Sergey Sobyanin visited Moscow Spinal Center
Moscow mayor visited City Hospital No. 67, which was recently renovated and received new state-of-art equipment. Sergey Sobyanin checked new operating room, spoke with patients and discussed plans for future.
Modernization of Moscow healthcare system just started, and a hundred of renovated clinics is only a beginning. The most funds and forces will be spent in the coming year.
City Hospital No. 67 always had the best specialists, and many patients with severe spine traumas are referred here. However, till this moment clinic had no innovative equipment. Hospital modernization required about 1.5 bln Roubles, half of this sum was spent on new equipment.
Dmitriy Dzukaev: Any army can win only with good intelligence, and we never will be caught by surprise if we have all the information we need.
Military terminology fits very well to the field of neurosurgery - operating on the spine can be compared with walking on the mine field. Before now surgeons virtually had no devices to guide them. Now they use the navigation system. This is the most sophisticated medical system, and not so many clinics in the world have it.
Patients imaging data are loaded to the computer, and surgeon uses this information as a map.
Natalya Khoreva: With 3D imaging, we can say exactly where we are, while in the wound with the direct vision we can see only the surface of the spine, all other structures are hidden. Thanks to this equipment we can see the entire spine.
Such map can be done just in a few seconds right here at this department. The hospital purchased this unique equipment under the modernization program.
There is MRI tomograph, not yet assembled. It should be finished by the end of this year. Hospital waited for this equipment almost six years. Physicians were very happy to finally receive it. However, presently waiting list for MRI tomographs in Moscow hospitals is much shorter. All contracts were signed this year, and delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the next year. Another area of expenditure is hospital renovation, especially for wards. In this ward, we met Ilya Uchitel, the son of the famous Russian film director Alexey Uchitel. He had a serious spinal injury during filming.
Mr. Sobyanin: I was told, you have considered getting treatment abroad?
Ilya Uchitel: No, we decided on getting treatment here from the very beginning.
Mr. Sobyanin: And why is that?
Ilya Uchitel: Doctors here are wonderful. And this clinic is very comfortable; it's nice to be here.
Moscow citizens now should change their thinking about Moscow healthcare. Nearly 800 hospitals were included in modernization program, and that's only a beginning.
Mr. Sobyanin: Moscow healthcare must move to the next level, prepare to the new funding system and medical insurance policies to get a competitive advantage and provide better medical care.