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.