Michael Hecht, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
One highlight of the CHVI is the hybrid operating suite—a cardiac catheterization lab and cardiothoracic operating room combined. This OR is equipped with ambient lighting, high-tech equipment that reduces radiation exposure by at least 50 percent and video streaming—making it the only hybrid OR of its kind in the nation.
The design of the hybrid OR streamlines workflow and creates a more relaxing environment. It offers clear sightlines and open spaces, reducing a patient’s potential sense of isolation. This modern surgical environment also will serve as a remote classroom, producing streaming video that will allow physicians and medical students anywhere in the world to observe and learn new techniques and procedures.