Mount Sinai Heart officially opened its newest multi-million dollar state-of-the-art cardiac surgical operating room, which will allow surgeons to perform the most sophisticated minimally invasive mitral valve surgery procedures. The opening was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony held on September 17.
“The capabilities of this room are extremely important to our mission. We must embrace the technology and tools that are essential to our position as one of the premier mitral valve reconstructive centers in the United States,” says David H. Adams, MD, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Program Director of the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
The new cardiac surgical operating room features the latest and most innovative imaging and surgical equipment, and will support Mount Sinai Heart and the Mitral Valve Surgery Program’s continued growth and improvement. This year, Mount Sinai Heart jumped from 41st to 18th in the category of Heart and Heart Surgery in the 2009-2010 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals,” published by U.S. News & World Report.
“This state-of-art operating room is a tangible example of our commitment to maintaining the infrastructure necessary for us to remain a leading regional and national cardiovascular center,” says Wayne Keathley, President and Chief Operating Office of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are always looking for new ways to create an environment for our patients so that they know the best care available is offered at Mount Sinai.”
The operating room is equipped with one of the new seven heart-lung machines Mount Sinai invested in earlier this year. Known as cardiopulmonary pumps, these devices temporarily take over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery. The new operating room also features several other upgrades, including multiple video monitors and in-room access to radiology and to the echocardiogram and catheterization laboratories. The room includes the new Apollo Electronic Surgical Record application, which allows real-time data capture of perfusion and surgical data, generating the most comprehensive real-time records available in cardiac surgery.
Physicians and staff working in the new operating room will also have onhand the latest in high-definition video equipment, which allows the surgical team to capture video images of selected reconstructive procedures to add to what is already one of the largest teaching libraries of mitral repair cases worldwide. When the new Mitral Education Center opens in spring of 2010, physicians and trainees will be able to view cases and real-time 3D intra-operative trans-esophageal echo images as part of planned Mitral Repair Academies at Mount Sinai Heart.