WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's National Health System has acquired the latest virtual reality surgical system from Surgical Theater, a leading provider of the FDA-approved breakthrough technology for healthcare. It was made possible through a generous gift from Sidney & Phyllis Bresler, in honor of their children Alex, Jonathan and Amanda and grandson Theo Charles Bresler, and in loving memory of Joshua Stouck.
Children's National is the first pediatric health system in metropolitan Washington, D.C., to use this state-of-the art virtual reality surgical system. It seamlessly integrates patient-specific surgical planning and navigation, professional education and rehearsal experiences with incredible VR-empowered patient engagement capabilities using a Medical Virtual Reality platform.
"Virtual reality modeling is the logical step beyond 3-D printing, enabling us to further explore, analyze and find the best approach for each unique surgical procedure," said Children's National President and CEO Kurt Newman, M.D. "This generous gift from Sidney & Phyllis Bresler should translate into better outcomes for many of the more than 17,500 patients who receive surgery at our hospital each year, and will benefit generations to come. We are deeply grateful for the Breslers' commitment to pediatric innovation."
"Phyllis and I understand and appreciate the important role Children's National Medical Center plays in serving the needs of all children," said Sidney Bresler. "It is critical that the doctors and staff responsible for the well-being of these children have access to the latest technology to ensure the highest quality of care. This is our way of thanking the extraordinary staff of Children's National."
About Children's National Health System
Children's National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation's children since 1870. Children's National is one of the nation's top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children's National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.
SOURCE Children's National Health System