For nearly 20 years, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has been the leading center for diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart conditions, performing more cardiovascular surgeries for the rarest and most complex congenital heart defects than any other hospital in Tampa Bay. Home to one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the southeast, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is a regional referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, and some of the program’s greatest successes are children who could not be helped at other facilities.
St. Joseph’s Children’s Heart Institute is taking the next step in advancing patient care and family engagement, adopting the Precision Virtual Reality medical visualization platform by Surgical Theater. This innovative, enterprise-wide virtual reality technology, already utilized at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital for pediatric neurosurgery, will provide our cardiac surgeons and physicians with a never-before seen view of the anatomy and pathology of their patients’ complex cardiac conditions. Utilization of VR offers an intuitive and immersive approach to surgical planning and patient engagement, allowing surgeons to walk with the patient inside a 360° model based on their own CT and MRI, demonstrating customized digital treatment plans for patients. Using the same advanced VR technology originally developed for military flight simulators used to train fighter pilots, this quantum technology will give patients and their families a better understanding of the surgical approach, and surgeons the ability to plan and prepare for complex surgeries in a way never before imagined.
St. Joseph’s Children’s Heart Institute brings together a select group of extremely experienced and skilled cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, dedicated nurses, intensivists and anesthesiologists whose teamwork has contributed to the development of many new treatments and techniques in pediatric cardiac surgery resulting in some of the best outcomes in the nation. It is the determination of this team to provide the absolute best medical care to each patient, combined with the philanthropic investment in St. Joseph’s, that fuels our ability to bring this innovative technology to Tampa Bay and to Florida.
Proceeds from the 2019 Heroes Ball will make it possible for St. Joseph’s Children’s Heart Institute, in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center and Stanford, to be the first in the country to co-develop with Surgical Theater and offer this Virtual Reality Surgical Planning tool in a pediatric cardiac surgical setting.