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HYGEIA Hospital was the first large Private Hospital to be established in Greece that has been operating in Greece since 1975. It is currently one of the largest private hospital units in the country.

It was founded in 1970 by a group of Greek physicians; their aim was creating a model hospital in Greece. 
To this day, HYGEIA continues to set the pace, mainly striving to provide top-level services and develop a network of integrated healthcare services both in Greece and abroad.

HYGEIA was the first hospital in Greece to undertake a heart transplant operation, the first to treat an HIV patient, and the first throughout Europe to carry out implantation of radioactive particles in prostate cancer. In addition, the successful separation of Siamese twins in May 1989 provided two people with an independent personal life.

HYGEIA Hospital's primary goal has been to offer top-quality services at the cutting edge of medical science and technology, as well as to develop an integrated network of healthcare services both in Greece and abroad. 


HYGEIA Hospital offers health services HYGEIA Hospital which include:

  • A unique gamma-KNIFE Brain Radiosurgery Department in Greece, with Leksell Gamma Knife PerfexionTM
  • The first PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography) Department in Greece
  • A fully-equipped Radiation Oncology Centre with modern robotic Linear Accelerators AXESSΕ & VERSA
  • A state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit as well as a High Dependency Unit
  • One of the most modern Organ Transplant Units (bone marrow)
  • A One-Day Surgery Unit (ODS)
  • The largest Department of Interventional Neuroradiology and Cerebral Aneurysm Embolization
  • The unique Da Vinci®S Robotic Surgery System
  • A most advanced Neurosurgical System: Robot-assisted microscope PENTERO connected to neuronavigation system Stealth Station for brain tumor resection
  • A One-Day Treatment Center
  • The Latest Generation Multidisciplinary Hybrid Operating Room

 

2017

  • HYGEIA Hospital has been awarded the 2016 Best International Hospital Award for Greece by the International Healthcare Commission (IHC).
  • The first awake video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in Greece to remove a lung tumor, without administration of general anesthesia, was successfully performed at HYGEIA Hospital.
  • An innovative fusion imaging system has been installed at the HYGEIA Hospital General Ultrasounds Department, offering superior quality healthcare services for prostate cancer.
  • First Dedicated Private Heart Center in Greece. Comprehensive Treatment for all Heart Conditions of all life stages, from fetus to adult
  • Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy & Intraoperative Ultrasound. Maximum safety for patients with kidney cancer. A partial nephrectomy procedure using the da Vinci® robotic system in combination with high-resolution laparoscopic intraoperative ultrasound offer significant benefits to patients suffering from kidney cancer.
  • HYGEIA Group unveiled its 5th consecutive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which records the responsible business conduct that distinguishes all of the Group activities. The 2016 CSR Report is the first to have been prepared in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, Core level, and is accompanied by a statement from an independent auditor providing assurance as to this.

2016


  • The new FilmArray 2.0 System is installed at the Clinical Labs of HYGEIA Hospital, revolutionizing the management of infections. 
  • The HYGEIA Hospital Hepatobiliary Surgery Department offers comprehensive management of liver cancer patients.
  • The HYGEIA Hospital Radiation Oncology Center became a European Reference Center after the latest agreement signed with Elekta, due to its unique, advanced equipment and the toplevel services it offers for cancer treatment. It is also the only one in Greece to have been selected by the International RadioSurgery Association (IRSA) as a Center of Excellence for Stereotactic Radiotherapy & Radiosurgery.
  • HYGEIA is the only hospital in Greece accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). It has renewed its Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for another three years and remains the only hospital in Greece to have received this distinction by the most distinguished and internationally recognized Accreditation Standard for Healthcare Organizations.
  • Super Glue treatment with VenaSeal, the latest minimally invasive and pain free treatment for varicose veins, is being performed for the first time in Greece at Hygeia Hospital. VenaSeal is the first and only system that uses intravascular glue (cyanoacrylate) to seal and obliterate the vessels that cause varicose veins.
  • An innovative breast radiotherapy method that spares the heart and lungs has been introduced at HYGEIA Hospital, for the first time in Greece.

2015

  • The first implantation of a leadless pacemaker is successfully performed at HYGEIA Hospital by Cardiologists-Electrophysiologists of HYGEIA Hospital’s Electrophysiology, Pacemaker and Defibrillator Department. The leadless pacemaker has brought revolution in pacemaker technology.  
  • The first comprehensive Department for Endoscopic Paranasal & Skull Base Surgery (Endoscopic Skull base Athens – ESA) in Greece is inaugurated at HYGEIA Hospital and offers specialized treatment for the entire range of conditions affecting the nose, the paranasal sinuses and the skull base. 
  • HYGEIA Group is ushering in a new era in Clinical Microbiology. It installed and operates the first VITEK MS MALDI TOF in the Clinical Labs of HYGEIA Hospital. This technology allows fast microbial identification from clinical samples, providing valuable information rapidly, so as to select the best antibiotic treatment, as well as proceed with the most suitable actions when managing epidemics and limiting the spread of infections. 

2014

  • The new groundbreaking Versa HD linear accelerator (for the Radiotherapy & Oncology Center) is installed, the first one of its kind in Greece and the Balkans.
  • Erato, a state of the art virtual presence robot, assists patients & visitors.
  • HYGEIA Hospital is ranked among the best hospitals in the world, after receiving the Best Hospitals Worldwide 2014 Certificate by the Diplomatic Council (DC), a foundation that follows the principles of the United Nations Charter.

2013

  • HYGEIA Hospital receives the "Employer of the Year Award" in the prestigious European Business Awards 2012/13 finals and is recognized as the leading employer in Europe.
  • ΗYGEIA Hospital receives an award for its positive work environment for the 2nd time, as it is ranked among the top companies listed as Best Workplaces 2013.
  • HYGEIA Group expands its business to the medical cosmetology industry, launching a new specialized line of cosmetics, Beatific.
  • A novel transcatheter valve implantation offering treatment to selected patients suffering from aortic valve insufficiency.

2012

  • HYGEIA Hospital is among the leaders in medical technology worldwide, after the inauguration of its Latest Generation Multidisciplinary Hybrid Operating Room, the first one of its kind in Greece.
  • The first procedures in Greece using the Da Vinci S Robotic System:
    – Vertical Partial Laryngectomy
    – Partial nephrectomy
    – Removal of the thymus gland

2011

  • Two Major Awards for HYGEIA Hospital: "Best company in Greece in Corporate Governance" award by World Finance, the prestigious international journal, & "Exceptional Work Environment", becoming the first Hospital in Greece to be awarded for its exceptional work environment, since it was included among the top companies in the Best Workplaces’ 2011 ranking.
  • ΗYGEIA Hospital is implementing the latest generation treatment protocols through Sellas Clinical Research Center, following an exclusive affiliation agreement between Sellas and the hospitals HYGEIA, MITERA and HYGEIA Hospital Tirana. This affiliation aims at securing increasing access of patients suffering from serious illnesses to the most innovative treatment and medical research options, through an integrated network of doctors and clinical researchers.
  • HYGEIA Group announces its disinvestment from Turkey, reflecting its strategy to focus on the operation of hospitals in which the Group maintains absolute majority and management control in order to ensure a high standard of quality of the healthcare services provided.
  • HYGEIA Hospital is certified (from 2010 to 2014) by TEMOS (Organization Certifying Medical Tourism Services), in order to expand its healthcare services in Greece to an international level.
  • Computer-Assisted Neuronavigation surgery to correct congenital scoliosis.
  • Innovative transcutaneous method for mitral valve repair using the MitraClip System.
  • The First Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Greece with the use of the da Vinci S Surgical System

2010

  • HYGEIA becomes the only Hospital in Greece to receive the JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation, after thorough preparation.
  • HYGEIA acquires state-of-the-art equipment: Leksell Gamma Knife Perfection. It also hosts the 15th conference of the Leksell Gamma Knife Society.
  • HYGEIA Hospital Tirana begins operating on July 1.
  • Interventional Radiology: Revolutionary new endovascular techniques cure 70-80% of patients with "diabetic foot".
  • γ- Knife radiosurgery: New, improved, effective and totally painless method for the treatment of brain tumors.

2009

  • HYGEIA secures 100% ownership of "MAGNETIC HYGEIA DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING S.A."
  • HYGEIA Hospital Tirana  is under construction; it is situated at the junction of Tirana’s most central streets, occupying a space of 25.000 square meters.
  • A modern One-Day Treatment Unit (Chemotherapy) is established on the 5th floor of the Hospital. It can accommodate up to 27 individual patients and is equipped with CCTV.
  • Nucler Medicine Department is equipped with the state-of-the-art γ-Camer Brightview XCT (hybrid imaging system). 
  • Removal of fibromas with Da Vinci® S.
  • Incisionless Robotic Surgery for Thyroid Removal with Da Vinci® S.
  • Staging of uterine cancer through robotic surgery for the first time in Greece.
  • Implantation of Rechargeable Neurostimulator in patients with mobility problems.

2008

  • HYGEIA Group acquires two private hospitals in Cyprus: Achilleion Hospital (Limmasol) and Evangelismos Hospital (Pafos). HYGEIA Group acquires 50% of capital share of SAFAK Group Hospitals in Turkey.
  • Stem Health Unirea SA is founded in Romania.
  • HYGEIA Hospital installs new equipment: da Vinci ® S Robotic Surgery System, CT-Scan, Digital Mammography and Robotic Linear Accelerators.
  • A new health informatics system is installed throughout the HYGEIA Group Hospitals.
  • The first operations in Greece with da Vinci ® S Robotic Surgical System: 
    – Bypass
    – Gastric bypass
    – Total hysterectomy
    – Mitral valve repair operations
    – Prostate 
  • Use of the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) method and application of the “Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)” for the supplementary treatment of patients with resistant depression.
  • Surgery for spinal cord stabilization (spinal fusion) with neuronavigation system of the last generation.
  • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication EsophyX.
  • Metabolic Surgery for Obesity and type II Diabetes.
  • Surgery with Robotically Guided Microscope: Neurosurgery for removal of brain tumors.

2007

  • HYGEIA announces its upcoming certification by Joint Commission International (JCI), a world-renowned accreditation and certification agency for healthcare organizations. (March)
  • HYGEIA SA and Euroconsultants SA, in partnership with British Minmax Health Ltd, announce the establishment of a company which will develop stem cell banking networks in 23 countries. (April)
  • HYGEIA SA decides to establish a company that focuses on pharmaceuticals and healthcare items, Y-PHARMA SA. (April)
  • On April 11, the Board of Directors of HYGEIA and MITERA decide to join forces and establish the most powerful private Healthcare Group in Greece, HYGEIA Group.
  • On July 18, HYGEIA announces the acquisition of Achilleion Hospital in Cyprus.
  • The HYGEIA Central Laboratories are certified to ISO 9001:2000.

2006

  • MARFIN CAPITAL SA acquires 49% of HYGEIA’s share capital and becomes its principal shareholder.
  • In April, HYGEIA makes a strategic move by acquiring 24.83% of MITERA’s share capital, to further establish its presence as a dynamic private healthcare Group.
  • HYGEIA’s Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography Department (PET/CT) is certified to ISO 9001: 2000. (May)
  • The expansion of HYGEIA in Albania (October) constitutes the first private investment in Albania’s healthcare sector, with a total cost of 30 million euros. This business venture is the prelude of HYGEIA Group’s expansion in to other Balkan countries.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

2005

  • The CT MRI & Osteoporosis Department is certified to ISO 9001: 2000.
  • HYGEIA purchases all the medical equipment of HYGEIA OPTHALMOS - OPHTHALMOLOGY CENTER SA, which operates within HYGEIA and offers ophthalmological services with Excimer Laser.
  • The HYGEIA Neurosurgery Clinic successfully organizes a postgraduate program, in affiliation with the Royal College of Surgeons, University of Erlangen and Harvard Medical International. The first workshop focused on cervical Spine Surgery (Prof R. Laing, Cambridge) and the second on Pituitary Gland Surgery (Prof R. Fahlbusch and Prof M. Buchfelder, Erlangen).

2004

  • Gamma Knife Brain Radiosurgery Department commences operation (March). It is the first of its kind in Greece. The Gamma Knife is an advanced technology device, which specializes in brain cancer treatments.
  • PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography) Department commences operation (June). It specializes in diagnosing neoplastic diseases and degenerative diseases of the brain (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease). In addition, it offers important information for specific conditions, such as accurately diagnosing cancer restaging.

2003

  • HYGEIA purchases all the medical and diagnostic equipment owned by affiliated companies and begins offering relevant services.
  • The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department is certified to ISO 9001: 2000.
  • HYGEIA SA buys out the remaining 40% of ALAN MEDICAL SA.
  • One of the hospital wards begins to operate as a Chemotherapy Unit, with immense success.

2002

  • The shares of HYGEIA SA are listed in the Athens Stock Exchange Market.
  • HYGEIA proceeds with a particularly significant affiliation with Harvard Medical International, a non-profit organization of Harvard University Medical School. (May)
  • The acquisition of 60% of ALAN MEDICAL SA is completed. (June)
  • The operation of HYGEIA’s subsidiary "DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CENTER OF ATHENS HYGEIA SA AND GEORGIOS POLITAKIS GP" is suspended, and its activities are now performed by the Company. (September).
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance.

2001

  • HYGEIA increases its holding stake in "DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CENTER OF ATHENS HYGEIA SA AND GEORGIOS POLITAKIS GP" to 99%.

1998

  • HYGEIA secures a 10% share in "HYGEIA - NUTRITION SOCIETE ANONYME". It also secures a holding in the general partnership "DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CENTER OF ATHENS HYGEIA SA AND GEORGIOS POLITAKIS GP".

1997

  • First Prostate brachytherapy.

1995

  • Interventional neuroradiology, cerebral aneurism embolization, Cerebral angiomas embolization.
  • Treatment of aortic aneurism endoluminal vascular prosthesis.
  • Establishment of the Center for Radiotherapy and Oncology.

1994

  • Percutaneous spondyloplastic intervention.
  • Model Intensive Care Unit.

1992

  • HYGEIA keeps expanding its activities, with the acquisition of 30% of "HYGEIA EYE – OPHTHALMOLOGY CENTER SA".
  • One Day Surgery Unit.

1990

  • HYGEIA secures 20% ownership of "MAGNETIC HYGEIA DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SA".
  • HYGEIA is the first hospital in Greece to undertake a heart transplant operation (April 3, 1990).
  • Liquid Organ Transplant Unit (e.g. bone marrow).

 

1989

  • The Successful separation of Siamese twins in May 1989 provided two people with an independent personal life.
  • MRI scanner installation.

1986

  • CT scanner installation.

1985

  • Implantation of Intraocular lenses (IOL) for cataract.
  • Cardiac by-pass Surgery.

1978

  • The Eastern Attica Prefecture grants the Hospital approval for the operation of new departments, as well as for an increase in bed capacity.

1975

  • HYGEIA receives an operating license for a General Hospital, with a capacity of 311 beds, in accordance with Decision No. KY5468/10.05.1975 by Attica Prefecture (Social Services Directorate).
  • Introduction of preventive health Check-up.

1971-1973

  • After two successive amendments to its official name, the Company receives its current name "DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CENTER OF ATHENS - HYGEIA SA"
  • The Company constructs a building complex in the Municipality of Amarousio, where it begins providing top-quality medical and nursing services.

1970

HYGEIA SA is established under the name "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center ATHENS ASTYKLINIKI SA" by a group of Greek physicians, led by N. Christeas.

Founders

  • Angelopoulos Vasileios
  • Georgoulis Vasileios
  • Kavadias Apostolos
  • Karageorgis Vasileios
  • Katsaras Erikos
  • Katsourakis Nikitas
  • Koutifaris Vasileios
  • Litos Michail
  • Liratzakis Dimitrios
  • Matsas Mpenakis
  • Mavrantonis Sofoklis
  • Mavrikios Nikolaos
  • Mpelonias Evangelos
  • Mpenos Spyridon
  • Nomikos Nikolaos
  • Oikonomides Emanouel
  • Pipilis Georgios
  • Segditsas Theodwros
  • Christeas Nikolaos