Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) (French pronunciation: [asistɑ̃s pyblik opito də paʁi]) is the university hospital trust operating in Paris and its surroundings.
It is the largest hospital system in Europe and one of the largest in the world, it provides health care, teaching, research, prevention, education and emergency medical service in 52 branches of medicine. It employs more than 90,000 people (including 15,800 physicians) in 44 hospitals and receives more than 5,8 million annual patient visits.
It is linked with the University of Paris and its seven colleges of medicine, two of odontology and two of pharmacy as AP-HP is the university hospital for the capital and its surroundings.
AP-HP is organized in several hospital local trusts, each associated to a faculty to offer integrative care to its population.
As a teaching hospital, AP-HP Trust is in charge of training healthcare professionals and doctors, and plays a prominent role in French healthcare research alongside Inserm.
Succeeding to the conseil général des hospices de Paris, the Administration générale de l'Assistance publique was created by a law of January 10, 1849. In 1961, the AP-HP became the public hospital system of Paris and its suburbs.
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Among the 44 hospitals of the AP-HP, the most notable are:
- Hôtel-Dieu, founded in 651, the oldest hospital in Paris near Nôtre-Dame, now operating a global health activity;
- Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris and Europe's largest hospital;
- Hôpital Lariboisière known for its famous open court and architecture ;
- Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, the last hospital built in Paris;
Three pediatric hospitals offer care to children both in medicine and surgery fields :
- Hôpital Necker - Enfants malades, the world's oldest pediatric hospital;
- Hôpital Trousseau - Enfants Malades ;
- Hôpital Robert-Debré
AP-HP is not the sole healthcare operator in Paris. The trust shares with duties alongside military hospitals such as Val-de-Grâce, or Institut Curie. Institut Gustave Roussy, one of the world’s leading cancer-research institutes and the biggest health center dedicated to oncology in Europe .
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