3D Printing Network Includes Albuquerque VA - New Mexico VA Health Care System
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3D Printing Network Includes Albuquerque VA

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Ben Salatin (second from left), NMVAHCS Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, exhibits a toggle switch adaptor that he recently made using a 3D printer. The adaptor is larger and has smoother edges than the motorized wheelchair’s original toggle switch, making its operation more comfortable for the patient. With him are (from left) Dr. Peter Woodbridge, NMVAHCS Chief of Innovation, Reliability, Informatics & Improvement Service; Olivier Uyttebrouck, Albuquerque Journal reporter; and Adolphe Pierre-Louis, Albuquerque Journal photographer.

By Bill Armstrong, NMVAHCS Public Affairs Specialist
Friday, March 31, 2017

  The Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) recently launched the first nationwide medical 3D printing network through a collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers globally.  As part of this effort, five 3D printers donated by Stratasys were installed in VA hospitals across the country:  Albuquerque, Boston, Orlando, San Antonio and Seattle.  This network will allow Veterans access to customized 3D printed anatomical models, assistive technology devices, orthotics, and other empowering tools. 

  At the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, we’re proud to be part of this innovative new network, using cutting edge technology. Reporter Olivier Uyttebrouck of the Albuquerque Journal recently met with two of the VA staff at our medical center who are implementing the 3D printing program.  They are Peter A. Woodbridge, M.D., who serves as Chief of Innovation, Reliability, Informatics & Improvement Service (IRIIS) and Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) for the New Mexico VA Health Care System; and Ben Salatin, Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI&D) Care Line, and National Digital Fabrication Coordinator.  You can read Mr. Uyttebrouck’s newspaper story about our 3D printing network at this link:  https://www.abqjournal.com/976285/3d-printing-helping-patients.html

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