Founder of ‘hospital built on faith’ visits healthcare firm

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A surgeon who set up a hospital which runs entirely on public donations has visited Sheffield to share his story with workers at a city healthcare firm.

Dr Klaus-Dieter John, a German surgeon working in South America, founded the Hospital Diospi Suyana in Peru after receiving backing from more than 50,000 private investors. He came to Sheffield to visit the headquarters of B Braun Medical Ltd, in Chapeltown.

The firm’s parent company - B Braun Melsungen AG - is one of the main sponsors, and donated a substantial amount of money and goods to the hospital when it opened seven years ago.

Hans Hux, B Braun’s group chief executive, said: “It’s a great honour to have welcomed Dr John to the UK headquarters of B Braun here in Sheffield.

“We’re proud to have played a part in the creation of the hospital and it was fascinating to hear from him first-hand the journey he has been on and how important it is to receive the support of private investors and organisations from around the globe.”

The venture was nicknamed ‘the hospital built on faith’ by the Peruvian media at the time of its launch, and has treated more than 410,000 patients since 2007.

Mr Hux added: “By setting up the Hospital Diospi Suyana, Dr John has demonstrated how private investors can make a real difference to people’s lives if they come together and support community initiatives around the world.”

Dr John’s hospital serves the Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes, and aims to offer a standard of care equal to Western medicine.