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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Simulation center at AAMC will help reduce healthcare costs

Feb 1, 2013

photo5 resized.jpgAs someone who is recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery, I know what it’s like to be a patient. You want to feel confident that your surgeon is well-qualified and well-trained. You want the best of the best.

Last night, I was thrilled to tour the new SAIL Center (Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning) at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The new center will enable doctors and surgeons to practice the latest techniques in a hospital setting without using humans as guinea pigs. Investments like the SAIL Center will also help our country reduce its now-unsustainable costs.

Did you know that healthcare accounts for $1 of every $6 spent in America? Premiums are rising faster than wages.  But by giving doctors access to technology like this simulation center, we can lower costs by reducing medical mistakes and malpractice suits. It also exposes healthcare providers to rare and unexpected complications in the operating room that would be impossible to recreate otherwise. It will also create jobs and give our economy a boost by providing a place to test new medical devices and develop them into commercially marketable products.

The SAIL Center was the vision of Dr. Adrian Park, my friend and the chair of AAMC's Department of Surgery. I want to thank Dr. Jim and Sylvia Earl, whose generosity made the SAIL Center possible. Their gift will truly save lives and keep AAMC on the cutting edge. I want to also thank the entire AAMC staff for presenting me with a cake to celebrate my 35th birthday at last night’s event!