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17.01.18
Athens Medical Group in the biggest travel fair of Russia

Being consistent with its strategy of developing health tourism, the Athens Medical Group participated as a sponsor in Russia's Medical Tourism Fair, MedΤravel Fair, which was held in Moscow as part of the annual trade show "Russian Health Care". This yearly event was largely attended both by tourism professionals from all sectors of the industry and by the public.

The "Greek Health Tourism Forum & Workshop", was also held during the fair. The Forum was entitled "Hippocrates invites you" and it was organized on the initiative of the Greek National Tourism Organization's office in Russia as a part of the strategy that the Ministry of Tourism has developed to enhance thematic tourism and promote Greece as an attractive, year-round, international tourism destination.

Several Russian tourism agencies specialized in medical tourism along with public officials representing the Russian state took part in the "Greek Health Tourism Forum & Workshop". The participants, who expressed a clear interest in this specialized service sector that is offered by the Greek market, were hosted in a specially designed area for B2B meetings within the Exhibition venue.

The international Patients Department of Interbalkan European Medical Centre. Mrs Christina Doumpali, MD, Head of International Patients Department, Athens Medical Group and Mrs Fani Athanasiadou - Piperopoulou, Professor of Paediatrics, Scientific Director, Interbalkan European Medical Centre.

 

In addition, during the Health Care Week, Athens Medical Group successfully participated in a Medical Conference that was organized by the Association of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgeons of the Russian Federation, entitled "Bone Tumors". AMG was represented by its orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Th. Apostolou and Dr. E. Samoladas, through presentations from their field of expertise.

The leading presence of AMG in one of the most important exhibitions of its kind is part of its outward-looking strategy, as well as of its effort to enter the growing and dynamic Russian market with a coordinated and consistent approach.

On the occasion of the fair, Dr. Vassili G. Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group stated: "By aiming at providing top medical services on a worldwide basis and by building strategic alliances in large foreign markets, Athens Medical Group moves rapidly into fulfilling its Medical Tourism strategic plan, with consistent investments and by making concerted efforts to build a strong brand name for Greece in Medical Tourism".

For more press and media information:

Savvas Kαragiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group

Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

24.10.17
Athens Medical Center: The first Cryoballoon ablation for pulmonary vein isolation in Greece

Greece's first Cryoballoon ablation for pulmonary vein isolation was performed successfully at Athens Medical Center by the cardiac surgery team of Dr.  Apostolos Roumpelakis, in cooperation with the Department of Electrophysiology and Pacing of Athens Heart Center under Dr. Dimitrios Tsiachris.

The operation was performed on a patient suffering from mitral valve disease to treat atrial fibrillation and was combined with mitral valve replacement. Both parts of the surgery were completed successfully and the patient was released from the hospital 6 days later.

According to the Director of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Roumpelakis, 50% of patients undergoing mitral valve surgery also suffer from atrial fibrillation. "International guidelines currently recommend surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation for those patients", he said and added: “successful treatment of atrial fibrillation substantially improves the prognosis of such patients”.

Dr. Dimitrios Tsiachris, Director of the Department of Electrophysiology and Pacing commented: "The use of Cryoballoon has significantly improved the effectiveness of percutaneous ablation of atrial fibrillation performed by interventional electrophysiologists.  The Cryoballoon technique is both quick and safe". Christodoulos Stefanadis, Director of the Athens Heart Center, added: "We, in the Atrial Fibrillation Unit, always perform percutaneous ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing heart surgery".

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group

Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

17.10.17
Athens Medical Group: International recognition for Dr. Konstantinos M. Konstantinidis

Athens, October 17th 2017 – Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD, PhD, FACS, Scientific Director and Director of the General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, was elected unanimously as Secretary General in the five-member Board of Directors of the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association. His election took place during the World Robotic Surgery Congress, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA (21-23 September 2017). Among things to be noted is that the Board of Directors consists of the most reputable and experienced surgeons from all over the world, who are recommended by the General Assembly.

During the congress, Dr. K. Konstantinidis was the chair-person of robotic surgeries – broadcasted live – such as, gastrectomy, hiatal hernia, myotomy in patients with esophageal achalasia, rehabilitation of inguinal and ventral hernia following open mesh, gastric bypass against overweight and diabetes, cholecystectomy and colectomy. He also gave a speech about the Single Site Robotic Cholecystectomy, that Mr. Konstantinidis was the first to perform world-wide in the Athens Medical Centre in 2011. 

Dr. K. Konstantinidis made the following statement:” It is a tremendous honor for me, indeed.  I am very proud that the most distinguished colleagues of mine rewarded my scientific and teaching endeavors. This distinction is a lifetime achievement. My participation in the evolution of robotic surgery and the ascertainment that our patients do not suffer due to long and difficult surgical operations gives me the strength to carry on, together with my colleagues, offering our services to the patient in need”.

Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group (AMG) stated: This important distinction for one of the most renowned Greek doctors on an international level attributes credit to AMG for the endless effort we all make and for our strategic choice to provide the required infrastructure in terms of materials and equipment and, above all, to inspire well-reputable Greek doctors of the diaspora to return to Greece. The return of Dr. Konstantinidis from the USA to AMG, in the early 90s, is a typical example and a point of reference to our continuous “brain gain” against the “brain drain plague, which is now – more than ever - the most significant problem that our country has to deal with”.

Robotic departments of AMG constitute international excellence and reference centers that cooperate with University institutions in Greece and abroad. Pioneering surgeries, such as the single site robotic colectomy, cholecystectomy and the rehabilitation of hiatal hernia were performed for the 1st time – world-wide – in Athens Medical Group. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Konstantinidis has performed, in total, more than 1,800 robotic surgeries.

21.09.17
An important International Medical Leadership and Innovation Conference by Athens Medical Group


From the AMLI presentation. Dr. Antonios Ploumidis, Director of the Center for Robotic & Laparoendoscopic Surgery, Urology - Andrology, Professor Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State University, Professor Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Scientific Director and Director of General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group, Dr. Pantelis Nikolaou, Director of Orthopaedic Surgery Department - Sports Medicine, Professor Christodoulos Stefanadis, Director of Athens Heart Center, Dr. Konstantinos Pantos, Scientific Associate at GAIA, Dr. Nikolaos Mpontozoglou, Director of MRI-CT Department.

 

Athens Medical Group organizes a conference entitled "Athens Medical Leadership and Innovation Conference (AMLI)», on the occasion of its 32nd anniversary.

The Conference will be held at the Athens Concert Hall, from 23 to 25 September, under the guidance of a 34-member scientific committee, where more than 150 distinguished speakers will present the medical innovations already applied at the Group's Hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as the recent developments in important medical fields, such as Oncology, Robotic Surgery, Orthopeadics, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, InternalPathology, Aesthetic Medicine, Gynaecology and Peadiatrics. The Group will also introduce its new partnership with the Yale University.

"In the last 32 years, Athens Medical Group has been steadily and strategically investing in scientific excellence and cutting-edge technology, in order to constantly upgrade the quality of the health care services it provides.  Our answer to the crisis is further investments, new jobs and emphasis on innovation. Indicatively, in the period 2010-2015, our investments in new equipment and new specialized departments, some of which are unique in Greece, have reached 31 million euros. In this way and by applying concerted efforts to promote Greece as a top Medical Tourism destination, we have contributed to developing Greek economy", said Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group.

As emphasized by the President of the Organizing Committee of AMLI, Christodoulos Stephanidis, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Athens and at the Yale School of Medicine, Director of Athens Heart Center in Athens Medical Center: "Regarding cardiac arrhythmias, we will present results on the treatment of atrial fibrillation with Cryopexia from our clinic, which has the biggest series of patients in Greece. We will also present results on an innovative technique for the implantation of a new type of micra pacemakers without electrodes and on the implantation of a new type of defibrillator.  Similarly, regarding vulvular heart disease, we will show new transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) methods and new treatments of congenital diseases, while in the field of heart surgery we will reveal data from the biggest series of patients in Greece, who have undergone beating heart bypass surgery in Athens Medical Center.  Finally, it's the first time ever that preliminary research data will be presented about a new type of mechanical circulation assist device, which is not powered by an external source but by the patient's respiratory system. The research is currently conducted at the Athens Medical Center".

As regards the pioneering surgical operations performed by the Robotic Surgery team with great success, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State University, Professor Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Scientific Director and Director of General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, stressed: "Single site robotic cholocystectomy in a pregnant woman at her 31 weeks of gestation is one of the surgeries we applied and the first ever to be performed during this stage of pregnancy. We will also refer to robotic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia, which is a perfect solution for chronic disease.  Great emphasis will be given to robotic surgery for benign and malignant tumours of the stomach or the small and large intestines, and robotic surgery for inguinal hernia and "athlete's hernia" (athletic pubalgia), two techniques that our team has applied for the first time internationally. Robotic surgery is bloodless, generally painless, offers quick recovery, does not cause adhesions and uses aerospace technology, which minimizes complications".

Dr. Nikolaos Mpontozoglou, Director of the MRI-CT Department of Athens Medical Center, explained: "The Athens Medical Center was the first to acquire a CT-scan in Greece and it will also soon install the first multi-section MRI. The combination of advanced technology with top scientific knowhow resulted in the first ever clinical application of groundbreaking methods in Greece, such as CT colonography, which can replace colonoscopy, MR enteroclysis and bloodless angiography.  The Athens Medical Center was one of the first centers in the world to apply coronary CT angiography, while it is also a pioneer in preventive diagnostic tests, such as rapid breast MRI, prostate MRI and low-dose chest CT for early breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer screening to allow eventual healing".

Dr. Pantelis Nikolaou, Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department - Sports Medicine at Athens Medical Center, noted: "Over the past years, Athens Medical Center has implemented innovations in various orthopeadic issues, such as sports injuries, hand injuries and disorders, microsurgery, spinal cord disorders and degenerative joint disease.  Athens Medical Center has offered us a unique opportunity to apply all current diagnostic imaging and surgical rehabilitation methods both in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Thus, we are among the first in Greece to apply endoscopic joint surgery (arthroscopy) for knee and other joints’ problems (shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist, hit), while we also use minimally invasive techniques for the hip by exploiting the potential of digital technology.  Finally, Athens Medical Group offers ongoing training opportunities through training seminars in all fields of orthopeadics.

Dr. Konstantinos Pantos, Scientific Associate of the Obstetrics-Gynaecology Clinic at GAIA underlined: " Greece is a point of reference and a Medical Tourism destination in IVF, as we have now couples from 30 different countries (e.g. USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada), who come to us because of the high-quality services we provide, the state-of-the-art technology and the low cost of treatment. Furthermore, it is fairly important to note the role of Greek legislation, which allows the use of techniques which are prohibited in other countries, such as anonymous egg donation (the donour is usually known in other countries) and surrogacy. Greece has been established as an international health tourism destination for these services and this is due in great part to the Athens Medical Group, which has undertaken concerted efforts in the field of medical tourism".

Finally, Dr. Antonios Ploumidis, Director of Center for Robotic & Laparoendoscopic Surgery, Urology - Andrology, at Athens Medical Center, stated: "In prostate cancer, early diagnosis in combination with the accuracy of robotic surgery have revolutionized treatment, having solved the problem definitely, respecting continence and erectile function. At the same time, in renal cell carcinoma, removal of the tumour allows preservation of healthy kidney tissue.  Minimal blood loss, single day hospitalization, quick patient recovery and little need for analgesia, are some of the confirmed advantages of robotic surgery. With over 10 years experience and having partnered with famous centers abroad, our clinic at Athens Medical Center have managed to shape the future of robotic Urology in Greece and Europe".

During the conference, you will see for the first time data from a large internationally acknowledged epidemiological study, which was conducted in Ikaria, an area with one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Preliminary data from the genetic background of adults from the island of Ikaria has demonstrated a differentiation in the telomeres, the ends of the chromosomes, which are linked to longevity.

The Conference is organized in cooperation with the Research Institute for Longevity and Prevention of the Diseases of Old Age. The participants will receive 18 CME-CPD credit points by the Panhellenic Medical Association, in accordance with the EACCME UEMS standards. An exhibition of pharmaceutical and other products will also be available in the conference areas and wil be open to all participants.

For more information and the full schedule of the Conference, visit www.amli2016.com

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group
Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@gmail.com

 

13.09.17
Athens Medical Center: The only private Greek Health provider in the European Program Horizon 2020

Athens, September 13th2017 - Athens Medical Group is the only private hospital provider in Europe, which, along with 12 university faculties, companies and several agencies from 8 countries, is participating in the European Research and Innovation ProjectEVOTION, and the only private Health provider in Greece participating in Horizon 2020.

The objective of this research project – fully funded by the European Union – is the Public Health Hearing Loss Policies decision-making based on the gathering and analysis of Big Data. This in turn will improve the prevention and treatment of hearing loss and its consequences in the life of thousands of people; it is anticipated that this project will contribute to hearing loss management methods by health specialists and organizations. Moreover, it forms part of Horizon 2020, the largest program in the history of the European Union for research, innovation and technology; the overall invested budget of the program is over 80 billion Euro for the period 2014 – 2020, in view of strengthening Europe's position as a global competitor.

For research purposes, hearing aids, noise reports, clinical, fiscal, financial and social related data, along with Big Data supporting public hearing health policies will be collected. In this way, the EVOTION platform will be created aiming at studying and identifying factors leading to total or partial hearing loss impairment, as well as at drawing the right conclusions for the development of public health policies based on this analysis.

1,750 European patients will participate in the research study, 250 of which will be patients of Athens Medical Group; it includes the use of hearing aids, clinical examinations (ENT) and observation of patients for one year. Apart from the Athens Medical Group, major companies and universities, such as Oticon A/S, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, City University of London, University College London, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, the Institute of Public Health for the Osijek-Baranya County and the Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) participate in the research study.

When announcing the composition of the scientific team, consisting of ENT doctors, audiologists, specialized nurses and administrative personnel, the head of the team of Athens Medical Center, Dr. George Gavalas, Director of the Division of Otology and Neurotology of the Athens Medical Group, stated: “We are especially content to participate in this pioneering project, aiming at effectively treating hearing loss, one of the most common chronic diseases and the 5th most common cause of disability and at improving the quality of life for thousands of people. The experience of Athens Medical Group in this sensitive field is undisputable and this was the basic criterion for our selection”.

Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group, pointed out the following: «Honouring our commitment at Athens Medical Group to constantly invest in medical innovation, we are participating in EVOTION, a major European project for the advancement of medical science and the development of Public Hearing Loss Health Policies in the EU area.”

12.09.17
Athens Medical Center The first Robotic Hepatectomy in Greece

Greece's first robotic hepatectomy was performed successfully at the Athens Medical Center by Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD, PhD, FACS, Scientific Director and Director of General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, and his team.

A 69 year old woman with a history of severe hepatitis B and C, who was being monitored over the last few years for a liver tumor, was the patient selected for the surgery.  Until recently, the disease was being treated with repeated radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Unfortunately, it was not possible to achieve the desired results. The tumour continued growing in size (from 1.5 cm to 6 cm) and surgery was the only option.

At this point, the patient approached to Athens Medical Center’s experienced team led by Dr. Konstantinidis to undergo robotic right hepatectomy. After spending 7 days in the hospital, she was released in an excellent condition and she will now be under close medical monitoring for 10 years.

Robotic liver surgery is viable, safe and offers significant advantages: 3D high definition vision and real-life imaging, with high magnification options up to 10x and a steady surgical field, which allow the surgeon to perform operations that can last several hours using instruments that move almost like the human hand. It offers increased ergonomy and reduces fatigue, so that the surgeon can carry out his work unimpeded and spend several hours in the operating theatre. At the same time, patients enjoy all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery (such as reduced pain, quick recovery, and less risk of postoperative hernias, inner tissue damage and, of course, adhesions).

After a successful operation, Dr.  K. Konstantinidis stated: "The first successful robotic hepatectomy in our country is now a fact and proves that despite the economic crisis, Greek hospitals offer some of the most specialized operations in the world, delivering a message of hope for thousands of patients in Greece and abroad. We should thank Athens Medical Center and, in particular, Dr. Georgios Apostolopoulos, Chairman of AMG for making available the most modern technological means and equipment and for allowing us to take the lead and be “always being one step ahead” in Greece and abroad".

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group
Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

27.07.17
A groundbreaking three-week Training Seminar for Pre-med students from the United States of America by Athens Medical Group

A groundbreaking three-week Training Seminar was organized by Athens Medical Group for Pre-med students from the United States. During the training, which was held in the facilities of Athens Medical Center, the students had the opportunity to follow a number of practical and theoretical lessons given by top physicians from a variety of medical specialties, such as heart surgery, oncology, general surgery, orthopaedics, upper limb surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.

The students were impressed by the advanced technological standards, the quality of the medical staff and the high-level of medical competence in Greece. It is worth noting that they had the opportunity to attend a live surgery, the first Robotic Hepatectomy in Greece (robot-assisted hepatic resection of a 6 cm hepatocellular carcinoma), which was performed by Professor Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD, PhD, FACS, Scientific Director and Director of General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, and his team.

The seminar was conducted in cooperation with AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) as part of the Atlantis project, whose aim is to bring Pre-med students from the United States of America to shadow medical activities in Greek hospitals, as well as to forge a network of cooperation and mutual communication between American universities, future American health care professionals and various health care systems in the world.

Speaking about this groundbreaking seminar, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group, stated: "Athens Medical Group has been implementing for several years now, an integrated medical training programme that includes a series of medical conferences, continuous training courses, a super course with live surgeries, in cooperation with some of the world's most eminent universities. With this pioneering Training Seminar for pre-med students from the USA, our Group has proven that Greece is both capable and willing to export medical expertise and become an important Medical Tourism destination."

 

For more press and media information: 

Savvas Kαragiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group, Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

 

12.07.17
Press release 20 years dedicated to your health 20 years – 20 medical doctors – 20 free consultations* - Medsana Bucharest Medical Center

Bucharest July 12th 2017. 2017 is an important milestone for Medsana Bucharest Medical Center, because it coincides with the anniversary of 20 years of operation. Serving 100.000 patients yearly in its 4 diagnostic centers, with a total of 340 employees and highly qualified physicians/ doctors and covering more than 11.000 corporate employees in capitation programmes, Medsana is a true synonym of Quality for the Romanian Healthcare sector. On the occasion of the 20 years of Medsana in Romania, 20 experts from Athens Medical Group, Medsana’s mother company, are visiting Romania to offer 20, 2nd opinion medical consultations, per doctor, to Medsana patients, free of charge (*a total of 400 free 2nd opinion medical consultations).

Furthermore, Athens Medical Group and Medsana, acknowledging their visitors / patients’ loyalty, presented the Health Passport, a benefit card which offers integrated healthcare services in the ultra modern Hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki. Health Passport provides to its owners, two set of benefits, covering both emergency cases and scheduled visits or treatments in AMG hospitals 365 days per year. For more information please visit www.medsana.ro

Finally, a scientific collaboration was announced between Athens Medical Group and Center of General Services and Liver Transplantation, I.C. Fundeni in the areas of Oncology and Minimal invasive surgery – Robotic surgery, concerning future joint academic initiatives.

Professor Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD,PhD,FACS, Scientific Director and Director of the General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Clinic of Athens Medical Center, representing AMG’s scientific team, on the occasion of 20 years of Medsana’s excellence, commented: “We are proud to present today the 20 | 20 | 20 initiative which coincides with the anniversary of 20 years of Medsana’s operation. It is a great honor to provide to every Romanian patient 2nd opinion medical consultations, as it depicts the Romanian and Greek long lasting scientific relationship. As a Greek surgeon, I feel proud that we can offer to our patients the best surgical techniques, bloodless, painless, with excellent results and international recognition, in areas such as: surgical Oncology, Hernias of all types, including Sports Hernias, surgical treatment of GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) and Robotic assisted bariatrics operations, among other to cure type II diabetes. Regarding our collaboration with Professor Irinel Popescu, I am deeply honored that we are finally able to expand our academic relationship to the benefit of our two countries and Medical Tourism”.

Professor Irinel Popescu, Director, Center of General Services and Liver Transplantation I.C. Fundeni, commented: “I would like to welcome the collaboration with AMG and I.C. Fundeni, two prestigious academic organizations, in the areas of Oncology and Minimal Invasive surgery – Robotic surgery. Today, both parties have set the basic principles of cooperation, which we believe is a humble 1st step to a significant project. I would like to thank AMG for its willingness to work together in this strategic, academic initiative. I will personally oversee every part of it, so I am confident that together we can make it a major scientific success for the two organizations involved”.

Dr. Achilles Ploumidis, MD, BSc, MSc, PhD, FEBU, Surgeon Urologist, Athens Institute of Robotic & Endoscopic Urology, Athens Medical Center, on the occasion of the anniversary of 20 years of Medsana’s operation, commented: “My ties with the Romanian Academia given the extensive training schedule of the past five years, are very strong. I am deeply honored and pleased to see that this long-lasting relationship is officially given and academic and business prospective. Innovations such as single site urology operations, Robotic oncological and reconstructive procedures, Robotic prolapse procedures, as well as lithiasis treatment, are among the big number of specialty procedures the people of both countries can now benefit”.

Mr Nikolaos Moschos, Business Development Director, Athens Medical Group, commented: “Our objective is to establish a business collaboration in medical areas where Romania excels, between State Authorities in Romania and Athens Medical Group, so as to support Romania's effort to become a Center of Medical Tourism itself. As you already know, Athens Medical Group has been a pioneer in this field, as it is the main player in Greece who managed to reverse the trend of Greek people flying abroad to get treatment and today receives more than 40,000 international patients for primary and secondary treatment. At the same time, we want to offer medical services to all Romanian patients which are currently travelling abroad to seek treatment, due to the lack of equipment, or for other reasons, such as: complex oncology, neurosurgery and cardiology operations, radiotherapy, digital angiography, PET CT and other. These are areas where Athens Medical Group has superb results, with doctors who are among the global elite in their field of expertise”.

Mr. Vassilis Chaniotis, General Manager, Medsana Bucharest Medical Center , commented: “Truly, this is a great day for Medsana. Together with Athens Medical Group, we are not celebrating only our 20 years anniversary, but also our plans and commitment for extroversy and prosperity in the years to come”.

Athens Medical Group (AMG) is the leading healthcare provider in SE Europe, providing high-quality, internationally certified medical services for more than 33 years. AMG runs 8 state-of-the-art Hospitals with 1,200 patient beds, 3,000 full time employees and 2,800 highly qualified physicians. The AMG is a Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, General Surgery, Bariatrics, Orthopedics-Microsurgery. It also performs cutting-edge Medical Procedures in Interventional Cardiology, Heart Surgery, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, IVF. Its highly qualified physicians who are certified with long working experience in Europe and the USA, offer patient-centered & top quality medical services abiding by the strictest international medical guidelines and certifications.­­­

 

For more information, please contact:

Anca Sert, Director Marketing, Member of Athens Medical Group, Medsana Bucharest Medical Center

Bucharest, Romania, T: (+4) 021 4087800, E-mail: asert@medsana.ro

 

Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Division, Athens Medical Group, Τ.:+30 210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

06.04.17
The excellent performance of Athens Medical Group at the 7th HTI Conference in Croatia granted Greece the "Greece: An emerging Health tourism destination" award

Consistent with its strategy to develop Medical Tourism, Athens Medical Group had a strong presence at the HTI Conference that was held in Rovinj, Croatia. Athens Medical Group was the only participant from Greece and its executives have demonstrated the unique potential of Greece and its competitive advantages in the Medical Tourism Industry sector. They have also presented the pioneering health care services offered by the Group's Hospitals to international patients. The excellent performance of the Athens Medical Group, which presented its infrastructure, organization and experience in Medical Tourism in an outstanding manner, granted Greece the "Greece: An emerging Health tourism destination" award.

The conference is one of the most important events in the field of Medical Tourism and a meeting point for various health care and tourism professionals from around the globe.  It was co-organized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy and was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Ministries of Tourism and Health.

Athens Medical Group participated in the conference, as part of its strategy to develop Medical Tourism. AMG has contributed towards promoting the competitive advantages of Greece, with a view to strengthening Greece's position in the Medical Tourism market, while it also invited the organizers to hold one of their future conferences in Greece.

Speaking about AMG’s participation in the conference and the award presented to our country, Vassilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group, stated: "The distinction we achieved for Greece is a recognition of our hard efforts to make our country a destination of top medical services.  Athens Medical Group has once again acted as a worthy ambassador of Greek medicine abroad. It will continue investing, in a consistent manner and with concerted actions, in the creation of a strong brand name for Greece in Medical tourism".

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group
Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

 

22.03.17
Superbrands 2016: A top brand in health care services, Athens Medical Group


The award was received by the CEO of Athens Medical Group, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos (right).

 

Athens Medical Group was awarded with the “Superbrand status” at the Corporate Superbrands Greece 2016 event as the leading and most recognizable medical Group in Greece during, 2016. This achievement is a clear sign that the company now ranks amongst the most visible companies/ brands in the Greek market.

“Superbrand status” was awarded to Athens Medical Group, following a research conducted in such a way as to ensure the objectivity and validity of the results. Corporate Superbrands Greece 2016, elected 273 leading companies, which were voted by the Superbrands Council and the consumers, in a public opinion poll that was organized by Marc, a reputed market and opinion research company. The evaluation criteria used by the Superbrands Council and the consumers were brand visibility and reputational equity, credibility and long-term consistency, as well as corporate responsibility with regard to the market, labour relations, the society and the environment.

The award was received by the CEO of Athens Medical Group, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, who stated: "In this difficult economic environment and with this unclear and ever-changing health policy framework, it is particularly significant to us to remain focused on our goals of promoting knowledge and leadership. In this respect, this distinction is a well-deserved reward for our efforts. We will continue taking up the challenges of our times, always being one step ahead and offering our patients the opportunity to enjoy innovative primary and secondary health care services. At the same time, we are intensifying our efforts to build a strong brand name for our country in Medical Tourism".

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group
Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr

21.02.17
The UN Diplomatic Council (DC) reaffirms its trust in Athens Medical Group

Athens Medical Center and European Interbalkan Medical Center in Thessaloniki were once again included in the list of Preferred Partner Hospitals for 2017 by the UN Diplomatic Council, in recognition of the high-level services they provide and having fulfilled all the necessary specifications and standards.

The CEO of Athens Medical Group, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos, commented: "The renewal of the certification corroborates our continued efforts to provide integrated quality health care services, in accordance with the strictest international standards, while it also proves our commitment to proceed firmly with the implementation of our strategic plan for the development of Medical Tourism in Greece. The "DC Preferred Partner Hospitals" quality certificate for our two ultra-modern health care institutions in Athens and Thessaloniki has come as a reward for our efforts to create a powerful brand name for Medical Tourism in our country and constitutes a major advantage against international competition".

The main criteria for conferring the status were the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 22000:2005 standards, as well as the "Excellence in Medical Tourism" certification that was granted to Athens Medical Group Hospitals by Temos International. The Temos Certification Process is a unique system for the certification of health care services, which focuses on the management of international patients and medical tourism.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard relates with the organization and management of hospitalization services, and of the laboratory and imaging methods used for the provision of health care services in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics and other fields. The ISO 22000:2005 standard specifies the requirements for the safety of the food services provided to patients and staff and the procedures used for the supply, delivery, storage, processing, preparation and management of food.

The Diplomatic Council (DC) is a United Nations (UN) registered global Think Tank with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Temos International is an organization which certifies the quality of the services provided by top medical service providers around the globe. The Diplomatic Council and Temos International have built up a partnership to increase the trust of international patients in medical facilities.  In this context, the Diplomatic Council recognizes medical facilities as the top ones in the world.

 

For more press and media information:
Savvas Karagiannis, Communications Manager, Business Development Department, Athens Medical Group

Tel.:210 6862521, E-mail: s.karagiannis@iatriko.gr