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Students View Live Heart Surgery

Jewish Hospital, the Greater Louisville Medical Society and the Louisville Science Center have collaborated on a new and ongoing educational initiative to permit middle and high students in Kentucky and southern Indiana to view live heart surgery at the Louisville Science Center.

The Pulse of Surgery program, which is being offered for the first time this school year, connects students with an operating room at Jewish Hospital via broadband link that allows them to observe and interact with the surgical team in real time. Lead surgeon Mark Slaughter, M.D. and Jewish Hospital OR team members engage young minds in thought-provoking conversations during the procedure.

In January, 60 students from Ramsey Middle School took part in the program. The goal of Pulse of Surgery is to boost interest in medical careers and promote healthy lifestyles among young people.

Donors to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation have pledged $128,500 to the program and the Medical Society is providing an addition $100,000. During the current school year, 10 surgeries will be broadcast live from Jewish Hospital.

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