University Medical Center Groningen

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The University Medical Center Groningen, or UMCG (Dutch: Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen), formerly Groningen University Hospital, is the main hospital of the city of Groningen, Netherlands.

The medical center is affiliated with the University of Groningen. It is one of the largest hospitals in the World,[citation needed] offering supraregional tertiary care to the northern part of the Netherlands. The medical center employs almost 17,000 people and numbers almost 1400 beds. It is located in the center of Groningen. It is also one of the largest centers for transplant surgery in the world.[citation needed] Organ transplant operations of all possible kinds are carried out at the UMCG, including combined transplants of multiple organs in one operation.

The main building was opened in 1997. Its design theme is based on light and air, and its 32 elevators each have a different theme. Art plays an important role in the hospital, with several exhibitions, statues, and a big fountain in the center of the hospital. The UMCG contains several shops, including two coffee shops, a restaurant, a minimart, a candy & card store, a travel agency, a barber, a bookstore, a library for patients, and a Rituals flagship store. The ground floor is designed so that visitors do not feel as if they are in a hospital - the space is airy, there is a lot of green, and the glass roofs are opened when the weather is fair. Patient wards are on the outside of the building, so that all rooms have windows with a view. Each ward has a balcony that opens to one of the main 'streets' of the hospital. The operating center, ICUs, and staff rooms are in the central part of the building. At 4 storeys in height, the UMCG does not rise above the surrounding city.

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Coordinates: 53°13′21″N 6°34′26″E / 53.22250°N 6.57389°E / 53.22250; 6.57389