The Hellenic News of America honored Konstadinos Plestis, MD, system chief, Lankenau Heart Institute, part of Main Line Health, at its 29th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the historic Concordville Inn. The event recognized the newspaper’s commitment to the Greek Diaspora in America and kicked off a larger celebration planned in 2017, when the Hellenic News of America celebrates 30 years of publishing.
A native of Greece, Dr. Plestis maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with complex aortic disease, including aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, and complex valvular and coronary disease. He previously served as Director of Aortic Surgery and the Aortic Wellness Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He has more than 20 years of cardiovascular surgical experience, specifically in aortic surgery. He has served as a guest of honor at numerous Hellenic News programs since he came to Philadelphia in 2014.
“Dr. Plestis is both a leader in the field of cardiovascular surgery and a prominent figure in the Greek community,” said Paul Kotrotsios, founder and publisher, Hellenic News of America. “It is an honor to have such an innovator practicing in our region and we are pleased to be able to honor him during this special evening for Hellenic News.”
Along with Dr. Plestis, other honorees include Dr. George Patoulis, president of the Medical Association of Athens and Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, and Mayor, municipality of Amaroussion; Dr. Stefanos Foussas, president of The Hellenic Cardiological Society; Elias Tomazos, Director of the PAIDEIA Hellenic Organization UCONN; Eleni Poulos, a community travel agent; and Dr. Peter Patukas, community leader.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
About Lankenau Heart Institute
The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health’s premier, comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. The Lankenau Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience that is unprecedented in the region. Through the system-wide coordination of services, the Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.
Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be a pioneer in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery revascularization, minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair and replacement, and complex aortic surgeries. With our growing experience and focus on minimally invasive techniques, Lankenau Heart Institute has expanded participation in clinical trials year over year. Our physicians are frequently invited to participate in clinical/medical device trials, many of these designed to facilitate minimally invasive procedures/approaches.
With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and specially trained nurses and technologists, the Lankenau Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with heart failure, aortic disease, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac care, close to home.