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Press Releases 2014

At IASO Children’s Hospital your children’s health is in the best hands!


Free of charge pediatric check-up on the occasion of the International Day for Children

Prompted by the International Day for Children (11 December 2014), IASO Children’s Hospital, caring for your children’s health, offers a FREE OF CHARGE pediatric check up.

The check up comprises a Complete Blood Count, urinalysis, erythrocyte sedimentation rate test, blood sugar measurement, serum ferritin measurement, iron level test, cholesterol levels measurement and Pediatric Examination. The offer is valid for all those to schedule an appointment by calling at ++30 210 6383070 – 2 & 210 6383917 until Saturday 13 December 2014.


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  • Complete healthcare services according to the standards of world-class pediatric hospitals
  • Excellent medical staff of all pediatric specialties
  • Highly-trained nursing staff committed to our young patients’ care
  • State-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Advanced medical equipment
  • Top quality services in a pleasant, beautiful and warm environment specially designed for children
  • Comprehensive medical care and treatment on a 24-hour basis
  • High quality policy accredited by international standards

For more press information, please contact Ms Nancy Christopoulou, Department of Commercial Management at IASO Group, tel: ++30 210 638 3917, E-mail:

IASO General: Scientific Study Day on Medical Imaging in Sports Injuries

In the context of continuing medical education (CME) and update, IASO General’s Events Hall (264, Messogeion av., Cholargos) is hosting a Scientific Study Day on the special and very interesting issue of “Medical study and Arthroscopic Examination of sports-induced joints injuries”, on Saturday 6 December 2014.

The Study Day is organized by the 6th Orthopedic Clinic of IASO General, headed by Mr. Christos Giannakopoulos, and the Hellenic Association of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Sports Injuries “Georgios Noulis”.

Renowned and highly experienced orthopedic surgeons and radio-diagnosticians will deliver speeches and present all current developments in the field of Medical Imaging and Orthopedic Surgery for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports-induced joints injuries.

The Study Day’s presentations will be webcasted on the Youtube channel of the Hellenic Association of Arthroscopy. A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all the participants.

All interested parties can call Mr. Giannakopoulos at ++30 210 650 2000 to register for the event.

IASO: 20th Breastfeeding Seminar-2014

IASO is holding the 20th Breastfeeding Seminar from 01/12/14 to 05/12/14. The seminar is addressed to Healthcare Professional and is under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. The participation to the seminar is free of charge.

World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, acknowledging the value of Breastfeeding, established the Initiative “Baby-friendly Hospitals”, by setting the Ten Steps to a Successful Breastfeeding, the embracing of which constitutes the ultimate goal of IASO.

Acknowledging the mother’s priceless offer towards her child and at the same time the indefeasible right of a newborn to breastfeeding – which is the optimal way for exclusive feeding for the first six months of the infant’s life – we, at IASO, put significant efforts in the awareness, consciousness, information and promotion of breastfeeding and try to apply the Ten Steps to its Success.

Namely, we:

  • Observe a Written Policy according to UNICEF’s and WHO’s guidelines.
  • Routinely educate all our Nursing Staff by organizing regular seminars aimed at the acquisition of all the necessary knowledge and skills for the observance of the aforementioned Policy.
  • Hold Childbirth Education Classes on Breastfeeding in order to timely and responsibly inform and train all future mothers on Breastfeeding and its benefits.
  • Take care for the early initiation of breastfeeding, thusly establishing lactation and fortifying the emotional bonding between a mother and her infant.
  • Advise all mothers who must be separated from their newborn for Medical reasons (admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) to continue producing breast milk so that the newborn receives it at the earliest opportunity.
  • Do not feed the newborns with any other type of food or liquid apart from breast milk, unless otherwise dictated, e.g. on medical grounds or the mother’s wish.
  • Apply the “Kangaroo Care” method; it provides skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her premature neonate and constitutes a method with undeniable benefits for both of them.
  • All mothers can have their newborn stay in the same room with them (“Rooming-in Practice”).
  • We encourage all new mothers to feed their baby whenever their baby longs for it in order to achieve free and unlimited Breastfeeding.
  • We do not give pacifiers or feeding bottles to the breastfeeding newborn.
  • We support breastfeeding with a 24/7 Helpline for all mothers discharged from IASO (tel: +30 210 618 4000).

To conclude, the Seminar comprises 27 hours of Theory and 8 hours of Hands-on practice, based on the guidelines set by WHO. The scope of the seminar is the education upon issues regarding the Support, Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding.

To register for the seminar, please contact IASO’s Nursing Management Secretariat at +30 210 618 4155 & 210 618 4199.

For more press information, please contact Ms Nancy Christopoulou, Department of Commercial Management at IASO Group, tel: +30 210 638 3917, E-mail: & Ms Ioanna Renti, Department of Commercial Management at IASO Group, tel: +30 210 638 3905, E-mail:

The Hellenic Gynecologic Society for Breast Disease (EGEPAM), in collaboration with IASO Gynecology-Maternity Clinic, are holding the 3rd Further Education Seminar on Breast Surgery titled “Breast Surgery” on Saturday 6 December 2014 in the Events Hall of IASO, 37-39 Kifissias Avenue, Maroussi.

Specialists-members of the Society shall present several issues upon Breast Surgery. The scope of the seminar is the interactive and active participation of all attendees.

IASO Clinic shall be represented by noted scientists Messrs Antonios Keramopoullos, Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Athens, Scientifically Responsible at IASO’s Breast Center, Demosthenis Mpaltas, Gynecologist, Breast Surgeon, Niki Louvrou, Gynecologist, Breast Surgeon, Doctor of Medicine at the University of Athens, Vassiliki Gaki, Breast Surgeon, Doctor of Medicine at the University of Crete.

For more information and registration for the seminar, please call at ++30 210 618 5135 or visit EGEPAM’s website:

For more press information, please contact Ms Mariana Stamatakou, Department of Commercial Management at IASO Group – IASO Scientific Library, tel: ++30 210 618 5135, E-mail:

and Ms Nancy Christopoulou, Department of Commercial Management at IASO Group, tel: ++30 210 638 3917, E-mail:

First transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) successfully completed on low birth-weight preterm neonate in Greece

The transcatheter technique (without the need for open-heart surgery) to close the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a low birth-weight preterm neonate was used for the first time in Greece at IASO Children's Hospital. This is a pioneering technique that has been used in just a few patients at major medical centers in the USA, with only 25 reports published in international scientific journals.

The experienced team of medical specialists of the Pediatric Cardiology Department and the Hemodynamic Laboratory at IASO Children's Hospital, under the direction of Dr Georgios Tsaousis, used the technique with absolute success on a preterm neonate weighing 1,040 g, which, because of the defect, was in respiratory distress and on a respirator. Using state-of-the-art medical equipment, he placed a small closure device through a subcutaneously inserted, very fine catheter in the extremely fragile ductus arteriosus, which is the blood vessel that connects the two major arteries of the body - the aorta and the pulmonary artery – before the baby is born. This method made it possible for the small neonate to avoid the risks and stress that accompany open-heart surgery. The entire procedure took place in the Hemodynamic Laboratory at IASO Children's Hospital, with the help of the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Department, under the direction of Chrysanthos Alexopoulos, and with the surgical services of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department, under the direction of Dr Georgios Sarris.

The clinical status of the newborn, thanks to the tireless care of the Neonatal ICU headed by Dimitris Konstantinou, improved immediately and the neonate was removed from the respirator after a few hours.

Given that congenital heart defects occur in 8 out of 1,000 births, and that the PDA is a relatively frequent but serious condition, particularly in preterm neonates, this new method contributes significantly to reducing the risks of treating the condition with open-heart surgery.

The Center for Congenital Heart Defects at IASO Children's Hospital includes:

  1. A fully staffed Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department;
  2. a Pediatric Cardiology Department;
  3. a Hemodynamic Laboratory;
  4. a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Department; and
  5. an Intensive Care Unit.

In fact, with the cooperation of the Neonatal ICU, the Pediatric and Surgical departments and special associates from all of the pediatric sub-specialties, the Center is able to provide high-level specialized tertiary services to pediatric cardiac patients of all ages, most of whom can be treated optimally and completely cured.

For more news-related information: Nancy Christopoulou, Commercial Division of the IASO Group – IASO Children's Hospital, Tel: 210 6383917, E-mail:

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