Minneapolis VA Health Care System Gets New Patient Focused Operating Rooms

January 03, 2017 06:27 PM

The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is one of the first in the VA system to introduce a new space-saving operating room with the main goal of making the experience better for patients. 

The ten month, $5 million project has resulted in what are called Hybrid Operating Rooms. That means these rooms can do a variety of things for the patient, from minimally-invasive surgery or catheterization procedures all the way to very complex interventions that require imaging scanners. 


"We've built these rooms to be patient centered and family focused. We can do things through interventional means using the leg vessels to replace aortic valves replace aneurysms in your aorta so we get the patients home sooner quicker and out of the hospital," Julie Wagner, the nurse manager of the Minneapolis VA Hybrid Operating Rooms, said. 

Additionally, the hybrid rooms help patients because they won't have to be transferred room to room. Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota currently have hybrid operating rooms, but this is among the first in the VA system. 


Lindsey Brown

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