Robert Bosch was not someone for big public appearances or grand ceremonies. This time, however, a long-held dream of his had come true and he did not want to miss the opportunity – the opening of a hospital in Stuttgart bearing his name.
He had been carrying the idea around with him for 25 years, which he had originally only been able to implement provisionally in the form of a military hospital for war wounded in 1915. There was also one thing that was particularly important to him about this charitable project: the promotion of homeopathy, which had convinced him as a healing method – even for his own use. In his opening speech, he formulated a driving incentive that also played a big role for him as an entrepreneur:
“We should all strive to improve on the status quo, none of us should ever be satisfied with what has been achieved, but should always endeavor to do better.”
His hospital, visible from afar on Stuttgart’s Pragsattel hill, was in service for over three decades before a new building was opened just above it in 1973. With further expansions in 1998 and 2007, the building has grown to hold over 1,000 beds to date. Robert Bosch would be proud.
Read more about the Robert Bosch Hospital today https://www.rbk.de/standorte/robert-bosch-krankenhaus/das-haus/ambiente.html
and listen to the founders words during the opening ceremony on April 28, 1940: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xknEO9hp8xYbv