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History and museum committee

Our operations started on January 1, 2000, when Joint Authority HUS established by the municipalities of Uusimaa started its operations. In Finland's largest hospital district, the hospital districts of Uusimaa and Helsinki combined their operations, as well as the Helsinki University Hospital municipal federation Hyks.

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From the very beginning, our hospital district was built on solid expertise, including both the legacy of a university hospital dating back to the 1830s and, on the other hand, the care of patients in specialized urban hospitals and rural regional hospitals of the 19th century.

The hospitals of the former Hospital District of Uusimaa were transferred to the new organization as such and its central government was merged with the new Joint Authority Administration. Some of the operations of the discontinued Hospital District of Helsinki, including the majority of psychiatric activities, were transferred to the primary health care services of the City of Helsinki.

As a legacy of history, we have a total of 21 hospitals and, in addition, activities in two hospitals in Helsinki and in numerous smaller units serving local residents.  The oldest of our hospital buildings have been treating patients continuously since the late 19th century. Most of our hospital network was built in the 1960s, and the latest hospital buildings in recent years.

What arrangements did Finland's largest hospital district require?

From the outset, the hospital district was administratively divided into the area of the Helsinki University Hospital (Hyks) and the hospital areas of Hyvinkää, Lohja, Västra Nyland, and Porvoo. At the beginning, the university hospital only included our hospitals in Helsinki, but from the beginning of 2001 the hospitals of Jorvi and Peijas were also integrated into the whole.

Museum Committee

Our Museum Committee was established in 2018 to nurture the HUS cultural heritage. The Committee manages the valuable material of HUS and displays it to the public through exhibition and publishing activities.

Many of our units and hospitals are home to health care sector collections. They have previously been collected and managed on a voluntary basis, but now the Museum Committee is responsible for the development and coordination of activities.

Learn more about the HUS Museum Committee.