The Orsi Academy robotic surgery training center, of which Ghent University is a partner, received the 2019 Regiostar Award in the ’Modernizing Health Services’ category.
With the Regiostar Awards, the European Commission each year honors projects that stand out from the other projects in terms of demonstrating excellence and rolling out a new approach. With the aim of inspiring other European regions and project managers, the winners receive extra media attention and are placed in the European spotlights.
The Regiostars are awarded in five thematic categories of promotion of digital transformation, connecting green-blue-gray networks, combating inequality and poverty, building climate-adaptive cities and the special category for 2019: Modernizing Health Services. It is in the latter category that Orsi Academy received the award.
Orsi Academy is a robot surgery training center of which Ghent University, UZ Gent, KU Leuven and UZ Leuven are partners, which was realized alongside the E40 in Melle thanks to the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Flemish government. The new 5.500 m² infrastructure accommodates the very latest technologies in the field of robot surgery. Because the Orsi Academy is one of the absolute world leaders, the center attracts surgeons from all over the world who come to refine their skills in Melle. Every year, around 3,500 surgeons from all over the world come to ORSI to become trained in robotic surgery.
The award of the Regiostar Award 2019 not only means recognition of this expertise by the European Commission in a field that is very important to Flanders as health care, but also provides an incentive for the further expansion of technology in collaboration with Ghent University, the KU Leuven and knowledge institutions.