About ERI

The European Robotic Institute is an international training center for minimally invasive and robot assisted surgery as well as a location for the instruction and continuing education of St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau GmbH employees.

A venue. The European Robotic Institute was opened Fall 2012 and is a company of the St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau GmbH. Due to its proximity to the hospital and its state-of-the-art equipment, which allows for continuous live feeds of two operating rooms, the center is an ideal location for continuing education and medical training. However, the training center is also available to host non-medical events.


How did the training center come to be? In 2006, the Urology Department at St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau GmbH, under the direction of chief physician Dr. med. Jörn H. Witt, acquired a (da Vinci) surgical robot. The systematic utilization of this innovative technology soon led to the urology department, as well as the PZNW (Northwest Prostate Center, Prostatazentrum Nordwest), becoming a leader in robot-assisted surgery in Europe, even worldwide. By 2011, more than 300 guests visited the center in order to learn from experience of the PZNW and its team.


Noticing the rather unstructured nature of the visits, the present director of the training center decided the next logical and necessary step would be to bring more structure to these visits. Moreover, medical treatment is becoming more and more difficult and complex, and its success no longer depends on technological advances alone but rather the ability of individuals to implement and properly utilize these technologies. That includes formal instruction, training and courses. This was the second impetus for the founding of the training center, which was also intended for use by St. Antonius-Hospital GmbH employees.