Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center
Project Panacea: Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center response to Covid-19 pandemic
In Greek mythology, Panacea was a goddess of universal remedy. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (OCSC) developed and implemented project Panacea. The project is based upon the principles of health safety, personal responsibility and social solidarity, which together form the only proper response to the current crisis. Project Panacea allowed OCSC to retain an even increased clinical volume of operations, even while other hospitals in Greece had cancelled or postponed elective cardiac operations.
Within the framework of Project Panacea, OCSC’s hospital management implemented a considerable number of measures, including the systematic training of healthcare staff, the implementation of universal safety measures and social distancing, in-house epidemiologic surveillance, the mandatory use of masks, and the adaptation of clinical protocols and pathways to improve infection control. All these measures were aimed at striking a balance between safety and trust.
Project Panacea enabled OCSC to safely perform two heart and one lung transplantation during the pandemic. It also increased the hospital’s overall productivity, and there was no negative impact on clinical outcomes despite the elevated severity of patients referred to the hospital.
Additionally, as part of the overall Onassis Foundation ecosystem, we responded to the state’s request and donated 10 million masks in the first days of the epidemic when supply lines were closed and national stock was nearly exhausted.