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Rapides Regional opens Hybrid Operating Suite

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 3:07 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 at 4:18 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Rapides Regional Medical Center made a big announcement Thursday, Feb. 4. The hospital unveiled a $2.8 million hybrid operating room during a ribbon-cutting.

The hybrid room offers technology to treat cardiovascular disease, as well as other conditions such as electrophysiology and vascular disease.

For some complex procedures in the past, patients would have to be referred to other hospitals. That’s because patients would need the specialization of two different physicians of two different specialties working together in one room.

Now, with the new technology in place, patients won’t have to go from one hospital room to another for separate procedures. This will help cardiologists and surgeons at Rapides, as well as cut down on patient recovery time.

“You don’t have to go from the OR to a cardiology suite. We can do it at one time in the same setting, hopefully, to allow the patient to recover faster.”

Chance Dewitt, Cardiovascular Surgeon, M.D.

“We have better tools, including better cameras, better equipment and being able to maneuver around the room so the surgeons and I can work together at the same time.”

Kanna Posina, Interventional Cardiologist, M.D.

The new hybrid operating room will allow surgeons to do new and more complex procedures.

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