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Dr. Julius Zant gives a blessing to the new heart room in Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Surgical Services as Dr. Kurt Wehberg, OR nurse Starr White, RN, and the patient look on.

What a great way to open our new heart room in Surgical Services this morning! At the invitation of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kurt Wehberg, who was to perform the first surgery in the room, Dr. Julius Zant, a neurosurgeon from Peninsula Regional Neurosurgery who is also a minister, opened the room with a blessing. He reminded surgical staff of the tenet to "heal the broken-hearted." Also attending was the patient whose procedure was to be the first in the new room, which offers significantly more space for the surgeons, staff and equipment. 

The new operating room offers much more room than the former ORs constructed in the 1970s.