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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Secretary to Open New, State-of-the-Art Hybrid Surgical Suite

January 18, 2007


Friday, January 19, 2007, 1:30 p.m.


5th Floor, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030


On Friday, January 19, 2007 at 1:30 p.m., Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James “Jim” Nicholson will cut the ribbon opening a new, state-of-the-art hybrid surgical suite at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.


This new hybrid operating room combines endovascular surgery, cardiac catheterization, and cardiac surgical capabilities, allowing maximum flexibility and speed in the treatment of patients with the most complex cardiac and vascular conditions.  Combining advanced endovascular and laparoscopic procedures, this surgical suite becomes a one-stop-shop to meet the surgical needs of patients.

With VA’s revolutionary e-technology, surgical team members are able to immediately access, retrieve critical health data and images such as X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs, and update a patient’s electronic medical record as a procedure progresses.

Greatly improving the quality of care to patients, the benefits of this new hybrid surgical suite include reduced risk of infection, less blood loss, less post-operative pain and trauma, decreased length of stay in hospital, and shorter recovery time.

Secretary Nicholson is the keynote speaker at the Accelerating e-Health in Texas symposium at the InterContinental Houston Hotel at 5 p.m. His remarks will focus on the various e-Health related initiatives taking place at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and how the VA’s electronic health records system has improved the quality of care to its patients and has been cited as a major innovation in health care. 


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