
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Pulmonology / Lungs

Other services

  • Lung tumors
  • Pleural tumors
  • Fibrotic lung diseases
  • Infectious, inflammatory diseases of the lungs, including tuberculosis
  • COPD, pulmonary emphysema, bronchial asthma (obstructive airway diseases)


Airports near

  • Airport Frankfurtapprox. 105 kilometer - 1 Hour 15 minutes

Additional staff

Dr. med.
Hanz-Dietrich Heitmann

Senior Consultant in Charge

Dr. med.
Maria Degen

Senior Consultant

Dr. med.
Claudia Mattern

Senior Consultant

Dr. med.
Susanne Kohr

Senior Consultant

Dr. med.
Klaus Nehmer

Senior Consultant