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CEL­E­BRA­TION, Fla.— The Nicholson Cen­ter at Florida Hos­pi­tal opened a new 54,000-square-foot train­ing fa­cil­ity where of­fi­cials plan to train as many as 20,000 clin­i­cians a year from around the world in ad­vanced tech­niques such as min­i­mally in­va­sive and ro­botic surgery, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Of­fi­cials say the Nicholson Cen­ter is the largest of its kind and in­cludes six DaVinci sur­gi­cal ro­bots, more than 40 en­do­scopic sur­gi­cal sta­tions and two team-train­ing op­er­at­ing rooms. The cen­ter also has a full con­fer­ence cen­ter that will al­low “tele­men­tor­ing” as well as in­struc­tional train­ing ses­sions to be broad­cast around the world. Ad­min­is­tra­tors at the cen­ter have re­ceived $4.2 mil­lion from the De­fense Depart­ment to spear­head telemedicine re­search that will have mil­i­tary and civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions. Since 2001, the cen­ter has trained more than 43,000 sur­geons from its lo­ca­tion on the Florida Hos­pi­tal Cel­e­bra­tion cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. CHAR­LOTTE, N.C.— Caroli­nas Health­Care Sys­tem last week filed three cer­tifi­cate-of-need ap­pli­ca­tions with the North Carolina Divi­sion of Health Ser­vice Reg­u­la­tion for more than $50 mil­lion in projects, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The most ex­pen­sive project, at about $40 mil­lion, is to move 29 in­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion beds to 109-bed Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­terPineville, Char­lotte. Ten of the beds would be moved from 159-bed Caroli­nas Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, a free­stand­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion hos­pi­tal on the 874-bed Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­ter cam­pus in Char­lotte. An­other 19 beds would move from 172-bed Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­terMercy, Char­lotte. The project in­volves Caroli­nas Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal, a jointven­ture part­ner of the Caroli­nas sys­tem. An­other project seeks 38 beds at CMC-Mercy for or­tho­pe­dic ser­vices, at an ex­pected cost of $6.7 mil­lion. Caroli­nas also is seek­ing to add 19 beds to the main CMC cam­pus for neu­ro­log­i­cal care, in­clud­ing six neu­ro­log­i­cal in­ten­sive-care unit beds. Caroli­nas ex­pects the CON reg­u­la­tor to is­sues its de­ci­sions on these re­quests in March.

The Nicholson Cen­ter has trained more than 43,000 sur­geons since 2001.

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