It all started on a November morning when a warm, polite voice was heard on the phone. And step by step, with a lot of effort, patience but also persistence, cooperation, and good intentions, the equipment of the Paediatric Trauma Center of the General Hospital of Amfissa became a reality!
We thank the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care” and the kind donor from the bottom of our hearts. The doctors and nurses thank you. The parents and children of our remote, but also so beautiful, region thank you.
We hope you will continue your invaluable social contribution, with the same tireless determination, selflessness, enthusiasm and strength of soul.
Thank you very much.
Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Amfissa
The Director of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Cephalonia “Aghios Gerasimos”, Dr Kalypso Danelatou, the doctors and the nursing staff express our warmest thanks to the Non-Profit Organization “Pediatric Trauma Care” for providing a full range of medical equipment to the Paediatric Trauma Center.
The sensitivity and solidarity of the president Natasha Clive – Vrecossis, as well as the members of the charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”, towards the community are proven once again with this social contribution. A donation which, in these hard times, demonstrates the humanitarian vision of the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care” as well as that of the A. G. Leventis Foundation who funded this project in order to defend and strengthen the public health sector.
Our most sincere thanks,
Director of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Cephalonia
“Dear Mrs President, and members of the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”,
Your invaluable support in the creation of the Trauma Center for children was crucial. You appeared a year ago, as a deus ex machina, at a time when support for the Health Services was sparing. You met the needs of the hospital units of Argolida and responded by equipping both trauma centers with the basic equipment needed for the treatment of paediatric injuries. For the first time, the hospital units in Argolida have state-of-the-art medical equipment to assist young patients.
From Tuesday 28th July 2020, the Trauma Center of the Hospital Unit of Argos is fully operational. We thank both you and the discreet donors for the equipment but most importantly for your humanity. Your donation gives us the strength to try harder, not only because you provided us with the means to do so, but mainly because we feel that we are not alone in this endeavor.
… Your effort is truly remarkable, continue your work in putting more smiles on the children’s faces.”
Electrical Engineer Msc, Deputy Director of Technical Service, General Hospital of Argolida
“Good evening from the urgent need seamstresses! Thank you very much for your important contribution to this whole endeavor! Honestly there are no words… may you be an example for others! Good luck with your work!”
Mary Tsentzika Gerasimou
Member of the team “Urgent Need Seamstresses”
“On behalf of the staff of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Veria, we feel the need to express our warmest thanks for the donation of medical equipment to our Paediatric Trauma Center. Your contribution during these difficult times gives us incredible strength to continue our work and reminds us that there are still people with vision and a selfless willingness to help. Your excellent endeavors are truly a breath of hope and support for provincial healthcare infrastructures, such as ours. We hope you continue your invaluable work.”
The Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Veria
“The Trauma Center – Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Florina received the, latest in technology, equipment you sent us and we thank you.A generous donation of machinery from the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”. ……This equipment is invaluable to us and we use it daily, covering essential needs of newborns, infants and children. We feel grateful, you made our work easier and more efficient. You are a bright light – a role model.”
Thank you very much,
The paediatricians and nursing staff
Paediatric Department – General Hospital of Florina
“According to the Dictionary of Common Greek of the Hellenic Language Center, a donation is “whatever is granted without remuneration or exchange, a sum of money, real estate or other property offered by someone to the state, to a public benefit foundation”. However, the work, and moreover the merit of the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care” is philanthropy.
Philanthropy: is about initiatives of individuals who aim to improve the quality of life of people or communities, and/or alleviate the suffering of fellow human beings. This is what Pediatric Trauma Care does, by dealing with the immediate and correct treatment of children’s accidents. Philanthropy declares first of all their love for the child. Thank you very much.”
Lasda Agori – Dimitra
General Hospital – Health Center of Karystos
“With this letter, and on behalf of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Arta, we would like to wholeheartedly thank you for your invaluable contribution in upgrading the quality of our services. During these difficult times, your support has been of the utmost importance. Thank you very much for the donation.”
Director of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Arta
“Pediatric Trauma Care. A revelation! A charity with a great contribution to the state’s infrastructures of health services. Where to begin? Equipment and renovation in sixty-five departments in fifty-five hospitals throughout Greece, corporate social responsibility awards, high quality evaluation.”
Eye Surgeon, Contact person SAKA Healthcare Professional Club Athens College
Source: “ερμής” Magazine, PERIOD Β’, ISSUE 70
… “Your contribution to the reinforcement of the equipment of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Chios with this donation was crucial for facilitating our work, as well as for the more complete and effective treatment of neonatological emergencies.
We are grateful for your sponsorship and for always supporting us in our difficult work, which is particularly important considering the economic crisis.
By monitoring your work over the years, we can only salute your contribution not only to the Paediatric Department of our Hospital but also to all the Paediatric Departments throughout Greece. We hope you continue your efforts and always offer the best care to young patients.”
Supervisor of the Paediatric Department of the ”Skylitseio” General Hospital of Chios
“On May 14th 2019, the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care” visited the 2nd Preschool of Chalandri. The two ladies who came to educate the preschoolers on trauma prevention were very kind. Thanks to their calm and engaging way of speaking, they were able to capture and hold the interest of the children, who ranged from 2.5-4 years old. We would like to thank you for your presence and your useful gifts, and wish you strength and good luck in your efforts.”
The Deputy Head
“All the employees of the Paediatric Department are very grateful to the Charity Pediatric Trauma Care, which understood the need to create a safe and functional Paediatric Department. We kindly thank Norton Rose Fulbright Greece for making a dream come true, giving the children what they need. Personally, I thank Mrs Natasha Vrecossis, who has always been by my side in my struggle, supported me, with unparalleled courtesy and determination. I would also like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright Greece, for funding a project in a remote city of Greece, an act that I personally consider makes them a Benefactor not just a sponsor.”
Director of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Kilkis
“We hope that you continue your important work with the same zeal, and that many more Paediatric Trauma Centers be equipped, so that young patients throughout Greece can reap the benefits of your generous contribution.”
Director of National Healthcare System
Scientific Head of Paediatrics, General Hospital of Trikala.
“We would like to warmly thank the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”, and specifically the President of the Board of Directors, Mrs. Natasha Clive – Vrecossis, for donating medical equipment to the Trauma Center in the General Hospital of Larissa. We would also like to thank the project managers, Mrs. Evgenia Bousoulega and Mrs. Niki Zolota, for their excellent cooperation. In difficult times like these, your vision and your enthusiasm have greatly facilitated our work. Your offer is noticeable every day, as it has greatly improved our ability to cope with urgent paediatric incidents and injured children in our hospital. Keep up the good work!”
Dr Sophia Alevra
Director of the Paediatric Department of the General Hospital of Larissa
“I would like to express my joy, as well as the delight of the young refugees who are being hosted in the hospitality center of Caritas Hellas in Neos Kosmos, for our collaboration with the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”. Within the framework of the summer educational program, the children had the opportunity to learn about accident prevention at home, at school and in the places they frequent. The children were clearly excited, as they did not stop asking questions. Your efforts are truly commendable, since, as a teacher and coordinator of the educational program, I recognize the importance of trauma prevention.
We are deeply grateful for your warmth, passion and willingness to enhance our educational work! We also thank you for the brochures you provided and the T-shirts with our beloved “Sotiris”.”
Coordinator of the Educational Program in the framework of the “Listening and Welcoming” program of Caritas Hellas in Neos Kosmos.
”We would like to thank the Charity “Pediatric Trauma Care”, and specifically the President of the Board of Directors, Mrs. Natasha Clive – Vrecossis and her associates, for their important contribution of medical equipment and machinery to the Trauma Center of the Pediatric Department in the General Hospital of Livadeia. Their awareness and genuine interest greatly improved the care of urgent pediatric incidents and injuries in our hospital, demonstrating their support of the difficult work the medical staff face. One more Trauma Center was added to the map of successful interventions by “Pedtrauma” in many Hospitals and Health Centers in our country, an example of their generosity towards our society which should be followed by others.
We wish all the contributors health and strength to continue their work.”
Coordinator of the Paediatric Department
Director of Medical Agency
General Hospital of Livadeia
”The Directors and staff of P.E.D.Y. – Health Center of Ebona in Rhodes, on behalf of all its visitors and patients, would like to warmly thank the President and the members of the Board of Directors of the Charity ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’, for their very touching gesture, in donating medical equipment and consumables necessary for the operation of its Pediatric Clinic.The pediatric clinic of the Health Center of Ebona began its operation a year ago, thanks to the efforts of the Director of General Medicine Mr Theofanis Moukas and the Pediatrician Nicholas Pharmakides, offering valuable health services to the pediatric population of our region.‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ donated to the Health Center of Ebona a patient monitor with the necessary equipment for use on infants and children of all ages, a pediatric stethoscope, an electronic baby scale, an otoscope, a set of ambu, a streptococcus detection test, and consumables. Now, with this donated equipment, it has no reason to be “jealous” of any private or public Pediatric Clinic.We would like to express our gratitude, and wish the members of the Charity ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ health, joy, happiness and to always be so generous. With this gesture, they demonstrate the magnitude of their philanthropy and altruism. We urge them to continue their particularly important work throughout Greece, and we hope that all children who are in need of medical supervision and support will be able to benefit from the best possible care.”
Theophanis N. Moukas
Director of General Medicine
P.E.D.Y. – Health Center of Ebona
”On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Health Center of Karlovasi, the employees of this establishment, and especially our fellow citizens, I would like to express my gratitude towards Pediatric Trauma Care for its role in renewing and upgrading the equipment of the Pediatric Department of the Health Center of Karlovasi .We now have the ability to provide improved health care to the child population in our area, to the children of our visitors, as well as the children of the immigrants and refugees that are passing through our island. This renewal of pediatric equipment has been the largest since the Health Center was founded. This important project would not have been made possible without the immediate response of Pedtrauma and the substantial assistance provided to us by the Board of Directors and its President Mrs Natasha Clive-Vrecossis, as well as the excellent collaboration with the Project Manager. Finally, I would like to once again express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors and wish you good luck in your future endeavours.”
Pediatrician, Director of the Health Center of Karlovasi
“…There is no worse feeling than having an injured or seriously ill child in front of you and not having the means to help it. You feel powerless. You feel the time pushing you. And you can’t really help.”
”It is with great privilege we welcome your generous donation that made the opening of a highly equipped Emergency Room at the Pediatrics Clinic of Karpenisi General Hospital possible. Our renovated facilities and new medical equipment directly improve the quality of medical diagnostics and thus medical assistance of the young patients and visitors of the remote region of Evrytania. It would be impossible for this project to be accomplished without your help in such difficult times for our country. We are grateful for the precious and timely support from the President and enthusiastic cooperation with the coordinators of the Pediatric Trauma Care Organization. It was, personally as well, a great pleasure working with you all the way through.”
Director of the Pediatric Department at Karpenisi General Hospital
”On Friday 14/10, students from the 3rd grade of Xatzivei School had the opportunity to attend an excellent presentation on the prevention of accidents at school and at home. The children puzzled over the dangers they face in various surroundings and thought up ways through which they could protect themselves. Finally, we devoted a significant amount of time in order to discuss the forms of verbal and physical violence a child might be subjected to.The presentation was very well structured and it caught the children’s attention from the start.”
”Castellorizo is one of the most inaccessible islands of Greece, which means that the response time of the System takes far too long when it comes to the transportation of a patient to a health care facility of a higher level. This makes providing the Clinic of the island with all the necessary equipment, for it to be able to provide decent health care for a patient while they are hospitalized, a matter of vital importance. With the help of the non-profit organization “Pediatric Trauma Care” we have acquired advanced medical equipment that gives our Clinic a different “perspective”, and gives us the opportunity to provide the best possible health care to the residents of this island, as well as giving them a sense of security. We hope to have you by our side in the difficult times that lie ahead. Thank you very much!”
Ioannis Rantos & Bassar Moussa
Doctors, Hospital of Kastellorizo
”We consider ourselves very lucky to have worked with the non-profit organization “Pediatric Trauma Care”. Through their kind generosity, every year, in response to our invitation, they come and talk to parents and children about the prevention of accidents at home and at school, ( and always offer them a t-shirt as a memento ). They approach the children in a theatrical way, and the children participate with questions-answers and through sketches, when necessary. As we have been collaborating for several consecutive years now, we have observed that after each educational seminar there has been a significant decrease in accidents taking place at the school, and especially in the courtyard, as all those involved in the school system focus on the prevention of accidents, and on the ways through which that may be achieved, for the safety of our children. We would like to congratulate you and thank you for truly standing by our side and supporting our work. We are most grateful, and look forward to a long collaboration with you in the future !Our most sincere thanks!”
”I would like to express my enormous admiration and gratitude towards the non-profit organization “Pedtrauma”, its President Mrs Vrecossis, the Board of Directors and the Management Team for their excellent cooperation in the creation of the Trauma Center in the General Hospital of Rhodes. A year after the new Trauma Center was put into operation we have realized the tremendous contribution of this unit, which would not have been possible without Pedtrauma and its Benefactors.On behalf of the Medical and Nursing Staff, as well as the children and adults who have been treated with the most up to date equipment thanks to your efforts and generosity, once again I express our thanks and gratitude and would like to say that it was a great pleasure working with you. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope that your great work receives the recognition it deserves.”
Dr. George Triantos
MD, PhD, Surgeon Director Coordinator Director of Emergency Department, General Hospital Rhodes
”Pediatric Surgery’s Emergency Room renovation and reform at “Ippokration” General Hospital of Thessaloniki is not a dream any more. It is a reality thanks to the sensitivity shown by the non-profit, non-governmental organization Pedtrauma. The president Mrs. Natasha Clive-Vrecossis and her associates were the only boosters for the whole effort and the final implementation of our modern ER facilities, the proper for the busiest Paediatric Surgery Department all over Greece. High level services both for the kid as well as for his/her escorts, improved the standards of admission in velocity and quality, resulting in better diagnosis and management. We consider that public health value is fundamental and private initiatives can positively assist this goal. Our aims come side by side with your love and concern for children, creating the perfect working environment.
Thanking friends like you would be the minimum for your selfless giving, concerning personal contribution and sponsor’s help acquired by you. We wish you all the best, always in good health and mood, pillars of love and tenderness towards the kid, fellows to the common cause of children’s life improvement.”
Dr. George Papouis
Director- Pediatric Surgeon
Ιppokratio General Hospital of Thessaloniki
”The Chairwoman Mrs Natasha Vrecossis and the Board of Pediatric Trauma Care readily responded to the request of the Department of Neonatology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for financial aid regarding the acquisition of SMART, a teaching aid to be used by trainees in order to improve their skill regarding the respiratory support of neonates during resuscitation.
In an era of severe financial constraints, the vision, readiness and efficiency shown by the above mentioned body will greatly facilitate our teaching on resuscitation.We take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for your support and to congratulate you on your work.”
Dr Nicoletta Iacovidou MD, PhD,
Associate Professor in Paediatrics-Pediatrics
”The sensitivity you have showed responding immediately to our request is truly remarkable.You have been along our side with genuine concern and enviable patience.
Your contribution in making our every day easier is priceless and the presence of your offer is noticeable in every step we take.Words are small and “thank you’s” are little.
Godspeed to your work.With sincere gratitude.”
Emergency Department “Achillopouleio” Hospital Volos
”President Natasha Vrecossis and the members of the NGO PedTrauma are wholeheartedly committed to protecting the health of the critically ill child. All of them work selflessly, methodically and with total dedication, trying to strengthen the infrastructure of the country’s collapsing National Health System. Pediatric Trauma recently equipped the Department of Pediatrics of the University General Hospital of Evros in Alexandroupolis, Thrace with three high quality cardiorespiratory monitors and two pulse oximeters, and kindly donated a transdermal bilirubinometer, and a vein mapping device to facilitate intravenous access of children needing blood sampling and / or parenteral administration of fluids and drugs. The offer of the NGO PedTrauma is commendable, because in the difficult times we live, it is the only non-governmental organization that selflessly and readily responded to the demands of the Department of Pediatrics of the University General Hospital of Evros, the only tertiary Department of Pediatrics in the region of Thrace, to improve and modernize its equipment. They deserve our respect for their donations and continued support.”
Elpis Mantadakis, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Democritus University of Thrace
“What impresses me most about the Charity “Pedtrauma” is not only their fundraising abilities and the strict conditions and careful control, which accompanies the management of the funds which their sponsors have entrusted them with. It is not only the devotion and absolute dedication of the President and Members of the Board of Directors in protecting the tender offspring of our society. It is – for me – the fact that they have managed to build a strong team to tackle Pediatric Trauma Care and Emergency : Sponsors – the Charity “Pedtrauma” – Medical and Nursing Staff . This team gains strength and enthusiasm from each other and together experiences the joy of giving. “Pedtrauma”, tries ( and succeeds admirably ) in extending large circles, and a safety net around Pediatric Trauma units and Hospitals. In one of these circles stands the Emergency Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion Crete, whose Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation Area has been fully equipped with all the necessary machinery by “Pedtrauma”. I would like to express my gratitude to the tireless President and members of the Charity “Pedtrauma” because their work reminds us daily that we are not alone in our difficult undertaking.”
Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine University of Crete,
Director of the Emergency Department of the University Hospital of Iraklion
President of the Hellenic Society of Emergency Medicine
”Your presence in our Hospital can be felt everywhere ! The Trauma Center, your largest work to date, has upgraded the care we can offer a seriously injured child, and the possibilities of saving it’s life, whereas all the other equipment you have offered us has increased our capabilities to provide improved health services throughout the Hospital.On behalf of the Doctors and the nursing staff I would like to express our gratitude for your invaluable help and support in our difficult task.It is our sincere hope that our cooperation will continue in the future.”
Mrs Aristea Patsoura, MD (PICU Consultant in “Aglaia Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital)
“The primary cause of children’s deaths is pediatric trauma, in other words accidents ! Besides this dramatic fact, there is another equally great tragedy that we tend to forget : the fact that a large number of children’s accidents end in permanent disability. Unsettling! Ofcourse !! But who cares about it? Is the state mobilized in organizing the prevention and management of pediatric trauma? Where Is everyone ?? Everyone mobilizes and makes a fuss over other more ” catchy ” needs. No one denies the fact that those are also tragedies that need to be dealt with, but these tragedies concern a much smaller number of the childhood population. Someone should care about the larger number … infact someone should care about ALL the children. This vacuum is luckily filled by the Charity ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’. The very significant actions of this Organization deals with both ends of the spectrum of pediatric trauma, where there is proven to be a huge deficit. First of all ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ offer Children’s Hospitals much needed medical equipment and secondly they finance seminars held for doctors, surgeons and nurses on how to offer first aid to a seriously injured child. The efforts made by this Charity need to be supported in every way possible .”
Mr Georgios Spyridis M.D.
President of the Board of Directors of ”Advanced Pediatric Life Support Hellas”
‘’We appreciate and value the donations made by the Charity ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ on a daily basis, which is every time a child with respiratory diseases is helped by the equipment which has been donated to our Hospital by this Organization. ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ has contributed significantly to the health of our children.’’
Assistant Professor Athanasios Kaditis,
(Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology in the 1st Pediatric Clinic of Athens University Hospital “Aghia Sophia”)
‘’The commendable Non-Profit Organization ‘’Pediatric Trauma Care’’ whose continuous contribution to the community has greatly helped our country in reducing the number and severity of children’s accidents, and helped to improve care once an accident has occurred. The donations of the Organization have brought significant improvements to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital “PAGNI” in Irakleion, Crete.’’
Dr. George Briassoulis,
Associate Professor School of Health Sciences, University of Crete (Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the ‘’PAGNI’’ University General Hospital of Irakleion)