Myanmar looks to Milwaukee as it builds health care infrastructure

    The Myanmar Ministry of Health on Tuesday toured the cardiac care department of Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. The Southeast Asian country, otherwise known as Burma, visited Aurora St. Luke’s in order to bring home knowledge and solutions as it seeks to build its own emerging health care infrastructure.

    The Myanmar Ministry of Health chose Aurora St Luke’s for a visit because it is a leading heart and vascular hospital, and it is globally recognized for the interventional procedures performed in its next-generation GE Hybrid Operating Room. It is the only Wisconsin hospital with GE’s Hybrid OR.

    In addition to touring the Hybrid OR, His Excellency Dr. Than Aung, Union Minister of the Ministry of Health, discussed best practices, standards of cardiac care and other advanced imaging technology used in patient procedures with Dr. Daniel O’Hair, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Aurora St. Luke’s.

    Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and GE are among multiple tours planned by the Myanmar Ministry of Health over the course of its two-week visit to the U.S. During their stay, they will visit health care manufacturers Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, Calif.; Medtronic of Minneapolis; and Hill-Rom of Batesville, Ind., with hospital tours at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas.

    Myanmar’s Ministry of Health is seeking help from companies like GE and Medtronic to assist in setting up world-class heart centers in Myanmar.

    “They welcome collaborations from established American institutions to bring expertise in hospital design, medical technologies, infrastructure and system development with efficient workflows,” said Jennifer Fox, public relations manager of GE Healthcare. “The purpose of the visit is to learn best practices and to see first-hand the operation of world-class heart centers like Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center.”

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