Florida Update

Innovative Operating Room is One of Only Two in the Nation

Dec. 2010 — With more than 200,000 new diagnoses each year, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Advanced treatments such as minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery allow surgeons to operate from a console using robotic equipment that imitates surgical movements. Today, robotic prostatectomy accounts for up to 90 percent of prostate cancer surgeries.

Building on this innovative technique, Cleveland Clinic Florida physician Alok Shrivastava, MD, created one of the most sophisticated training grounds for surgeons who treat prostate cancer. His design combines 3-D robotic surgery with magnified video projection, enabling the entire surgical team to view the operation with the same precision as the surgeon at the console.

Dr. Shrivastava, head of urologic oncology at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, unveiled the reality robotics surgical room – one of only two in the nation – at its grand opening in November. “The immersive experience is an excellent venue for surgeons to learn and master these techniques,” he said.

Cleveland Clinic Florida offers training programs in robotic urology, uro-oncology and urogynecology.

Wellness Center Expansion

Native Clevelander Carl Hirsch’s family foundation made a $1 million gift this year to the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health and Wellness Center in West Palm Beach. The gift was used to create additional space and add staff to the center.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot expansion features a four-bay infusion suite, expanded laboratory, testing and procedure rooms, 14 new exam rooms, and additional internists and specialists in gastroenterology, pulmonary and sports medicine. The center’s main lobby was named the Carl E. Hirsch Family Lounge in recognition of his generous support.

Other Florida News

  • Cleveland Clinic Florida has been named one of the nation's top hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters for the fourth consecutive year. Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of just six Florida facilities to make the list and the only Florida-based teaching hospital with a cardiovascular residency program to be included.
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida has been named a top hospital by Leapfrog Group, a Washington DC based non-profit organization that works for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Cleveland Clinic Florida was one of 65 hospitals selected from a field of nearly 1,200 hospitals nationwide.

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