Healthcare Industry News:  KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America 

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 News Release - December 19, 2011

KARL STORZ to Break Ground for Its 3000th OR1(R) Fully Integrated Surgical Suites

Installation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital to Be Completed in the First Half of 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)-- KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader in advanced endoscopy and operating room integration solutions, is pleased to announce that preparations are being finalized for installation of the 3000th OR1® integrated operating room, which will take place at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The new facilities will combine a range of state-of-the-art surgical technologies, as well as systems for image and data management. The first OR1® fully integrated operation rooms are expected to be installed by the end of this year, with the remaining rooms to be completed by the first half of 2012. A total of 28 ORs will be installed to complete the project.

“KARL STORZ installed its first integrated operating room in 1999, and we have consistently demonstrated our leadership as an innovator and developer of fully integrated operating room solutions,” says Connie Padden, Director, OR1® Technology and Integration. “As a proven medical integrator, we view this new installation as a milestone for us. It’s 3000 rooms, and counting.”

KARL STORZ OR1® integrated operating rooms combine digital technologies that provide intuitive centralized control of systems and equipment within the room. Innovative digital control systems are used to seamlessly integrate an array of key OR devices and environmental components. KARL STORZ also provides cutting-edge network capabilities to aid communication, such as video streaming, documentation and archiving, as well video on demand for educational purposes. Every OR1® room offers exceptional ergonomics and a user-friendly design to optimize the workflow.

“For KARL STORZ, it’s an honor to achieve this distinctive milestone at this facility,” Padden adds. “The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked number one in the nation for 21 consecutive years, placing first in five medical specialties and in the top five in 10 others, according to U.S. News & World Report.”

KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for more than 65 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company’s Web site at


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