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William G. Hellis was among the first to contribute to the organizing of the Greek-Americans for the Pan Arcadian Hospital.

He was chairman of the Tripoli Fundraising Committee and managed the construction of the Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli, showing his unwavering interest in his homeland.

The Pan-Arcadian Triple Hospital was erected by the Pan Arcadian Federation of America, a Greek non-governmental organization active during the war and immediately afterwards for help in Greece, of which William G. Helis was president. William G. Helis, was born on October  17, 1886 in Tropaia, Arcadia. He immigrated to the USA in 1904.

A multimillionaire and one of the main supporters of the then American President, Harry S. Truman.

The hospital was built with "American standards", since all its materials and equipment had been transported from America as a donation of the Arcadians of America, who provided all the financial consideration and offered everything needed for its construction.

With the fundraising of the Expatriate Arcadians of America, the Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli was built with 269 beds for the modern care of the Arcadian People.

The cost for the hospital erection was covered by a Pan American fundraiser, mainly among the Expatriate Arcadians of American, as well as by individual Greek-American donations and US support through the Marshall Plan.

The hospital was rented to the Ministry of Health for a small amount of money.

Also, beds were granted for "use" for the facilities of the 411 Military Hospital.

In 1952, the Pan Arcadian Federation of America handed it over to the Greek State in exchange for a symbolic amount of rent.

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History is written with names.

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The Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli during its erection

 

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The Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli
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1951: Inauguration of the Pan-Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli. Dr. James Kallins, MD, then a student of the Medical School of the University of Athens and President of the Student Association of Arcadians, spoke at the opening ceremony, surrounded by Arcadians of the United States and Greece. In 1957 he immigrated permanently to the United States.

 

The History of the Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripolis by the Pan Arcadia Federation of America with words and pictures.

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And when the erection of the Hospital in Tripoli is finished, the mouths of the ailing will mention with gratitude and affection the names of the pioneers and the contributors in general to this beautiful and humanitarian idea.
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Today the Pan Arcadian Federation is the most powerful local organization of Greeks Abroad. It first set the example to other unions of organizing to federations. And it first and alone made the decision to establish in Tripoli the, already being erected, Hospital, whose cost will exceed 2.400.000 $. Therefore Arcadians have the right to be proud about the until now brilliant action of their Organization, and in the future, look forward to its continuation with optimism.
                                                           Konstantinos Nikolopoulos
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The Pan Arcadian Hospital of Tripoli is already on the way of completion and soon this meritorious and beneficent Hospital of the Arcadians of America will be completed. We will send you the details soon.
We are obliged to intensify our efforts and collect the rest of the money needed for the fruition of this project, and for this cause, all Arcadians are obliged to try their best to support the Fundraiser.
And with great joy, we see that the future is shining bright and full of hope for the continuation and accomplishment of this great work. Lets all together with love and solidarity shout with one voice: GO ARCADIANS OF AMERICA.
                                                                        Elias Christopoulos
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