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Betty Christ and Chris Carter listen to Paul Kahlert, the area sales manager for da Vinci Surgery, as he discusses how the robotic surgical system works. The system is composed of four operating robotic arms, pictured in the forefront, and a remote-control center, pictured in back between the two men, at which the surgeon would sit and control the robotic arms. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

The 'heart' of the hospital: Sanford unveils plans for 24-hour cardiology center; also is adding robotic surgery


BEMIDJI - Sanford Bemidji Medical Center on Thursday detailed the hospital's plans for an advanced cardiology program, which will include a dedicated, 24-hour cardiology suite.

"The future for us is very, very promising," said Paul Hanson, the president of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, as he addressed about 50 people gathered at the Sanford Center for a Lunch & Learn program hosted by the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota.

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