The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced a $21.8 million (€16 million) commitment to replace obsolete linear accelerators in seven Greek public hospitals with state-of-the-art high-precision linear accelerators.
Part of the foundation's ongoing efforts to mitigate the effects of the 2012 financial crisis in Greece, the initiative is designed to improve and expand the treatment of cancer patients in the country. To that end, the funds will support training of qualified personnel in the hospitals where the new accelerators are installed. During the planning and implementation stages, the foundation will collaborate with internationally accredited university hospitals in Europe and the United States as well as the Hellenic Society of Radiation Oncology.
"Providing modern, safe, and comprehensive health services to our fellow citizens is an essential social commodity, and we feel it is our obligation to contribute to this direction, as always to the extent of our abilities," said Andreas Dracopoulos, co-president of the SNF board of directors. "With this as our basic philosophy, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is implementing a new grant in the health sector, and specifically toward improving radiotherapy in Greece, with the desire to implement a holistic approach, and to contribute to the necessary upgrading of radiotherapy services offered by public hospitals to those suffering from cancer."