Guidant European Cardiovascular Institute for the training of emerging cardiovascular procedures inaugurated

Diegem 08 November 2000Guidant Corporation, a major worldwide provider of cardiac and vascular products, has opened a state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Institute in its European Head Offices in Brussels, Belgium. Leading physicians from all over Europe were welcomed to attend a symposium which marked the official opening of a facility that will train specialised practitioners in emerging and new therapies for the treatment of vascular and coronary diseases.

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"This is an exceptional facility, as excellent as, or perhaps better than, any other in the world", stated Ronald Dollens, President and CEO of Guidant Corporation. "The Cardiovascular Institute will certainly strengthen our presence in Europe and provide the training needed for the more rapid adoption of the life-saving innovations that Guidant has developed."

The Guidant European Cardiovascular Institute (GECI) is equipped with the latest technology for training in medical procedures. The auditorium is fully equipped for live transmissions of clinical cases. The physicians attending the opening of the institute witnessed two procedures from remote locations. One constituted a transmission from a leading heart clinic in Aalst, Belgium, demonstrating the first use of a whole new stent, specially designed for small coronary vessels. The second transmission from the University Hospital in Magdeburg, Germany, demonstrated the implantation of a device for treating heart failure patients.

"We have attracted world class experts to serve as faculty staff for the Institute, and we believe that practitioners and their patients all over Europe will benefit from this outstanding facility", commented Guido Neels, President of Guidant Europe. "As we at Guidant continue to innovate pioneering techniques and therapies, we are dedicated to provide training and education to physicians so that the benefits reach the patients. The institute represents another example of our commitment and leadership in the medical technology arena."

Three rooms at the institute will be devoted to practical training on virtual models and simulators, and are equipped with sophisticated high definition projectors. The auditorium is fully automated, with auto-tracking cameras and sophisticated light and sound controls. In these settings, the institute will organise courses and host workshops on cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular surgery and vascular intervention for specialists and sub-specialists in all existing branches of cardiology, as well as for neurologists, oncologists and nurses.

A global leader in the medical technology industry, Guidant Corporation provides innovative, minimally invasive and cost-effective products and services for the treatment of cardiovascular and vascular disease. More information about the Guidant Europe Cardiovascular Institute and its equipment is available in the VMW March 2000 article Guidant to order Interventional Cardiology Training Simulator from Virtual Presence.


Leslie Versweyveld

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