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Czech military hospital inaugurates unique operating theatre

A Czech hospital has inaugurated a multi-function operating theatre, which is only the third of its kind in the world.

The operating room, reported the České Noviny website, has magnetic resonance technology for neurosurgical operations and is part of reconstruction work at the Central Military Hospital (UVN) in Prague-Stresovice.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek attended the opening of the new surgical theatre.

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The UVN opened in 1938, and has been be completely renovated in the past ten years. The reconstruction work cost 750 million crowns, with 300 million crowns spent on the operating theatre alone.

The hospital has gained international recognition for quality, being the first hospital in post-communist Europe to be awarded international quality accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI) in 2004.

It also received the JCI’s quality mark in November 2007, and is one of 60 hospitals worldwide to have done so.

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