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Photo: Fausto Pluchinotta, clinique des Grangettes, Genève

History of the Clinique des Grangettes

The Clinique des Grangettes has been evolving for nearly a century along with progress in modern medicine. Armed with its long experience, it meets the highest standards in care and safety today. 

The origins of the Clinique des Grangettes

In 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic was raging in Geneva. Barbara Borsinger, who came from Baden (Switzerland), was profoundly moved by the fate of the children who had fallen ill. In order to provide them with care, she founded the "Pouponnière de L'Oeuvre des Amis de l'Enfance", the Nursery of the Friends of Children's Charity. In 1933, it expanded its scope to include care for adults and moved to Chêne-Bougeries. It was the birth of the Clinique des Grangettes. The facility consisted of a maternity ward and a general surgery. It also included a school for training nursing staff.

Opening new wards

From 1957 to 1978, the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Menzingen took over management of the institution. They opened new wards, including one of the first units for preterm babies, and extended the nursing school, whose reputation now reached beyond the borders of Europe. 

Constant development

In 1980, the Clinique des Grangettes was put in the care of a management board made up a number of Geneva dignitaries. The board continued to modernise and expand by adding new medical services, like orthopaedics, cardiology, post-operative care, as well as emergency services. In 1987, the Clinique became a limited company and a year later a large-scale modernisation effort was underway. It has remained a leader ever since, in terms of both services rendered and medical equipment.