Shared Hospital Herdecke adopts Thomas Haag |

At the community hospital, the chief of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy retires. By which Dr. Thomas Haag continues to help.

It is known that the Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus (GKH) has existed since 1969. Ten years later, Dr. Thomas Haag added. The chief medical officer of the Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy will retire on August 1st. On the occasion of its farewell and in view of the fiftieth anniversary of the clinic, the GKH convened a symposium entitled "Healing Relationship" in the Zweibrücken courtyard on Saturday. Where the relationship of the 65-year-old with the GKH seems very healthy.

Forty years ago, your time finally began. What memories do you have of the start time?

Dr. Thomas Haag During my studies, I first heard about Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke. It was said that there were flat hierarchies and no chief doctors. I left, I thought, not knowing anything about anthroposophy. So I went to the university library, I inquired and found it exciting. In 1979, I started in surgery. I still remember president circles with evening delivery all departments, the second station for me was anesthesia.

Was it early that you wanted to become a doctor?

After graduating, it was not obvious that I was studying medicine. The idea was as artistic, painter or sculptor, in the room. But then, I chose something "meaningful" that should have something to do with people. And treating them here at GKH impressed me from the start. At the same time, as a member of the Sponti-Flügel in 1968 at the time of the student movement, I was also in a demo with Rudi Dutschke, I'm alienating the classical image and rather elite doctors of the time. I wanted to be different from that, and because of a chronic illness of my mother, I was very interested early in the psyche of humans.

What do you think of anthroposophic medicine?

In my early days at GKH, I was in contact with homeopathy and acupuncture, but – in the spirit of Rudolf Steiner – I kept a critical distance with anthroposophy. In the meantime, when I left the GKH to work in Berlin, I also heard a pharmaceutical board dealing with special therapies and herbal remedies. By the way, the founder of GKH, Gerhard Kienle, has called me to become the chief doctor (laughs).

About the middle station Frankfurt, she returned in 1986 to Herdecke. When did you come to the psychosomatic department?

At first, I belonged to the "inside", after other stations, I ended up in the intensive care unit. Then in Psychosomatics, 1988 was a vacant post, this topic has been of interest to me for a long time. Because in my experience, treatments often do not affect the chronically ill because they can not cope with their lives. After dealing with sound measurements and beeps, it was said: We must know the human being and measure the fever without a medical thermometer. Despite my cold start, I realized that I seemed to have talent for that.

Nevertheless, you left the GKH to work as a general practitioner …

Yes, I also consulted my doctor before entering the LWL psychiatry in Dortmund-Aplerbeck. There, my idea of ​​setting up an outpatient clinic, that is to say a kind of large-scale practice to deal with chronic disease, could not be implemented. In this respect, I was able to set up an ambulance at Herdecke at the GKH, all the more so since I had also passed my psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic exam. In 2001, I took over the direction of this department in Westende.

In your opinion, what are the most important topics in this discipline?

I have worked a lot with psycho-traumatology, I was concerned about resource-oriented solution efforts. I wanted to fight for the patients, rather less against their illness. The psychosomatic is usually quite a difficult position, but here in the house with our 16 beds, the counseling liaison service and the five-person ambulance team, as well as the psychologists, believe that a large number of enrichments and relief. All the more so it is about art therapies, movement or gardening. Nursing also plays an important role. We want the body and mind to integrate, so at many levels, of course, deal with drugs. We pursue an individual approach and less a group approach. Although I think that good therapists can create changes in a few hours, what others can not do in a few days.

How do you now see the transfer to your successor and former deputy Gabriele Lutz?

We have worked together intensively in recent times, the transition will be smooth. With regard to the trauma and management of the disease, I suppose that the solid foundation of the GKH department will be maintained. But now, as a host, I look forward to the symposium with renowned speakers, some of whom I know. Conferences focus on relationships, a very important topic for me personally, which is unfortunately often underestimated, as is the atmosphere of the factors. I've also always wanted to emphasize values ​​such as attitude and respect.