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Florida Hospital Orlando is opening a prototype lab as part of the Institute for Surgical Advancement (ISA) to help physicians develop medical instruments that they need.

The prototype lab at the ISA will be a space for physicians to bring their ideas for development of medical equipment they could use in the operating room. With a surgeon’s primary focus of treating patients and performing surgery, surgeons have very little time to research, develop and innovate new products and tools they feel could advance their ability to care for patients. The ISA prototype lab team provides assistance in making those medical device concepts a reality.

As an additional part of this development process, a second location of Florida Hospital’s renowned surgical training facility, the Nicholson Center, at Health Village is also opening. The Center at Health Village will provide a safe training environment for the first performance tests of the devices developed in the ISA prototype lab. If the devices and concepts are successful, the InnovatOR suite at Florida Hospital Orlando is an actual operating room where the prototype can be further tested. The ISA prototype lab and the Nicholson Center at Health Village will complement the existing collaborative environment in the InnovatOR suite where clinical staff are already developing, commercializing and training with new products and techniques to improve patient outcome and clinical efficiency.

“The opening of the new ISA prototype laboratory and the additional training space perfectly complement the highly successful Nicholson Center at Celebration Health and the recently opened InnovatOR suite at Florida Hospital Orlando,” said Dr. Steve Eubanks, director Florida Hospital Academic Surgery.  “The infrastructure provided through these facilities demonstrates an incredible commitment by Florida Hospital leadership to develop a better future for healthcare as we provide the best care possible for our patients today.”

In addition to the prototype testing, the Nicholson Center at Health Village will continue to perform its original mission, as a place for physicians to train on the latest surgical techniques.  For more than a decade, The Nicholson Center at its Florida Hospital Celebration Health location has brought together physicians, clinical industry leaders and researchers to advance technology in the latest minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques. The Nicholson Center trains more than 10,000 clinical learners from around the world each year to use the most advanced clinical techniques.

“The Nicholson Center has established itself as a leader in physician training on the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques,” said Vickie White, Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Administrator.  “The addition of this location and the prototype lab illustrates our commitment to making sure we have the facilities for the best and brightest in surgical development to come together to improve patient care and outcomes.”

The Nicholson Center at Health Village is a 2,900 square foot hands on training laboratory with 10 skills stations and two station specialty skills labs for physician learners.  Lecture facilities are available within Florida Hospital Orlando including a 160 seat auditorium and 300 seat conference center.  There are also opportunities for physicians to observe live surgical cases through a vast telecommunications network joining multiple Florida Hospital operating rooms.

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