In September 2017, following discussions with the Ministry of Health, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, announced its intention to fully support a series of infrastructure and education projects to enhance the Health sector in Greece, with an initial budget expected to exceed €200 million.
The initial list of projects, includes, among others, the construction and outfitting of a new building for the General Hospital of Komotini, the construction and outfitting of a Children’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, the reconstruction and complete outfitting of the Nursing Sisters’ building at Evangelismos Hospital, with the purpose of operating as the Chair of the University’s Faculty of Nursing, as well as strengthening the capability and efficiency of the National Center for Emergency Care’s (EKAV) air ambulance services.
Under the same initiative, the SNF intends to support the procurement of 3 PET/CT scanners, to be made available to public hospitals across the country, as well as the purchasing of radiopharmaceutical production units (baby cyclotrons). In addition, the SNF is considering support for educational programs for young doctors, in relation to the treatment of trauma, as well as recording, monitoring and intervention programs concerning hospital infections.
This new initiative comes as an addition to a previous SNF grant to EKAV, currently in its final implementation phase, which covers, among others, the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art ambulances as well as their full service and maintenance for a period of 8 years and the digital upgrade of its operations center, totaling €14 million.
The Health initiative follows a series of previous grants in the Health sector, implemented over time. Some of SNF’s most noteworthy grants in the Health sector, include the grant, totaling €20 million, to support the replacement of ten obsolete linear accelerators in 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.
It is also worth mentioning the initiative for the establishment of the Mobile Medical Units, in collaboration with the NGO “Regeneration and Progress” providing healthcare programs to residents of islands and remote areas in Greece.
Discussion between SNF Co-President, A. Dracopoulos, with Health Minister, A. Xanthos, and Alternate Health Minister, P. Polakis, regarding the SNF Initiative to Enhance the Health sector in Greece