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UChicago Medicine AdventHealth recently opened a new hybrid operating room, marking a significant advancement in cardiac care for the community.

The new hybrid OR is a state-of-the-art medical space that seamlessly combines the essential features of a traditional operating room with advanced imaging technology. Designed to enhance patient safety and outcomes, the operating room is equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging equipment to enable minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures. This innovative approach enhances the precision and effectiveness of various cardiac and vascular procedures, providing patients with the latest advancements in heart care.

With the opening of the new space, the hospital also unveiled new equipment to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open-heart surgery. The new technology is designed to perform TAVRs with utmost precision, reducing surgical trauma and enhancing patient recovery. In addition to TAVR, procedures include electrophysiology, vascular procedures and cardiac catheterization.

“The hybrid OR is a cath lab that can convert to an operating room in case of emergencies. This is much needed in aortic valve replacement, where surgical support can be provided right there at the spot, ensuring an extra layer of safety for our patients,” said Dr. Keenan Adib, cardiologist and TAVR medical director at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale. “This allows us to provide the most advanced care available close to home.”

The space allows health care professionals from different specialties to treat patients in the same location. It encourages multidisciplinary collaboration among a team of experts, including cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, radiology technologists, and nurses, ensuring a comprehensive and holistic approach to patient care. Patients can expect shorter hospital stays, reduced pain, and a faster return to their normal activities because of the minimally invasive nature of procedures performed in the hybrid OR.

“The introduction of the hybrid OR marks a significant milestone in providing state-of-the-art care for patients with cardiac conditions and continues to advance the transformational care we’ve been providing to our community for over 100 years,” said Ben Layman, chief operating officer at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale. “Our commitment to innovation translates into improved outcomes and enhanced cardiac care for the local community.”


John Bourjaily, an agent at @properties in Hinsdale and a resident of Golfview Hills, was featured in a three-page spread in the September issue of Real Producers, a trade magazine that features the area’s top agents.

“I took a big risk leaving my family business at age 48 and starting something new in real estate,” Bourjaily told the magazine. “That decision was hard yet ended up being incredibly rewarding.”


Arpan Chokshi, a social studies teacher at Hinsdale Central and instructional innovation coach for the district, led a workshop titled “AI in Schools: Shifting Pedagogy, Practices & Policies” that was hosted by the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Sept. 18.

During the workshop, Chokshi helped education professionals examine the challenges of AI and explore the ways it can be used to enhance how students learn.

COLLEGE STUDENT will serve as RA

Charlotte Priester of Hinsdale has been named a resident assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the 2023-24 academic year. An elementary education major, she will be responsible for reinforcing the university’s mission to provide a welcoming, safe and inclusive place where students, faculty and staff champion one another.