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Situated on the east side of Detroit, Michigan, between the cusp of the city limits and the suburb of Gross Pointe, St. John Hospital & Medical Center serves a steady stream of patients from all walks of life. Long known for its cardiac expertise, the center performs about 2,000 percutaneous coronary and peripheral interventions and 400 open heart surgeries, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Now this 772-bed tertiary care facility is taking its next step toward cardiac excellence: a full structural heart program. A new hybrid OR is the vital catalyst to further this goal. Creating the Right Environment “We feel it is very important to stay at the cutting edge of technology,” said Thomas LaLonde, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Services. “If you really want to create a structural heart program, we felt very strongly that having sophisticated imaging in a hybrid lab in conjunction with the sterile environment of an operating room would be paramount to that success.” Sanjay Batra, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, concurs. “We felt it was very important to invest in our structural heart program – from both a physician standpoint and a system standpoint. Therefore, our first step was to build a state-of-the-art facility that enables us to perform hybrid procedures with the precision that is required.” With their vision to build a new hybrid suite firmly rooted, decision-makers at St. John Hospital proceeded to select a location for their room. Since space was conveniently available in the operating room, they selected the OR over the cath lab. This spared them the time and expense to recreate a sterile environment. Surgery Hybrid OR St. John Hospital & Medical Center creates a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room (OR) to advance a full structural heart program that will enable new levels of patient care. Thomas LaLonde, MD Chief of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Services, St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI “Everybody is very excited about doing cases in the hybrid room because it is beautiful – with amazing technology – and we’ve had nothing but excellent support from Siemens and excellent outcomes in every case we’ve done in there so far.” 72  AXIOM Innovations | December 2013 | www.siemens.com/angiography


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