08 MAY 2019 / Inauguration of Medical Equipment at the 2nd Neonatal Clinic at the Papageorgiou General Hospital

To mark the completion of a project to supply equipment and create a breast milk bank at the 2nd Neonatal Clinic at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT), the Papageorgiou General Hospital held an inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

The event honored the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for its recent donation that enabled upgrades to equipment and, by extension, to the services provided by the 2nd Neonatal Clinic, with the potential to have a positive impact on the health of dozens of newborns with life-threatening diseases.

As part of its efforts to support the public health sector in Greece, SNF has made a number of grants, including for the replacement of 10 linear accelerators in seven of the country’s public hospitals, the supply of 143 state-of-the-art ambulances and their full maintenance for eight years, as well as for the construction and full outfitting of hostels for out-of-town relatives of patients in hospitals throughout the country.

The most recent SNF grants relate to the “Health Initiative,” which has been evolving since September 2017, with a budget now expected to come close to €300 million. The Initiative includes the creation of the new Komotini General Hospital and the University Children’s Hospital of Thessaloniki, the support of the nursing sector, the enhancement of the National Center for Emergency Care’s (EKAV) medevac capacity, the procurement of specialized equipment for Greece’s public hospitals, and educational programs.