Community Tours Hospitals New Operating Suites

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DELAND, Fla., April 4, 2017, On March 30, nearly 100 community members joined Florida Hospital DeLand for a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital's surgical area.

The 164-bed hospital recently completed a $4 million construction project to renovate all six of the operating rooms, enlarging the suites and adding advanced new technology.

Attendees toured through this new area and spoke with several of Florida Hospital DeLand's top physicians about the latest surgical procedures and technology.

The tour included the pre-operative unit, two operating suites and the endoscopy room, which is a nonsurgical suite used primarily to examine a patients digestive tract.

In the operating suites, pulmonologist Dr. Christopher DiBello and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Hollmann displayed several of the instruments and discussed the various equipment they typically use during their procedures.

DiBello showcased the bronchial navigation and bronchial thermoplasty technologies. Florida Hospital DeLand's bronchial navigation system helps physicians detect lung cancer earlier and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures. The hospital's bronchial thermoplasty technology treats severe, persistent asthma, a condition that affects almost 25 million Americans.

With a mannequin displayed in the operating suite, set up for a knee operation, Hollmann showed guests the specialized equipment and tools used during knee replacements.

Down the hall in the endoscopy room, gastroenterologist Dr. Martin Prado discussed the detection and treatment of tumors in the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, and pancreas. He also showed guests how polyps can be removed before they become cancerous.

About Florida Hospital DeLand

Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 164-beds, Florida Hospital DeLand is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 923 beds and more than 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community's overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

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