In April 2017, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced a grant to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV) totaling 14 million euro, as part of the SNF’s initiative against the Greek crisis.
The grant covers the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art ambulances, including conventional ambulances, low-volume vehicles, 4x4 vehicles, and mobile medical units, some of which cover the needs of air ambulance services with specialized equipment for newborns. Furthermore, the grant includes the ambulances’ full service and maintenance for 8 years. The grant aims to meet the basic need for open access to secondary and tertiary care for all residents of the country.
On January 12th, 2018, the first 22 vehicles were distributed for operation to EKAV in the Attica region, as well as to the rest of the organization’s branches across Greece. EKAV crew members were trained in the operation of the new vehicles.
In addition, the SNF grant supports the digital upgrade of EKAV’s Operations Center in Attica, including the management of fast response vehicles, operating in the Attica region. Moreover, the grant supports the expansion of the Thessaloniki Center’s existing system within the Attica Operations Center.