The SNF will pay for a new children’s hospital
Greece’s parliament last week approved a €160 million donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for the construction of a pediatric teaching hospital in Thessaloniki.
The deal was approved with votes from the ruling conservatives, the centre-left Movement for Change (KINAL) and the populist right-wing Greek Solution.
The hospital, which will operate as a legal entity under private law, will have 243 beds, including 33 intensive care stations and 46 emergency/day hospital beds. According to the schedule, it will be ready by the end of 2025.
The SNF will cover the cost of studies, the construction of facilities, as well as medical and other equipment, and will provide free training for medical personnel in the use of medical equipment. The Greek state will provide the land on which the hospital will be built and the staff.
The hospital will include a 20-bed child and adolescent mental health center and will house academic research labs, lecture theaters and teaching spaces. The pediatric and pediatric surgery clinics that are already operating in various hospitals in Thessaloniki will be transferred to the new establishment.