NEW YORK.- Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Deborah Hospital Foundation, in partnership with National Greek Television of Dimitri Kastanas, Pan-Gregorian Enterprises of New Jersey and the PGEI of America Charitable Foundation, will hold their annual “NGTV/Deborah Hospital Hearts Telethon”, on Sunday February 29, 2004, from 2 p.m. to 12 am.
Greek News spoke to the Deborah Foundation Chairman, Dr Spiro Margeotes, who said he was hopeful that the goal of raising 150,000 dollars, during this year’s telethon will be met.
“Last year and on previous years we were fortune enough to have the Pangregorian Foundation as part of our chairmanship and they have agreed to be the chairmanship of this years telethon as well. So we are looking forward to a very successful event”, Dr Margeotes said.
The money will be used for a great cause. Deborah Hospital has been here for over 80 years and all this time, it has never billed a patient. The program also supports the training of Greek nurses on Deborah campus, so they are better skilled to care for patients in Greece.
“The money we raise through our telethon is dedicated to our Children of the World Program. Through this program we have taken over 3.000 children from 83 different countries, including almost 80 from Greece and Cyprus and brought them here to Deborah for life saving open heart surgery that was not available in their home country. All the surgeries that we perform are completely free of charge to the patient. It is through our humanitarian efforts we do this”, Margeotes said.
The chairman recalled a recent case of a Greek Cypriot girl by the name of Sophia, who came to Deborah having what is commonly called “hole in her heart”. This operation could not been performed in Greece or Cyprus and she was recommended to come to Deborah.
“Through our medical team, after reviewing her case and after a series of two separate operations, Sophia has now returned to Cyprus in good health and she should live a long happy life”, he added.
Deborah Hospital is the only US health care provider that has been selected to participate in the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.
“We have made a press announcement in January, when Mayor of Ancient Olympia Yiannis Skoularikis was here and gave the official announcement. We will be participating for health care in the Ancient City of Olympia. We will also be participating with some of the athletes, spectators, trainers etc in the city of Volos during the Olympic period”.
He also expressed hope to continue the relationship with the hospital in Volos, as far as training and academics,not only for their physicians, but for their nursing and support staff as well.