Saint Thomas Hospital Announces Opening of Two Hybrid Operating Rooms for Cardiac and Vascular Procedures

Saint Thomas Hospital is First in Tennessee with Two Hybrid OR Suites

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Saint Thomas Hospital, a member of Saint Thomas Health, announced today it will be the first hospital in the state to open two state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms (OR). Both OR rooms include the latest medical imaging technology available. The first OR room will open for procedures on Monday, Feb. 13, with the second room coming online this summer.

Saint Thomas Hospital has made a significant several million dollar investment in the hybrid operating rooms, which will be used exclusively for cardiac and vascular procedures. They are the only operating rooms of their caliber in the region. Saint Thomas Hospital joins Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic as the only hospitals in the eastern United States to have two of these suites within its OR.

“As a highly recognized leader in cardiac care, it was a logical advancement to obtain the most sophisticated and current technology in health care to match the talents and skills of our physicians,” said Dawn Rudolph, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital.

The hybrid OR functions as a traditional operating room, but has advanced imaging also in the room, aiding physicians of varying specialties to work together to diagnosis and treat a patient. This system results in safer, more positive outcomes for the patient and a quicker recovery time.

Five Saint Thomas Hospital cardiac and vascular physicians were instrumental in the design and installation of the space, which was designed specifically to fit the functionality needs of the physicians. The room includes Siemens Artis zeego system featuring a multi-axis robotic arm, which can be positioned with greater ease and precision than a conventional C-arm system.

Vascular surgeons Drs. Jim Faulk and William Edwards, Jr., cardiac surgeon Dr. Mark Tedder, and cardiologists Drs. Mark Stankewicz and George Scoville, Jr. worked with Saint Thomas Hospital leadership to custom build these operating rooms in a way that will provide patients the highest quality of safety and care.

“There are plenty of high-tech operating rooms out there,” said Diana Fitzpatrick, executive director of surgical services at Saint Thomas Hospital. “What we now have at Saint Thomas Hospital is a game-changer. The spaciousness and functionality coupled with the technology in the room will no doubt improve the flow of operations and results as well.”

Not only will common heart surgeries, such as insertions of stents, be performed more effectively in the hybrid room, but the technology will better allow doctors to deal with complications that can arise out of complex heart surgeries such as endovascular aneurysm repairs. In addition, Saint Thomas Hospital will expand its surgical capability with new procedures such as trans catheter aortic valve implantation and complex heart structural interventions.

Saint Thomas Hospital showcased the new technology with an open house for physicians and staff on Feb. 10.

Saint Thomas Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, the market share leader in Middle Tennessee and a faith-based health ministry with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health’s regional health system consists of five hospitals – Baptist and Saint Thomas Hospitals and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services and ambulatory surgery as well as medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.

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