Van Elslander Surgical Innovation Center at Providence-Providence Park Hospital opens

A new highly advanced surgical training facility is now open at Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Novi. The Van Elslander Surgical Innovation Center provides specialized surgical training to surgeons from throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

VESIC is designed to foster collaboration with leading-edge medical device manufacturers to provide training courses on innovative surgical techniques and procedures. The 9,000-square-foot, $3.5M facility features a 14-station training lab where surgeons will learn and perfect surgical procedures and techniques. There is also a 50-seat auditorium to that allows doctors to view live surgeries. This type of direct visualization is critical to the training experience.

”This new hallmark training center will continue to build on the regional and national reputation of St. John Providence as clinical leaders,” says Peter Karadjoff, president of Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi.

VESIC’s creation was envisioned by Providence-Providence Park Hospital neurotology surgeons, Drs. Dennis Bojrab, Michael LaRouere and Seilesh Babuand made possible by a generous philanthropic gift from Mr. Art Van Elslander.

“This center is a flex-designed, multi-disciplinary training center capable of hosting innovative surgical training and other ground breaking medical courses. Some of the first training sessions in the center will be temporal bone and skull-based courses,” says Bojrab.

St. John Providence has partnered with Platinum Training to provide their exceptional management ability in building centers and attracting physicians from around the world to train here. Platinum has an established network of integrated surgical training and education centers in seven locations across the country and offers extensive relationships in the equipment and anatomical tissue market.

VESIC will be an integral component to linking medical education and training throughout Michigan and eventually through the other Ascension Health ministries across the United States.

Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi is part of St. John Providence. SJP is comprised of five hospitals plus more than 125 medical facilities in southeast Michigan. Every year at St. John Providence, we touch thousands of lives in southeast Michigan through services such as heart, cancer, obstetrics, neurosciences, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, surgery, emergency and urgent care. St. John Providence is part of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit and Catholic health system in the country. Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.