COMMITTEES

At the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, we have instituted the following non paid Committees:

a. Steering Committee
b. Scientific Committee
c. Biomedical Ethics Committee
d. Quality Control and Evaluation Committee
e. Infection Control Committee
f. Blood Transfusion Medical Committee
g. Internal Audit Committee
h. Medical and Nursing Staff Evaluation and Promotion Committees

These Committees, except for the Ethics Committee, have purely advisory capacity to the Board. More specifically,

a. The Steering Committee consists of the Director General, as Chairman, the Director of the Medical Service, the Director of Nursing Services, the Director of the Administrative – Financial – IT Agency, the Director of the Technical Service and two (2) staff representatives, one from the Association of Non-Medical Staff and one from the Scientific Association of Medical Staff. The Commission’s task is the coordination of the Centre Services and the submission of relevant proposals to the Board.

b. The Scientific Committee consists of two (2) Division Heads, one (1) Departmental Head and two (2) Consultants. One of the two Division Heads is elected President. The Committee’s task is the monitoring of the scientific and educational work being performed at the Centre, the submission of relative proposals, the organization of scientific conferences at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, in fulfillment of the donor’s will that OCSC will maintain the highest scientific level.

The Scientific Committee may issue an opinion on scientific issues, which will be introduced to it by the Chairman of the Board, the Director General or the Medical Service Director.

As integral parts of the Scientific Committee, three standing operational Working Groups have been constituted dealing with:
• Mortality – Complications Issues,
• Emergency Cases,
• Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacovigilance.

c. The Ethics Committee consists of three (3) doctors with different specialties, the Legal Councilor, Counsel, the Director of Nursing Service, the Chairman of the Quality Control Committee and one (1) patient representative selected by the Hospital Board. The committee is chaired by one of the physician members.

The Committee’s work is:

  • The review and approval of proposed clinical research protocols in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
  • Monitoring and control of ongoing clinical research protocols to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.
  • Submission of proposals to the Board.

d. The Quality Control Committee consists of nine (9) members and is chaired by the Director of Medical Services. Its task is to ensure quality in all OCSC policies and procedures.

e. The Infection Control Committee consists of the senior Director of the ICU Department as President, the Director of the Central Laboratory, the Director of Nursing Services, the Director of the Administrative – Financial – IT Agency, the Director of Technical Services, the Infection Control Head, an Infectious Disease Specialist, the Head of Pharmacy and the Occupational Health Doctor. The Committee’s task is to design and propose measures for the prevention and control of hospital infections.

f. The Blood Transfusion Medical Committee is comprised of the Director of the Clinical Hematology/ Blood Transfusion Head as Chairman, the Director of Nursing Services, one (1) Anesthesiologist, one (1) Cardiac Surgeon, one (1) Cardiologist and the Head of the Pharmacy Department.

The Commission’s task is the rational use of blood and blood products from OCSC’s clinical departments and the reduction and control of adverse events during blood transfusion, including infections that may be transfused through blood.

g. The Internal Audit Committee consists of two (2) members of the Board and an internal auditor as defined by Article 25 of Law. 4025/2011, and is responsible for:

  • Auditing the implementation of hospital procedures, as defined by the Internal Policies and Procedures of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, the ISO certified processes and the decisions of the Board.
  • The preparation and submission to the Chairman of the Board of regular and/or specially contingent audit reports and of recommendations on the systems and procedures being reviewed.

h. Medical and Nursing Staff Evaluation and Promotion Committees

  • The Medical Service Evaluation and Promotion Committee consists of the Director of Medical Service as President, the President of the Scientific Committee, the four (4) Divisional Managers and the Department Head that proposes the promotion.
    The Committee’s task is to evaluate the proposed promotion for OCSC medical staff members, according to the assessment criteria that apply to the Centre.
  • The Nursing Service Evaluation and Promotion Committee consists of the Director of Nursing Services as President, one of the Assistant Directors of Nursing Services, depending on the hospital sector to which the nurse under review works in, and three (3) Departmental Heads.

The Committee’s task is to evaluate the proposed promotion for OCSC nursing staff members, according to the assessment criteria that apply to the Centre.