Milestones in our history

1989

  • Establishment of Na Homolce Hospital

1992

  • First surgery performed with Leksell Gamma Knife
  • First insertion of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – the second hospital in Czechoslovakia to perform the procedure

1994

  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to acquire a neurosurgical navigation system 

1995

  • Acquisition of a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine

1996

  • First stent-graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Installation of an angiography X-ray system and first procedure on coronary arteries

1997

  • First catheter-based ablation

1998

  • First endovascular surgery of a cerebral arterial aneurysm

1999

  • First hospital in post-Communist Europe to open a PET scan facility (positron emission tomography)

2000

  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to launch three-dimensional mapping of cardiac arrhythmias
  • First percutaneous vertebroplasty – treatment of vertebral fractures

2001

  • First arterial graft transplant
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to implant a spinal cord neurostimulator for the treatment of refractory angina pectoris

2002

  • Inception of Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery as two separate specialties

2003

  • Opening of a new Cardiac Surgery Department
  • Launch of the first hybrid PET/CT scanner in the Czech Republic

2004

  • World premiere: Optune (TTF) therapy of a malignant brain tumour
  • World premiere: cryoballoon catheter ablation
  • Prevention of ischemic cerebrovascular accidents by left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Inception of pulmonary and thoracic surgeries
  • Opening of an outpatient oncology clinic

2005

  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to open a centre of robotic surgery
  • First robotic surgery in the Czech Republic: bariatric surgery of the stomach
  • First hospital in the world to perform vascular robotic surgery 
  • International accreditation by Joint Commission International (JCI)
  • World premiere: laser ablation treatment of atrial fibrillation

2006

  • Opening of a centre for adult patients with congenital heart disease
  • Establishment of a laboratory of molecular diagnostics

2007

  • Inception of the robotic cardiac surgery programme
  • Opening of a complex of three multi-purpose catheterization rooms
  • The first hospital in the Czech Republic to introduce electromagnetic navigation into catheter-based treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Opening of a new intensive care unit at the Department of Neurosurgery

2008

  • Successful JCI reaccreditation

2009

  • Opening of a new complex of neurosurgical operating rooms with preoperative MRI
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to perform robotic surgery of the heart
  • World premiere: thoracic sympathetic RFA (radiofrequency ablation) in patients with unmanageable ventricular tachycardia

2010

  • Acquisition of a new model of Leksell Gamma Knife – Perfexion
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to implant a subcutaneous cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
  • Officially designated as Comprehensive Cerebrovascular Centre

2011

  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • Designated as Centre of Sleep Medicine
  • Two new angiographic X-ray machines at the Cardiac Centre
  • World premiere: hypertension treatment by ultrasound renal sympathetic denervation

2012

  • World premiere: implantation of a leadless pacemaker
  • First hospital in central Europe to launch bronchial thermoplasty treatment for severe cases of asthma

2013

  • World premiere: catheter-based cardiac valve surgery

2014

  • World premiere: hybrid repair of a ventricular aneurysm, combining cardiac surgery and cardiology
  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • World premiere: a new therapeutic method for hypertension – ultrasound elimination of carotid body functions

2015

  • Officially designated as highest-level Epilepsy Centre
  • Opening of a reconstructed, enlarged neurological intensive care unit
  • Opening of an inpatient ward at the Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
  • Trans-catheter pulmonary valve replacement

2016

  • Inception of a hybrid multidisciplinary facility with the new-generation Da Vinci Xi surgical robotic system
  • Ultrasound machine at the Department of Neurosurgery

2017

  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • New PET/CT scanner

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