The room blends the capabilities of a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory where minimally invasive heart procedures are performed with a traditional surgical suite where open heart surgeries are performed. The suite, which is large enough for a dozen clinicians to work seamlessly, also features robotic three-dimensional imaging.
The operating room will be used for procedures in which both surgical and minimally invasive techniques are used for repair of mitral and aortic valves and aortic and thoracic aortic aneurysms and coronary revascularization procedures.
The new hybrid suite is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2014. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons awarded a three-star (highest) rating to the Metropolitan Heart & VascularInstitute cardiovascular surgery program at Mercy Hospital, ranking it in the top 12 percent in the country.