The $3.5-Million OR Provides Faster, More-Efficient Cardiac Treatments

EL PASO, Texas — Del Sol Medical Center announced today the opening of its first Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Room (OR). This $3.5-million, state-of-the-art facility provides patients faster, more efficient cardiac treatment with the lowest dosage of radiation possible. Del Sol Medical Center’s 979-square-foot Hybrid OR is the largest in El Paso and the first to include a FlexMove—a ceiling-mounted option for the Philips Allura X-ray system—as well as an AlluraClarity FD20 X-ray system, which provides a low dose of radiation.

A Hybrid OR is the integration of a surgical OR with an advanced X-ray imaging system. This enables cardiovascular surgeons, as well as interventionalists, to perform the most advanced minimally invasive procedures.

“This Hybrid OR is an example of our commitment to invest in the El Paso community and raise the level of cardiac care available,” Jacob Cintron, chief executive officer for Del Sol Medical Center, said. “A high-quality X-ray imaging system such as this one can provide critical support during hybrid surgery and endovascular procedures in the same room. We are excited to bring these new technologies to El Pasoans. Investments like these help us continue to provide the most effective and innovative cardiac care possible.”

The Hybrid OR’s FlexMove system, which is designed to optimize workflow, will allow physicians and other healthcare personnel to:

  • Move the X-ray imaging system laterally and longitudinally to perform a wide range of procedures without causing interference in the provision of anesthesia or to staff.
  • Position the X-ray system in lateral stand-by position for optimal access to the patient and move the system quickly in place when needed, or park it out of the way when not needed to create more room for other procedures.
  • Simplify room layout and facilities cleaning since the FlexMove system does not touch the floor.

In addition, the AlluraClarity X-ray system provides physicians high quality imaging for a comprehensive range of clinical procedures. Physicians will capture and view detailed 3D images of a patient’s cardiac vasculature, facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. These two technologies will help achieve excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for all patients.

“Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and older,” Manuel Feliberti, M.D. and chief medical officer at Del Sol Medical Center, said. “Introducing advancements in the medical technology used to diagnose and treat this condition is more critical than ever before. With the Hybrid OR, physicians at Del Sol Medical Center will be able to provide faster and more efficient cardiac care in situations where time is of the essence.”

These technologies can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of patient conditions and can be used for procedures such as diagnostic catheterizations, stenting and balloon angioplasty.

For more information about the new Hybrid OR and cardiac procedures available, please visit the Del Sol Medical Center page.