Olympus opens medical training facility for employees, partners in Americas

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Olympus Corp. of the Americas showcased its products and strengthened its connection with partners last week when it opened a three-room, high-tech medical training facility at its corporate headquarters in Center Valley.

Olympus Corp. of the Americas showcased its products and strengthened its connection with partners last week when it opened a three-room, high-tech medical training facility at its corporate headquarters in Center Valley.

The Medical Learning Center, with cutting-edge medical technology, will be used to train Olympus employees and distributer partners from across North and South America, according to Michael S. Levey, director of public relations and communications for Olympus Corporation of the Americas. Olympus designs and delivers medical and surgical solutions, life science imaging systems, industrial measurement and imaging instruments, cameras and audio products.

“We’re very excited and very much looking forward to this,” said Tracey Sanford, vice president of education services at Olympus. “This is an opportunity to really blend our training, both the technical side of products as well as the application to make a difference – both for patient diagnosis and for treatment.”

Inside the center there are nearly a dozen computer towers with cables attached to tiny cameras to be inserted into a simulated patient’s body and displayed on large computer screens for health care equipment training.

The cameras can be intricately manipulated for different procedures that include endobronchial ultrasound, bronchoscopy, laparoscopy, uroscopy and colonoscopy.

According to Sanford, these are all strategies that fall in line with “the new health care environment” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

“Our entire product line is showcased,” Sanford said. “We have our imaging towers for general surgery, urology and gynecology, our ENT [ear, nose, throat] platform, our GI [gastrointestinal] and endotherapy, which is really a large part of our business, and certainly our laparoscopy – to diagnose treatment as well.”

There also is a classroom in which students can sit and watch the images projected on a pair of wall-sized screens at the front of the room.

According to Sanford, the MLC staff could train about 500 to 600 people a year for Olympus and partner organizations.

“The majority of our training will be sales, because that’s a large part of our [focus], but we are also training our technical support team – our field teams and our trouble-shooting [team] for our technical support line,” Sanford said. “In terms of outside organizations, we’re just ramping up to do that. But that’s part of our strategy.”

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