THESSALONIKI – A new complex of state-of-the-art surgery space containing three digital operation rooms and a hybrid robotic room (“Hyperion”) was inaugurated on Tuesday at the Interbalkan Medical Center of Thessaloniki (IMCT), in a 4-million-euro investment by the Athens Medical Group.
The four new operation rooms comprises of state-of-the-art medical equipment, offering artificial intelligence programs, 3D imaging, and high resolution (4K). Every operation room including the hybrid one are equipped with systems of digital connectivity and management of information, data, and images, which are very user-friendly, expandable, and adaptable when necessary.
IMCT’s new complex was inaugurated by Health Minister Thanos Plevris. He was joined by Central Macedonia Region Director Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Athens Medical Group CEO Vassilis Apostolopoulos, and Group Executive Vice-President Christos Apostolopoulos. Also present were Group President George Apostolopoulos and Pylea-Hortiatis Mayor Ignatios Kaitetzidis. The blessing was offered by Metropolitan Varnavas of Neapolis-Stavroupolis.
Minister Plevris noted that the inauguration of these modern surgeries at the IMCT were proof that the private sector could invest in the health sector innovative ways.
“On our part, as a state, we believe that the National Health System can be helped by private entities, and that is why we have wanted to raise the part relating to reimbursement through EOPYY (the national health services provider), in order to allow many of our fellow-citizens to have access to all new therapies,” he said. “At the same time, we are guaranteeing we will also have the best possible infrastructure at the National Health System. But it is very important that the Interbalkan center in Thessaloniki acquires these four state-of-the-art operation rooms, which will return to society,” Plevris added.
The investment in these four operating rooms places Thessaloniki one step ahead in medicine, noted Athens Medical Group’s CEO V. Apostolopoulos. He also pointed out that the hybrid room included in the complex is unique in Greece, while the other three operating rooms are all-digital.
New wing also
Apostolopoulos also mentioned that the construction of a new wing for the Interbalkan Center is progressing according to plan, and it is expected to be inaugurated in the autumn.
This expansion “will soon allow us to significantly increase our capacity and give patients from northern Greece and from abroad services comparable to leading hospitals in Europe and America,” given the high number of patients from other countries, he noted. The expansion will include a state-of-the-art oncology clinic, he revealed.
On the potential creation of a new university in Thessaloniki by Athens Medical Group, Apostolopoulos said this is a visionary plan which may become reality if and when conditions allow for it. If so, “it would provide immense added value not only to our Group, but also to national health, to the country as a whole and to the national economy.”
Asked by Athens-Macedonian News Agency if the Group planned to buy out private hospitals, Apostolopoulos responded that it wa something “that will work on shortly. We are placed in the market, we are awaiting developments, and we will present wherever we believe there is interest.”
At the moment, the Interbalkan Center features the largest endoscopic cardiac surgery in the country, noted the Director of the hospital’s First Cardiac Surgery Clinic, Antonis Pitsis.
“In less than two years we have performed over 800 operations using endoscopic and robotic technologies,” he said, adding that the new operating rooms will raise both the number of patients and the quality of operations.
Director of the hospital’s Second Cardiac Surgery Clinic, Vlassis Ninios, said that “some 1,300-1,500 such operations are carried out here each year,” and that a large part of these operations, mostly the more demanding ones, will be performed in the new operating rooms.
Director of the First Vascular Surgery Clinic, Nicolaos Melas, noted that the “Hyperion” hybrid operating room contains the robotic vascular angiography image-guided system “Allia™ IGS 7” by General Electric Healthcare, as well as medical technology systems that allow innovative intervention and complicated surgeries, at global level. The hybrid operation room, he said, offers a space to treat all vascular issues throughout the body, as it allows bloodless and open vascular surgeries in the same space, at the same time, for a single patient.