In September 2017, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), following discussions with the Ministry of Health, announced its intention to fully support a series of infrastructure and education projects to enhance the Health sector in Greece, with a budget expected to exceed $500 million.
The SNF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Greek State at the Maximus Megaron marking the beginning of SNF’s major grants throughout the country. On March 21st, 2018, the MoU was signed between the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, and the Co-President of the SNF, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos.
Specifically, the SNF grant initiative includes the following projects:
- The design, the construction and the outfitting of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation General Hospital of Komotini
- The design, the construction and the outfitting of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation University Pediatric Hospital of Thessaloniki
- The design, the construction and the outfitting of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation new General Hospital of Sparta
- Support for the Nursing Sector
- The procurement and installation of equipment for Evangelismos General Hospital and strengthening of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department
- The procurement of new equipment with the aim of strengthening the capability and efficiency of the National Center for Emergency Care’s (EKAV) air ambulance services
- The procurement and the installation of special medical equipment (PET – Positron emission tomography) in selected public medical institutions across the country
- Funding the formulation and the implementation of educational programs regarding the treatment of trauma and prevention of in-hospital infections
- Strengthening mental health care for children and youth across Greece, in partnership with U.S. based Child Mind Institute
The design of the infrastructure projects which will be carried out as part of the initiative has been undertaken by the internationally renowned architect, Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), designers of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), whose participation in the project will contribute towards introducing a new philosophy for harmonizing treatment areas with the natural environment.
The implementation of grants within the framework of the Health Initiative has started. The first step was the visit by representatives of the SNF, along with architect Renzo Piano and his architectural firm RPBW on the sites of the new infrastructure projects in Komotini and Thessaloniki.
In February 2020, as the two-year anniversary of the launch of the SNF Health Initiative approached, SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos hosted a discussion outlining the initiative’s progress to date and its future course. The event, held at the National Library of Greece at the SNFCC in Athens, included government representatives, the public, and SNF partners working in the health sector.
The initiative to enhance Greece’s Health sector is a testament to the SNF’s mission and long-standing commitment to Greece, and its support of projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.
The grant initiative follows on the heels of a series of SNF grants of more than $145 million for the support of health programs in Greece, which include, among others, the SNF grant to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV), totaling $15 million, for the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art ambulances. Past grants in the health sector include the grant, totaling $23 million, to support the replacement of ten linear accelerators in seven public hospitals around the country, the grant for the renovation of all Pediatric Intensive Care Units (ICUs), as well as the grant for the construction and complete outfitting of hostels to house the relatives of patients in hospitals around the country. In addition, the SNF’s initiative for the establishment of the Mobile Medical Units, in collaboration with the NGO “Regeneration and Progress”, has wielded significant results in providing healthcare programs to residents of islands and remote areas in Greece.
Health Initiative Milestones
September 6, 2017: Announcement of the Health Initiative by SNF
March 21, 2018: Signing of a memorandum of understanding between SNF and the Greek state
June 20, 2018: Presentation of preliminary building plans by Renzo Piano to the Prime Minister at the Maximos Mansion
September 20, 2018: Ratification under law by the Greek Parliament of the grant contract for the Health Initiative
September 27, 2018: The first meeting of the Special Advisory Committee for the Health Initiative, of twenty-three total meetings to date
December 20, 2018: Cancellation of the grant for the design, construction, and outfitting of a building at Evangelismos General Hospital, which was to serve as the headquarters of the Nursing Department of the School of Health Sciences, and addition of two new grants for the procurement of equipment and for educational programs at the School of Health Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Educational Nursing Units at Evangelismos General Hospital
April 18, 2019: Cancellation of the portion of the grant related to the educational program on the prevention of in-hospital infections
June 7, 2019: Ratification by law of the grant agreements for the supply of EKAV equipment and the installation of medical equipment in public hospitals
November 14, 2019: Ratification by law of the amendment to Health Initiative grant contract
January 27, 2020: Ratification by law of the grant agreements for the support of the nursing sector and the implementation of educational programs on treatment of trauma and prevention of in-hospital infections
February 13, 2020: Ratification by law of the grant agreement for the new SNF General Hospital of Komotini and of the contract amendment for the provision of special hospital equipment
May 4, 2020: Completion of the €7.7 million grant for the procurement of more than 850 new beds and 150 medical equipment for the hospital Evangelismos
December 10, 2020: Digital Town Hall Meetings for New Hospitals in Komotini, Thessaloniki and Sparta
March 3, 2021: Arrival of the 2 two Augusta Westland 109 Trekker helicopters in Greece
April 14, 2021: Arrival of the two Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft in Greece
Health Initiative Progress Updates
June 2018: 1st Progress Update
October 2018: 2nd Progress Update
January 2019: 3nd Progress Update
April 2019: 4th Progress Update
July 2019: 5th Progress Update
October 2019: 6th Progress Update
November 2020: 7th Progress Update
April 2021: Progress Update