Building for the Future: Supporting the Renovations of an Iconic Athens Outpatients Clinic

After three years of hard work from a number of dedicated parties, renovations of the outpatient clinic at the Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakou General Children’s Hospital in Athens were completed in June 2016. A key factor in the success of the initiative was the support contributed from a selection of non-profit organisations, including the renowned John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. Only too happy to be a part of the valuable renovations, the foundation provided much-needed research and funding that helped bring the project to life.

About the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

Established in 2005, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was launched to continue the legacy of John S. Latsis. Born into a large family with little money, John was required to work from an early age as a means of contributing to the family home. He quickly transformed into an avid and skilled entrepreneur and his successful business activities extended over seven decades across a huge range of industries. The consistency of his dedication to his work did not falter even whilst raising his three children; Marianna, Margarita and Spiro Latsis. Alongside his entrepreneurial on goings, John also set up a number of public benefit initiatives with the aim of giving back to his community and Greece as a whole.

As part of its mission, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation plans, manages and funds a wide range of initiatives, including health and social welfare and cultural and environmental projects. The foundation continually aims to remain in sync with current social needs and has a particularly strong desire to support children’s needs in key areas including health, education and creative activities. This desire was what drove the organisation to become involved with the renovations of the outpatients clinic at the Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakou General Children’s Hospital in Athens. The hospital works closely with young people to promote fast recovery within a positive atmosphere. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation recognised the hospital’s vision and provided help and support throughout the project.

Delivering Vital Renovations

As a part of the project, a number of studies were funded by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. These studies revealed the extent to which the hospital required renovations to ensure the high level of care provided could continue in the future. According to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, another organisation that contributed to the project, the general hospital has treated many serious cases concerning ill children from all over Greece over its twenty years in operation: the hospital accommodates a total of 12,000 cases annually. In addition, the hospital is the only facility that trains medical students during their final years of study at the University of Athens Medical School, making it unique in its field. It is these impressive credentials that made it even more important and desirable for the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation to be a part of this significant project.

Once the project was complete, the renovated section of the outpatients clinic was inaugurated on 24th June 2016. Carried out over three years, the construction was funded by the LIDL HELLAS company in collaboration with the NGO Anichti Angalia, who co-ordinated the project. The renovations included the construction of a much-needed pharmacy, alongside the additional space needed to accommodate the requirements of the hospital’s outpatients clinic. Based on the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’s funded research, the renovations were also specifically intended to be practical when handling large numbers of patients, whilst also retaining a friendly and welcoming environment for young patients. The hospital also received brand new clinics, a lobby, waiting area and shower areas within the Endocrinology department. Additionally, within the housing department, two new sites were created for housing structure clinics aimed at rehabilitating abused children.

Spiro Latsis

Looking Ahead

According to the board of directors at the hospital, every party involved with the renovations are now looking forward to a brighter future for the children who visit the hospital. Specifically, the hospital’s spokespeople have thanked all organisations involved in helping to make the project a reality.

Commenting on the finished renovations, Mariogka Fragaki, Board Chairman, said, “The Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou express their sincere thanks to LIDL HELLAS and Mrs. Yolanda Vlachos, President of Friends of Social Paediatrics and Medicine, whose love and concern drove LIDL HELLAS in this important sponsorship”.

She added, “LIDL HELLAS’s sponsorship and the study donated by the Latsis Foundation, helped to create an appropriate area for regular outpatient clinics that will now serve an even greater number of children”.