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Clarian Neuroscience Unveils Six New State-of-the-Art Neurosurgical Suites at Methodist Hospital

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INDIANAPOLIS – Clarian Neuroscience recently completed the multi-million dollar renovation and modernization of six state-of-the-art neurosurgery suites at Methodist Hospital. In addition, Clarian’s Methodist Hospital has become the first hospital in Indiana to obtain several new neurosurgical technologies.

Each of the newly modernized suites has been expanded to accommodate the most advanced surgical tools, imaging technologies and surgical navigation systems that will assist Clarian’s clinical teams in making the best decisions for patients with complex neurological disorders.

The suites have also been outfitted with remote viewing capabilities that will enable surgeons to consult on difficult cases room-to-room or with their partners in the office, as well as teach and share techniques with colleagues across the country and throughout the world.

"By renovating the neurosurgical operating suites for our nationally ranked neuroscience program, we can further position ourselves as a preeminent leader in using the latest and most innovative technologies to offer improved clinical outcomes for patients," said John Kohne, MD, chief operating officer for Methodist Hospital. "We are very excited about this development."

The renovation is part of a $27 million investment to modernize six operating rooms and add two new integrated surgical suites that will share the state's first intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) scanner. At the conclusion of the project - expected in December 2010 - all of Clarian’s adult neurosurgeries will be performed at Methodist Hospital.

"At Methodist, we have the most advanced neurosurgical suites in the state of Indiana and some of most sophisticated surgical navigation equipment available in the country," said Sherman McMurray, MD, medical director for the operating rooms at Methodist Hospital. "Each suite is fully-integrated and streamlined to allow our surgeons, and the staff who support them, to perform complex neurosurgical operations in a safe and efficient environment."

Each of the suites will offer access to the following:

Image Stream Medical's Video Integration System - Methodist Hospital is the first hospital in the Midwest and the second in the U.S. to offer live surgical streaming and webcasting technology. The system allows any connected operating room to broadcast live surgical footage to a remote audience anywhere in the world, while also enabling surgeons at remote locations to view a procedure in real-time and offer instant consultations to benefit patients.

The NICO MyriadTM - Methodist Hospital is the first adult hospital in the Midwest to obtain this fully automated, non-heat generating device which is used in minimally invasive and open surgical approaches to remove hard-to-reach brain and spinal tumors. The Myriad's speed can help to shorten surgery times while its design ensures less risk to tissue, offering the potential for improved patient outcomes.

Medtronic StealthStation® i7TM Integrated Navigation System - Methodist Hospital is the first hospital in the state to acquire this technology that enables surgeons to easily view surgical navigation information with ceiling mounted, Digital HD, wide-screen monitors that offer intraoperative imaging capabilities. The system also integrates easily with other surgical technologies, helping to streamline workflow and reduce set-up and take-down times for the surgical staff.

Zeiss OPMI® Pentero® Surgical Microscopes - These microscopes are equipped with intraoperative fluorescence imaging, high-speed auto focus, and integrated navigation to support surgeons in treating aneurysms and removing tumors.

Stryker® Visum LED Surgical Lights - These surgical lights are equipped with a multi-reflector design that provides a combination of brightness, pure white color and shadow resolution to ensure surgical teams have optimal visibility while performing delicate operations. These energy-efficient surgical lights also remain cool during long cases allowing the surgical staff to operate in a comfortable environment.

For the past several months, Clarian has been working to upgrade the surgical technology in its neuroscience operating rooms. Construction teams stripped seven operating rooms down to bare walls and structural steel and then built six larger neurosurgical suites in their place. The renovation was done in three phases, allowing four operating rooms to continue serving patients during construction. The entire modernization project is part of Clarian and Indiana University School of Medicine’s plan to invest more than $100 million dollars over the next five years into building a Neuroscience Center of Excellence near Methodist Hospital.

The neurosurgical suite modernization and expansion project is the result of the collaboration between IMRIS Inc.; Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London and Titzer Inc.; FA Wilhelm Construction Co.; architecture design firm Synthesis Incorporated; Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine; Wurster Construction Co.; and Messer Construction Co.

Construction timeline for renovation/expansion:
-Delivery of the IMRIS intraoperative MRI scanner (Sept 25, 2010)
-Completion and opening of the IMRIS suite – consisting of two integrated operating rooms linked by a diagnostic imaging room that will house Indiana’s first intraoperative MRI scanner (December 2010)

About Clarian Neuroscience - Clarian Neuroscience is a preeminent, full-service neuroscience provider and one of the largest and most experienced neuroscience programs in the nation. Clarian Neuroscience - affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, the Indiana Clinic, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, and the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute - is nationally recognized for its clinical excellence and emphasis on research and is the only neuroscience program in Indiana to be ranked among the 2010-11 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s "America’s Best Hospitals."

About Clarian Health - As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine–the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research.

For more information contact Gene Ford at 317.962.4576.

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