A diseased heart or an invading brain tumor, patients with such life threatening medical conditions no longer have to travel to the big city to get treatment. Technological advances in healthcare are being put to the test at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Although Grand Junction and the surrounding area is considered rural Colorado, the medical services offered here are by no means less than what people should expect in urban places like Denver or Salt Lake City. According to surgeon Dr. James Narrod, St. Mary's has one of the largest heart programs in the state, surpassing the majority of Denver hospitals. Soon St. Mary's will offer robotic heart and lung surgery, just another way the hospital tries to stay competitive with medical centers around the nation so patients can get all their medical needs met without leaving home. One of the newest additions to the region's largest medical center is a brand new and expanded pediatric specialty clinic, a one–stop shop for smaller patients needing surgery or long–term care. For more than a year now patients with brain tumors either malignant or benign have the option of avoiding surgery for a more non–invasive alternative called Stereotactic Radiosurgery. So far 33 patients have undergone the procedure and Dr. Vernon King says there's an 80 to 90 percent success rate in controlling the spread of a growth in the brain. Physicians from all over the country transplant themselves here in Grand Junction and St. Mary's is continually acquiring more state-of-the-art equipment, so patients can have the quality of the big city with the convenience of staying close to home. On Friday night Debra will look at technological advances in cosmetic procedures that are offered here in Grand Junction including Lasik vision correction.
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