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Sanford Advances Hybrid Operating Room Technology

Sanford will upgrade its current hybrid operating room, located in the Sanford Surgical Tower, with the Siemens Artis Zeego.

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center today announced advancement of its already state-of-the art surgical technology. Sanford will upgrade its current hybrid operating room, located in the Sanford Surgical Tower, with the Siemens Artis Zeego. A hybrid operating room is a surgical suite where patients can be diagnosed and treated in one visit, for less time away from their normal activities and for a speedier recovery. The hybrid operating room also uses the most advanced imaging systems available to provide quick and detailed images with substantially less X-ray exposure.

“Our first hybrid operating room opened in August 2007, and it’s been routinely used by our vascular physicians,” stated Charles P. O’Brien, MD, president, Sanford USD Medical Center. “Adding this next generation of technology will mean more opportunities for our patients to receive less invasive surgeries, especially for our heart patients. Less invasive treatments mean smaller incisions, and they continue to replace many major operations. Minimally invasive surgeries are safer for patients and allow for a much quicker recovery.”

The new hybrid operating room equipment in the Sanford Surgical Tower will allow surgeons to move equipment to any area around the patient because of its multi-axis system. This provides for even better viewing angles, which is safer for patients.

“Complex cases can be more easily treated because the suite is designed to handle both less invasive and open procedures,” added O’Brien. “In the future, these advancements will allow us to replace heart valves with smaller incisions and without opening up the chest.”

“This is the future of vascular and cardiac interventions, both catheter-based and open surgical procedures,” said John Vander Woude, MD, Sanford cardiac surgeon. “Cardiac and vascular procedures will continue to become more complicated. This includes catheter-based valve replacements. Having these advanced operating rooms in place means our team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons are immediately equipped with the latest technology which provides the best outcomes for our patients.”

The new Sanford Heart Hospital will also include up to three hybrid operating rooms when it opens in 2012. These complex suites will be the largest operating rooms built by Sanford.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
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