ECU's Heart Institute Unveils New Space For Robotics And Research

A new research and training opportunity has opened up for robotic cardiac surgery. WITN took a first-hand look at the facility and its equipment.

The 37,000 sq. ft. fourth floor of the East Carolina Heart Institute officially opened Thursday afternoon.

It will house advanced labs and simulated clinical rooms, with 80 to 120 people working in the area.

The only Robotic Cardiac Surgery training facility in the world sits on the floor as well.

The fourth floor will also house the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute.

WITN spoke with Dr. Wiley Nifong about the progress ECU has made in medicine.

Dr. Nifong said, "When they come here they're like, 'Oh we didn't realize this was all going on at East Carolina.' And not only here, but when you walk over to the Dental School and Allied Health School. This area now, the vision is, it's like a medical campus."

Dr. Nifong says when you look outside, you see white coats and blue coats, with everyone collaborating together. He says it's a lot more fun to work in that type of environment.