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IASO Group: Named the Best Hospital in Greece. In addition, received the most distinctions, 7 in total, at the Healthcare Business Awards 2020

IASO was named Best Hospital in Greece at the Healthcare Business Awards 2020. It also won another 7 awards along with IASO Children’s Hospital for its innovative and groundbreaking healthcare services, the IASO Children’s Hospital comprehensive pediatric check-up media campaign, and its By your Side Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Ms Christina Tampourea, IASO Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), noted, “For yet another year, IASO Group has won people over. We feel truly honored and grateful. It is the teamwork of the administrative, nursing and medical staff and their hard work that is rewarded through this process. It is not a coincidence that we were able to be nominated in all the categories and even more so to have been distinguished in all of them. It is not a coincidence to have been named Best Hospital. We are very proud of our work in all areas which promote what we hold most dear, our Health, and, of course, our sense of social responsibility, especially in such difficult times.”

The awards in detail

IASO Group won the Gold Award for its By your Side comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility program, which meets the healthcare needs of our vulnerable fellow citizens in practice. Since 2015, the program has been supporting and cooperating with more than 20 NGOs and Associations and has carried out more than 3,400 pro bono surgeries, and free of charge deliveries, medical tests and consultations. On every World Health Day, the Group has been standing by the side of society with 118 offers and actions, and has held more than 125 informative speeches on healthcare for the general public. Note that IASO is a Volunteer Bone Marrow Donor Center, supporting the ORAMA ELPIDAS Association.

IASO won the Silver Award in the category for leading innovation in Obstetrics, Gynecology and IVF. Treatment of placenta percreta demands surgical experience and specialization, together with massive blood transfusion to compensate for massive bleeding during surgery. For the first time in Obstetrics/Gynecology in Greece, the Cell Saver Autotransfusion System is being used during surgery at IASO since 2019, by Mr. Stavros Fotopoulos, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Director of the IASO Surgery and Delivery Room, and Mrs. Maria Evangelia Nikolaidou, Obstetrician/Gynacologist and IASO associate.

IASO and IASO Children’s Hospital won the Bronze Award in the category for the actions and measures taken against COVID-19, for employee safety, support and information. From the onset of the Covid-19 crisis in Greece, IASO and IASO Children’s Hospital implemented and applied an integrated management plan to ensure absolute safety for all and a comprehensive Marketing & Communications strategy with the aim of raising awareness among citizens and staff. 
Focusing on the safety of patients, visitors, staff, doctors and nurses, the IASO hospitals took specific measures, in compliance with the guidelines and instructions of the National Public Health Organization (NPHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, special protocols and action plans were drawn up for pregnant women and children with suspected COVID-19 infection, and special personal protective equipment (PPE) was introduced. 
The Infections Committee – chaired by Mr. Marios Lazanas, Internist/Infectious Disease Specialist and Director of the IASO Internal Medicine / Infectious Disease Clinic, Ms. Maria Meliou, Internist/Infectious Disease Specialist and Registrar of the IASO Internal Medicine / Infectious Disease Clinic, and Ms. Eleni Papastamouli, Midwife, IASO Head of Infections – coordinates and supervises the implementation of the measures taken against the pandemic, while it keeps associates, staff and the competent authorities informed on all the developments.

IASO Children’s Hospital won the Bronze Award in the category for leading innovation for the successful innovative surgical treatment of Congenital Tracheal Stenosis (CTS) on a 10-day-old neonate. The neonate underwent surgery to have the narrowed part of the trachea removed, and reconstruction of the trachea and the right mainstem bronchus. The surgery was performed by the qualified and experienced team of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Surgery / Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, under the Supervision of Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos; Ms. Evangelia Ntalarizou, Cardiac Surgeon; Mr. Panagiotis Sfyridis, Cardiac Surgeon; and Mr. Prodromos Azariadis, Cardiac Surgeon; and the support of the IASO Children’s Hospital Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit.

IASO Children’s Hospital won the Silver Αward in the category for leading innovation for the endoscopic treatment of pilonidal cyst with laser (E.P.Si.T. – Εndoscopic Pilonidal Sinus Treatment) on children. The IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department applies a new high-tech surgical approach for the treatment of pilonidal cysts using endoscopic laser, with excellent results in children. As reported by Mr. Georgios Pergamalis and Mr. Arsenios Georgiadis, IASO Children’s Hospital Directors of the Pediatric Surgery Department, the EP.Si.T. technique is superior to conventional surgery for pilonidal cysts, in terms of absence of postoperative pain, shorter recovery and postoperative care time and best aesthetic results.

IASO Children’s Hospital won the Silver Award in the category for leading innovation for the successful placement of a lung valve through the jugular vein on a 12-year-old heart patient, without open-heart surgery, a first for Greece and Europe. The surgery was performed by the qualified and experienced team of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department and Hemodynamic Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Georgios Tsaousis, and under the scientific and technical guidance of Professor Vasilios Thanopoulos, top Greek Cardiac Surgeon with long experience in minimally invasive placement of lung valves. It was carried out by the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department, headed by world famous Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos.

IASO Children’s Hospital won the Silver Award in the Media and Communications category for its comprehensive pediatric check-up media campaign. This campaign has already won 4 Ermis Awards: a Gold award in the Illustration category for the visualization of the concept, and the aesthetics and style of the illustration, two awards in the Corporate Communication Advertising Campaign category, and one award in the Advertising Campaign/Project Series. In addition, the advertising campaign has received international recognition and has appeared in two issues of Lürzer's Archive (the top magazine in the advertising industry worldwide).

 



From left to right: Ms. Christina Tampourea, IASO Group Chief Commercial Officer; Ms. Maria Evangelia Nikolaidou, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, IASO associate; Mr. Stavros Fotopoulos, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Director of the IASO Surgery / Delivery Room; Christina Korovesi, Head of Marketing & Communications at IASO Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic  

 



From the left to right: Ms. Maria Meliou, Internist/Infectious Disease Specialist, Registrar at the IASO Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease Clinic; Mr. Marios Lazanas, Internist/Infectious Disease Specialist, Chairman of the IASO Infections Committee, Director of the IASO Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease Clinic of IASO; and Ms. Eleni Papastamouli, Midwife, Head of IASO Infections  

 



From left to right: Ms. Christina Tampourea, IASO Group Chief Commercial Officer; Professor Vasileios Thanopoulos, Interventional Cardiologist, Scientific Consultant of the IASO Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department & Hemodynamic Laboratory; Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos, Director of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Clinic / Center for Congenital Heart Defects; Dr. Georgios Tsaousis, Pediatric Cardiologist, Director of the IASO Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department & Hemodynamic Laboratory; Ms. Nancy Christopoulou, Head of Group CSR & Communications, Head of Marketing for the IASO Children’s Hospital & IASO General services and departments  

 



From left to right: Mr. Georgios Kampouroglou, Registrar of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; Ms. Alexandra Oikonomopoulou, Registrar of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; Mr. Arsenios Georgiadis, Director of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; Mr. Georgios Pergamalis, Director of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; Ms. Maria Kopanidi, Director of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; Ms. Christina-Leopoldini Dori, Registrar of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department; and Mr. Georgios Kofinas, Registrar of the IASO Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department

 

IASO Children’s Hospital: European Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week  Free Test SARS CoV-2 RNA (PRC) for the Children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis

 

Prompted by the European Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week (15-21 November 2020), IASO Children’s Hospital offers, until the end of December, free screening tests for SARS CoV-2 RND (PCR) (covid-19) for vulnerable children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (C.I) is an inherited disease that causes severe chronic pulmonary disease and simultaneous malfunction in other organs of the body such as the pancreas, sweat glands, liver and other. In Europe 1 child in 3.000 – 4.000 births is born with cystic fibrosis, and 1 in 20 to 25 individuals of the general population, is considered to harbor a pathologic gene.

The most common symptoms experienced by a person suffering from C.F mainly include chronic cough (bronchitis or recurrent bronchitis), chronic diarrhea accompanied by poor weight gain. The main expression of the disease is through the respiratory system, since the mucus layer on the small and large bronchus is excessive and thicker compared with non-patients, leading to impaired clearance.

Excessive mucus creates a vicious circle that leads to airway obstruction, chronic bacterial infections and inflammatory responses, bronchiectasis, and eventually respiratory failure.

An important role, among others, for the children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis is early detection by the performance of Sweat Test that measures chloride ions in the child’s sweat. The Pediatric Pulmonologic Department of IASO Children’s Hospital covers all the needs of little patients with acute, recurrent or chronic problems of the respiratory system and performs the Sweat Test, which is the most recognized method internationally and is used to screen young patients for cystic fibrosis.

Children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic pulmonary diseases form a group of the population, which deserves special care, treatment and support, especially during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Free Screening Test is valid until Thursday 31st December 2020 and demands the production of any document certifying that the child suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

IASO Group: Together with the mission “ANTHROPOS” for the coverage of the needs of six senior citizens non-profit care facilities

On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons and in the context of the IASO Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility program “By your side”, IASO Group supports and stands with the mission “We protect our grandparents” of the non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) “ANTHROPOS” for senior citizens support. IASO Group offers 46.600 single-use gloves, for older people’s hygiene and care, as well as for the nursing and administrative staff taking care senior citizens.

The distribution has already started and it will cover the following units: “Panagia I Eleousa”, “The good Samarian”, “Dionysios Feofilatos – Social Care of Moschato”, “The house of Christian love”, “Oikos Galini”, “Meropeion Charitable Foundation”, which face major difficulties to renew consumables personal hygiene goods due to COVID-19 pandemic.

IASO Group practically demonstrates its sensitivity, its face turned in people and their needs, with great interest, professionalism, devotion and care, dignity, kindness and friendliness and respect for the special needs of our fellow human beings.

We love and protect our grandparents and we look after for what you hold most dear… their health!

IASO Children’s Hospital: Integrated treatment of tracheal stenosis by the most specialized medical team

Congenital Tracheal Stenosis (CTS) is a serious and rare condition. CTS is characterized by complete cartilaginous rings of the trachea (O-shaped instead of C-shaped rings) without the membranous portion, resulting in a reduction of the size of tracheal lumen.

Congenital tracheal stenosis is a birth defect and the cause is unknown. Acquired stenosis occurs due to intubation trauma, neck injury and tracheostomy itself.

Serious tracheal conditions in children are rare and only recently progress is reported in their surgical and medical treatment, enabling the successful treatment of such conditions.

Typically, a neonate will have noisy breathing, also called stridor. In severe cases, the child could stop breathing and turn blue. There could be associated cardiopulmonary anomalies for which the infant undergoes a surgery. The condition is diagnosed during either intubation, or extubation or when the child presents with repeated chest infections that are out of proportion than routine lung infections.

The acuteness of the symptoms depends on the seriousness and the length of the stenosis.

It is the symptoms, signs and more importantly, a suspicion of such a condition that points to its diagnosis. The diagnosis is confirmed during transnasal flexible laryngoscopy and tracheobronchoscopy, which allows the doctors to look inside the trachea using a telescope (bronchoscope) which shows a magnified image of the entire airway. The child will have a CT scan of the thorax, an ECHO (echocardiogram or ultrasound scan of the heart) to check related anomalies concerning the heart and large thoracic vessels.

Children born with very close airways suffer from respiratory difficulties and often die. The surgical treatment for tracheal stenosis was a very difficult surgery. The tracheal medical group of IASO is consisted of Cardiac Surgeons, Pediatric Cardiologists, Pediatric Anesthesiologists, Pediatric Pulmonologists, Pediatric Otorhinolargyngologists, Radiologists, Pediatric Intensive Care Specialists and Physiotherapists.

One of the applied surgical techniques is slide tracheoplasty, which includes cuts at the narrow tracheal part, which may have a diameter of few millimeters. Then the two parts are slid over, so that the tracheal part has normal diameter. Coexisting congenital heart diseases can be simultaneously surgically treated.

 



Slide Tracheoplasty

 

IASO GROUP: Contract with EDOEAP Fund (Unified Subsidiary Social Security and Welfare Press Organization)

IASO Group signed a contract with EDOEAP Fund (Unified Subsidiary Social Security and Welfare Press Organization), the Fund for the employees in Mass Media (journalists, technicians, administrative employees etc.). At the subsidiary social security and welfare fund of the journalists are insured more than 30.000 members.

Pursuant to the contract, the members of EDOEAP Fund (Unified Subsidiary Social Security and Welfare Press Organization) have access to high-level services of primary and secondary health care, both in IASO and IASO Thessaly located in Larisa.

IASO Group is staffed by top experienced doctors, highly trained and qualified nursing personnel and the latest medical devices and equipment that ensure exceptional healthcare level, by implementing quality policy of international standards.

Based on the contract’s provisions, the insured members of EDOEAP Fund will have full coverage of primary and secondary healthcare incidents (medical visits, diagnostic tests, nursing) at IASO Athens (General, Maternity and Gynecology Clinic) and IASO Thessaly in Larisa, which covers the region of Central Greece.

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