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|Medtronic Surgical Technologies Opens New Customer Education and Training Center|
Jacksonville Facility Will Train Surgical Teams From Around the World
JACKSONVILLE, FL - December 2, 2013 - Medtronic Surgical Technologies, a division of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), the world's largest medical device company, will hold a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Dr. Glen Nelson Surgeon Education and Training Center, located at the division's Jacksonville headquarters. The event will take place today at 4:30 p.m. at 6743 Southpoint Drive North.
The $14 million facility contains a 10,000 square foot auditorium, 4,000 square feet of product research and development space and a 3,000 square foot customer training lab. Surgeons and surgical teams from around the world will train here with the latest Medtronic integrated surgical solutions for cranial, spinal, and ENT procedures: surgical navigation and imaging equipment, nerve integrity monitoring, CSF management and critical care solutions, and powered instruments. The learning environment replicates the modern operating room that they are used to working in.
"Today, we have doctors and healthcare professionals visiting our facility each week from the U.S. and Latin America to train on our products and consult with our product development teams," says Mark Fletcher, senior vice president, Medtronic and president of Medtronic Surgical Technologies. "Opening the Dr. Glen Nelson Surgeon Education and Training Center allows us to meet the growing need from our customers to train with our products and discover how our technologies can be applied to their patients' surgical needs."
Each year, as many 750 surgeons and other healthcare professionals from all over the globe are expected to train at the new center.
In addition to state-of-the-art equipment found in today's operating rooms, the lab contains the latest Medtronic technologies including:
The facility is named for Glen Nelson, M.D., a practicing surgeon from 1969-1986. Dr. Nelson joined Medtronic as executive vice president in 1986 and was elected vice chairman in 1988, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.
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