The Charité has centres in four districts of Berlin: Mitte, Lichterfeld, Wedding and Buch. It is one of the oldest traditional medical institutions in Germany and a world-leading provider of medical care. The hospital was founded in 1710 during a plague epidemic. Over the years, it was expanded to form the Berlin University of Medicine. Today, Charité is part of the Berlin University Alliance, which includes the Free University of Berlin, Berlin Humboldt University, and Berlin Technical University. Thanks to this collaboration, treatment is closely linked to scientific research and patients benefit from the latest developments of scientists and academics.
The motto of the institution is "Forschen, Lehren, Heilen, Helfen": "To Research, Teach, Heal, and Help". Charité was the professional home of the famous Nobel laureates immunologist Paul Ehrlich and microbiologist Robert Koch.
The institution is divided into 17 centres that include over 100 clinics and research institutes. The most popular areas of treatment are oncology, radiology and radiotherapy, neurology, maxillofacial surgery, cardiology, urology, and gynaecology.
Every year, more than 800,000 people undergo treatment and diagnostics within the walls of the institution.