$8.8 million to support telerobot project at Spectrum Health West

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – An $8.8 million grant was awarded to BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan by the Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust to improve access to cardiovascular care in rural areas.

Spectrum said the telerobot project will build on the expertise and experience of its interventional cardiology team to “help cardiac catheterization labs in the upper Midwest and Nevada establish robotic coronary programs.” In addition, an education and training center is to be set up.

“The introduction of robotics into the cath lab can help improve patient outcomes and expand a physician’s ability to practice medicine,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of Helmsley, in a press release. “Hospitals serving rural patients should have access to technology that creates a level playing field.”

The project builds on the work of Ryan Madder, MD, an interventional cardiologist, and Stacie VanOosterhout, MEd, a research project specialist. Spectrum said they have “successfully integrated robotic coronary interventions into their practice,” demonstrating that telerobotic, catheter-based treatments can be delivered over distances in excess of 3,000 miles.

“Barriers to timely access to catheter-based, life-saving treatments for myocardial infarction and stroke remain for many patients due to geographic location and a lack of specialists,” Madder said in a press release. “The consequence of not meeting this need is that myocardial infarction and stroke victims in underserved areas often do not receive timely, state-of-the-art treatment and, as a result, may experience higher mortality and poorer outcomes.”

https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/8-8m-will-support-telerobotic-project-at-spectrum-health-west/ $8.8 million to support telerobot project at Spectrum Health West

Dais Johnston

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