The EP Department of the Heart Center Leipzig recently expanded its facilities with the inauguration of a dedicated MRI and a fourth interventional EP lab. The new 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner is supposed to serve diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiological procedures. As first electrophysiological interventions with MRI support have already been done at Heart Center Leipzig institution, this way can now consequently be pursued with new technology. At the occasion of the official inauguration on 1st of June 2015, Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, Medical Director of the Heart Center Leipzig and head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Professor Gerhard Schuler as the head of the Department of Cardiology and Prof. Gerhard Hindricks , Deputy Director of the Heart Center and Head of the Department for Electrophysiology warmly welcomed numerous guests from politics and health care.
The German minister of health Herrmann Gröhe emphasized in his speech the demographic changes in our society and the continuous efforts that are needed to maintain a high level of medical care. Babara Klepsch, the minister of health of the state of Saxony, spoke about the local importance of health care institutions. She also mentioned that the new facilities were funded by FRESENIUS, the owning company. Ulf Schneider, CEO of FRESENIUS, talked about the great potential of cooperations between the Heart Center Leipzig and other hospitals. Professor Stumvoll, dean of the University Leipzig, emphasized the importance of the Heart Center Leipzig as a powerful part of the medical faculty of Germany’s second oldest university. The CEO of the German Heart Foundation, Martin Vestweber stressed the importance of patient centered, individual care. With Professor Fausto Pinto from Portugal, president of the European Society of Cardiology and Isabel Bardinet from France, CEO of the European Society of Cardiology, honorable international guests witnessed the opening ceremony. Professor Fausto Pinto spoke about the different levels of medical care in cardiology that are available among the European countries. He also underlined the need of constant efforts in order to maintain a high level of medical care, since demographic and cardiometabolic trends oppose the advances in medical treatment. The opening event was completed by a walk through the hospital with inspection of the new facilities. The facilities have been designed to support more than 6000 interventional electrophysiological procedures and cardiac implants annually. All 4 cathlabs are equipped with latest EP-technologies. Special attention was paid to optimized work flow arrangements for to improve patient safety and procedure efficacy.
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