The Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (O.C.S.C) celebrated its 20 years of operation since its founding during an event at its headquarters in Athens.
Greek Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos, the First Vice President of the Parliament Giannis Tragakis, representatives of the Greek political parties, MPs, representative of Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Ieronymos, professors, doctors and a crowd of people attended the celebration.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cardiac Center, John Lekakis referred to the center’s contribution and its charitable character and how many patients it has helped.
He announced that there will be renewal of the center’s biomedical equipment, while he mentioned the new operating regulations that aim at bringing new life to the center, along with the planned Vocational Training Center.
Lekakis praised the contribution of Onassis Foundation both for the hospital’s donation to the state and the support it offers at various domains of the hospital’s function.
The Onassis Center “changed a whole societal culture concerning the very sensitive matters of the heart diseases, the seeking of solutions abroad, the financial drain that this implies,” Archbishop Ieronymos said through his representative.
Lykourentzos pointed out that the state trusts the center’s work and despite the unprecedented financial difficulties, it seeks further upgrading of its services and wished it a long and prosperous continuity to its work.
The event was completed with a music program, in which scholars of Onassis Foundation participated. The center is a hospital specializing in cardiovascular surgery and in diagnosting interventional cardiology.
It was designed, built, equipped and furnished by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. It operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Health as a non-profit institution, according to the Center’s website.
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