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Business Observer Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 6 months ago

Health system expands cardiothoracic facility

Lee Health opens a larger Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, a research, teaching and surgical facility at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.

FORT MYERS — Lee Health recently marked the opening of its expanded Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, a 13,290-square-foot addition at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.

Shipley provides a new phase for cardiothoracic care in Southwest Florida, featuring a new approach to the surgical treatment of heart and lung diseases with an emphasis on innovation, education and research, according to a statement. 

The center was made possible by an initial $2.5 million gift from Shipley Foundation, headed by Richard Shipley of Sanibel Island. Remaining funds were raised through community donations.

The Shipley Center expansion establishes an innovation hub focused on patient care optimization, research and learning opportunities for surgical clinical teams worldwide. Its goal is to improve patient outcomes through a detailed understanding of individual patient risk factors and personal health needs prior to surgery, the release states. The center also includes a health education component to help patients understand how to stay healthy and potentially avoid surgery.

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from our team and we are honored to share this groundbreaking resource with the Southwest Florida community and beyond,” says Shipley Center cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Hummel in the statement. 

The expansion also includes an educational conference center for surgeons and health care professionals who come from across the country to train. This hub provides live-case teaching, simulators and destination and distance learning opportunities.

The Shipley Center is considered a center of excellence for minimally invasive procedures. Its surgeons perform more than 1,000 heart and 400 lung surgeries per year. 

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