House Call: North Tower – The Advantage of Hybrid Operating Rooms
Cone Health’s North Tower will be home to the area’s first hybrid operating room.
Hybrid operating rooms combine an imaging suite, such as a cardiac catheterization or interventional radiology lab, with a fully-functioning operating room.
The hybrid operating room in Cone Health’s North Tower will facilitate procedures through advanced visualization, allowing surgeons to perform minimally invasive, intricate endovascular and heart procedures, such as repairing complex aneurysms, all in one setting.
Cone Health has invested in the latest advancements in imaging technology to outfit the North Tower’s hybrid operating room. A state-of-the-art robotic imaging device has been installed in the room that has the ability to capture high-resolution CT images and reconstruct 3D images during procedures, as needed. This x-ray imaging system has a ‘robotic arm’, and is able maneuver into a myriad of different angles to retrieve the exact images the surgical team needs for optimal visualization.
The hybrid operating room brings together a unique blend of expertise from several medical disciplines, including vascular and open heart surgery, cardiovascular imaging and interventional radiology. This dedicated, multidisciplinary team will remain on-call 24/7, ready to deliver exceptional care for emergency, as well as standard, procedures for patients throughout the community.
Dr. Wells Brabham is a vascular surgeon at Vascular and Vein Specialists of Greensboro and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Brabham is a 2001 graduate of Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in vascular surgery at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Sheryl Booth is the director of Cone Health Invasive Cardiovascular Services. Booth received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Greensboro College in 1993, and earned a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University in 2009.
Kristie Garrett is the assistant director of Cone Health Intraoperative Services for the open heart, thoracic and vascular surgery departments. Garrett received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998, and earned a Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University in 2013.