Adventist Hospital Gets $4.2-Million 
for Physician Training
Funds will train doctors in surgical robotic research
lorida Hospital’s Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement (NCSA) will receive $4.2 million in a congressional-directed Department of Defense grant to revolutionize military and civilian capabilities in surgical robotic research. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) worked to secure the money, the hospital said.
“This proves that hard work pays off. We found a way to get millions of Department of Defense dollars to central Florida, even though the district does not have a military installation,” Rep. Grayson said. “These new federal dollars are the perfect use of directed spending. The award will save lives, especially those of the men and women in the military.”
“Blessed with such funding, Florida Hospital can now take mission more effectively to the world,” added Robyn Edgerton, administrative director of mission development at Florida Hospital, “and this global mission to serve our men and women in uniform is truly an honor.”

SURGEON FOR A DAY: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) was at Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement to announce a $4.2-million congressional grant for surgical robotic research. He’s shown here operating a robotic surgery device. [Photo: Florida Hospital]
The grant will help establish a new Global Center of Excellence in Medical Robotics and Simulation at Florida Hospital, which will be located at the NCSA. The training at the NCSA will focus on capabilities in robotic telesurgery, telementoring, and telebroadcasting. The research will enhance military and civilian health-care outcomes, increase patient safety, reduce health-care costs, as well as create high-tech jobs. Collaborative partners include the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, the UCF College of Medicine, and Florida Hospital, which is part of Adventist Health System.
“It is so important that physicians have access to a training facility that advances the understanding of robotic and simulation technologies,” said Monica Reed, administrator of Florida Hospital Celebration Health. “Florida Hospital Celebration Health is so fortunate to house this outstanding facility where physicians from all over the world will have the opportunity to further improve their skills and improve patient care.”
Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement was established in 2001 as a global training and education institute. For 100 years Florida Hospital’s mission has been to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Since its inception more than 35,000 physicians have used the center for training in state-of-the-art surgical techniques and technologies. “By providing medical training to doctors who reach the world, Florida Hospital is blessed with a divine opportunity,” Edgerton said. “Our goal is to reach the world with health and healing, and this is an example of how God is opening doors for us to do it.” 
                                                                                                              --Reported by Florida Hospital

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