Aspiring to continuously upgrade and fine tune the services it offers, IASO Thessalias is investing in the new easyScreen BERAphone® device for otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response to evoked potentials.
The IASO Thessalias 1st ENT Clinic is headed by ENT Professor Emeritus Ioannis Bizakis, assisted by ENT specialists C. Korais, K. Giangas, D. Batagkionis and D. Kostarelos, and focuses especially on investigating hearing loss in neonates and children, and delayed speech. The Clinic carries out all the necessary exams, as specified in the universal neonatal hearing screening (UNHS) programs. Acquiring a new, baby-friendly device further enhances the investigation of neonatal hearing. The easyScreen BERAphone® with its patented ABR and integrated electrodes, combines detection of evoked potentials and otoacoustic emissions in one device. The CE-Chirp® stimuli and response detection algorithm provide reliable results in just a few minutes.
Hearing loss is among the most prevalent congenital disorders in neonates. It is estimated that 1 in 2 out of 1000 neonates are born with severe bilateral hearing loss, while a higher rate of neonates exhibit less severe hearing loss, unilateral or bilateral. As a matter of fact, this rate increases by about 1 in 100 neonates when they are admitted and hospitalized in Intensive Care Units for more than 48 hours.
The first few weeks in the life of a neonate are extremely crucial in terms of early diagnosis of hearing impediments. According to studies, treatment interventions in the first six months of life are linked to the best possible prognosis, speech development and communication in general later on in life, a fact that automatically signals the smooth socialization and development of the child.
These render the need for universal application of newborn hearing screening tests indisputable. These screening tests are based on simple examination of otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and performance of automatic auditory brainstem response (AABR). Both tests are painless and safe, and are performed on neonates when they are asleep. When the tests are performed in the first few days after delivery, they can be concluded in just a few seconds.
The Blood Drive organized onsite by IASO Thessalias on Wednesday 7 July 2021, in partnership with the Mobile Blood Unit of the General Hospital of Larissa, was hugely successful.
Strictly following all the personal protective measures against COVID-19, volunteer blood donors – staff and doctors – responded once again to the call for blood, participating in the effort to address the huge social problem of blood shortages, with a sense or awareness and respect for human life.
IASO Thessalias would like to sincerely thank all the volunteer blood donors for participating, surpassing previous events in numbers. As a result, the General Hospital of Larissa blood bank was reinforced with an additional 36 units of blood.
As part of its social policy, especially in these tough times due to the pandemic, IASO Thessalias will continue devoting its efforts for the common good and for helping those in need.
With a deep sense of pride and responsibility, IASO Thessalias proceeded with a symbolic Adoption Act, taking the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home under its wing, in the true spirit of giving.
For over ten years now, IASO Thessalias has been offering local citizens top-level healthcare services, eagerly aiming to safeguard their health and approach each patient’s problem from a scientific perspective. Since its establishment, IASO Thessalias has managed to grow further and become the most powerful healthcare provider in Central Greece. Given the trust the people of Thessaly have placed in it for its efforts since 2010, it is now time for IASO Thessalias to give back to the people supporting it.
Following the very fruitful meeting at the Retirement Home’s facilities between the CEO and General Manager of IASO Thessalias, Theodoros Talaris, and the Manager of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home, Katerina Ziazia, where the key needs of the Retirement Home were presented, IASO Thessalias is ready to take action to safeguard the health of the elderly residents, offering: check-ups, diagnostic tests, onsite visits by hospital employees for blood draws, and organized visits by IASO Thessalias associate physicians for physical examinations of the elderly.
Moreover, new catering equipment has already been delivered to the Retirement Home’s kitchen, while care meals prepared by the certified team of IASO Thessalias kitchen staff will soon be available. Works have also already started for the gradual restoration of the Holy Chapel of Saint Catherine, located in the courtyard of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home.
“The work you are doing for the elderly is exceptional and you are fighting an uneven battle daily. Apart from acknowledgment from the community, the people you are hosting and caring for at the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home also deserve safe and quality living conditions. IASO Thessalias is seeking to assist you in this effort, hoping to forge a relationship of trust that will stand the test of time and which will not be limited to simple donations,” noted the CEO of IASO Thessalias, Mr. Talaris.
On her part, the Manager of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home, Ms. Ziazia, stated:
“I would like to thank the management of IASO Thessalias for this act of love and their active support towards the Municipal Retirement Home. In the tough times we are experiencing, and having to address many difficult problems in terms of the facility’s operation, it is very important to know that there are people and companies standing by us to support our efforts. I am hoping that others will soon follow in the footsteps of IASO Thessalias.”
Celebrating 25 year of IASO, and as part of its extensive By your Side Corporate Social Responsibility program, IASO Group is adopting the Ark of the World, the non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and protecting mothers and children. IASO Group embraces this large family of 400 children and their loved ones, taking a more essential role in the work of the Ark in healing childhood traumas. At the same time, the partnership has been expanding to Central Greece, with IASO Thessalias providing quality healthcare services to the Volos branch.
In a meeting held at the Children’s Guesthouse in Kolonos on Tuesday June 8, 2021 among Father Antonios, eldress Stamatia Georganti, IASO Group BoD Chairman Dr. Georgios Stamatiou and IASO Group CCO Christina Tampourea, they all had the opportunity to discuss the significant contribution of the Ark of the World throughout Greece, including addressing the healthcare needs of children.
As Father Antonios, founder of the Ark of the World noted, “The partnership with IASO is very significant. Imagine that we are talking about hundreds of children, let alone the additional 400 single-parent families, to whom we offer pharmaceutical treatment through volunteering and cooperation with people who support us in this effort, such as IASO, with which we have been having cooperating remarkably since 2015. IASO takes care of our children by covering a substantial cost, if one adds it to the child-rearing costs.
Lately, all molecular testing being performed on our personnel and children goes through IASO. It is a great help. There is also a corresponding IASO unit in Volos, where we can get assistance.
The Ark of the World is currently hosting almost 400 children throughout Greece. We have guesthouses in Attika, Kalamata, Epirus, Volos and Chios, while we also have the only guesthouse for children in the Northern Aegean, since we are hosting children from Limnos to Rhodes.
What we offer to children is primarily the healing of their mental traumas and then our hospitality, with everything this entails in terms of child-rearing. We also help these children via foster care, so they may find an exclusive parent, a father and a mother. In cases of older children, we raise them until they become adults, so that they continue their studies and come out of the Ark and our Agricultural schools to go on either as farmers or through universities, depending on their educational level.”
Dr. Georgios Stamatiou, Chairman of the IASO Group BoD stated, “As part of celebrating 25 years of IASO, we have decided to adopt the Ark of the World. Although we have a been cooperating since 2015, today, on our 25-year anniversary, we decided we should cover all healthcare services at IASO Group: check-ups and surgeries; we are basically covering the children. At the same time, with the COVID-19 tests performed within the past year, we met all the needs of the Ark of the World, both the children’s and personnel’s at the three shelters in Athens, where 200 COVID-19 tests have already been performed. As Father Antonios said, it has now expanded throughout Greece. Dimini, in Volos, is one of these areas. It has two units and our link there is IASO Thessalias, which covers the wider region of Thessaly and, therefore, the Ark’s needs will also be covered there.”
Ms Christina Tampourea, IASO Group CCO, mentioned, “With the awarded By your Side Corporate Social Responsibility program, we support over 25 non-profit organizations. We are standing by them for all their healthcare needs. We are standing by children, mothers, families. The Ark of the World is doing an amazing job; everyone deserves our sincere congratulations. We are extremely moved that our Chairman is expanding our partnership even further. All the actions of the Ark, which are spread throughout Greece, are striking and we will support them as much as we can.”
From left to right: eldress Stamatia Georganti; Christina Tampourea, IASO Group CCO; Dr. Georgios Stamatiou, IASO Group BoD Chairman; and Father Antonios
On 21 and 22 May, IASO Thessalias is hosting the Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) Course, by Mr. Dimitris Zacharoulis, Professor of Surgery, and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of England, for the seventh year running. To date, more than 700 surgeons from Greece and abroad have been trained through the Course.
The BSS Course is organized at IASO Thessalias twice a year and is addressed to young doctors of all medical specialties, as well as med students in their last years of school who have decided to pursue a surgical specialty. It has been designed to introduce young surgeons to safe surgical practices within a controlled lab environment.
It is an intense seminar on basic surgical skills, such as basic laparoscopic techniques, suturing techniques, etc. Each trainee is given the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance and supervision of top surgeons who have received special training from RCS consultants.
The Course aims to teach, evaluate and certify the skills of trainees in applying safe surgical techniques commonly used in surgical procedures.
IASO Thessalias, the largest private hospital in Central Greece, is investing in the ongoing training of its associates and in the advancement of medicine. It organizes and hosts the most important scientific events at its facilities, placing Thessaly at the center of the latest scientific developments nationwide.