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Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

When it comes to your heart, trust the skill and technology of Sanford Heart. We are the only health care system in the region to remove blockages with the precision of robotic technology. Because when it comes to your heart, you need care quickly. That’s why we work to stay a few steps ahead.

Robitic-assisted catheterization system

Sanford Health will be the only health system in the region to offer robotic precision for the installation of stents and balloons. One will be located at the Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, the other at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center. We will be one of a handful of systems to have this technology in the nation.

Sanford Health received $2.4 million in funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to advance heart care for the region. The grant will support the purchase and installation of the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared robotic-assisted technology to aid interventional cardiologists in placing stents and balloons in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).

Thousands of cardiac stent procedures are performed successfully in the country each year. However a major challenge for cardiologists is positioning the stent, guidewires and the catheter at the precise location of the blockage. The CorPath 200 System by Corindus Vascular Robotics enables cardiologists to have precise movements thanks to the robot, during these critical procedures. It also improves their visualization and reduces procedure time.

The technology also reduces fatigue on the cardiologist. Traditionally the procedures are done with a cardiologist’s hands, standing over a patient wearing heavy safety gear. This is no longer the case. The cardiologist now works from a robotic “control booth” near the patient.


When Sanford receives this state-of-the-art technology, it will established a telepresence between Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, allowing cardiologists an immediate connection to their colleagues during the catheterization procedure. Having this technology available in both Sioux Falls and Aberdeen improves rural access and quality care as few patients need to travel for this kind of care. Timely access to emergency cardiac care and technology means increased chances of surviving heart disease and heart attack.

About Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in a variety of selected areas. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grant-making, it has committed over $700 million to a wide range of charitable organizations. For more information on the Trust and its programs, please visit the website,

Posted Date: December 2012