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For release: April 30, 2014

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Akron General to Launch Use of New, Hi-Tech “Hybrid” Operating Room
“Hybrid” Operating Room Offers Greater Patient Safety, Exquisite Imaging

Indicative of its area leadership in clinical innovation, Akron General Health System will be the first healthcare provider in Summit County to offer patients clinical procedure options in its new “hybrid” operating room (OR).  This new type of operating room will offer patients access to the latest cardiovascular surgical and minimally-invasive interventional procedures.

Patients will benefit from the OR’s flexibility, as it accommodates both surgical and endovascular procedures, which can sometimes be performed at the same time, thus reducing patient OR time. The hybrid OR’s advanced imaging capabilities also allow for real-time images to be integrated with pre-surgical CT scans while at the operating table. Additionally, as a fully functional OR, surgeons are able to immediately adapt from an endovascular to an open procedure, should the need arise.

“A hybrid operating room combines the sophisticated imaging systems of a catheter-based interventional lab with the sterility standards and specialized equipment of a traditional operating room,” said Dennis J. Wright, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, Akron General Health System. “This unique technology combination creates a highly efficient, optimal environment for the patient. We are pleased to be the first health system in the area to offer this important innovation.”

As Americans get older and chronic illness, such as heart disease and diabetes, rises among this population, the need for services provided in the hybrid OR will increase.  The range of procedures able to be performed in the hybrid OR include stent-graft placement to repair aneurysms in the chest and abdomen and treatment for blocked arteries, especially in the legs.  Plans are in place to eventually offer patients the latest, innovative heart procedures, such as catheter-based heart valve repair and implantation.

According to a recent healthcare trade publication, national healthcare trends indicate that 75 percent of cardiovascular surgeons are expecting to be working in a hybrid OR by 2018.  Akron General’s commitment to clinical innovation and patient safety is central to its approximately two million dollar investment in its new hybrid OR.  The new Akron General hybrid OR is expected to be fully operational by May 5, 2014.

For more information on Akron General’s Heart & Vascular Center, visit

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