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Published: 09/13/2010

Advanced Surgical Suite Opens at St. Vincent's

St Vincent's Medical Center - Bridgeport CTSt. Vincent's Medical Center recently unveiled its new $18 million, 27,000 square foot surgical suite.

"With the opening of the suite, we begin a new era in surgical services at St. Vincent's. In addition to incorporating the latest technology and design standards, the new suite is patient and family-centered and offers plenty of room for future innovations and surgical advances," said Susan L. Davis, RN, Ed.D., St. Vincent's President/CEO. "The suite represents one of the most advanced surgical centers in the state."

The surgical suite, designed by NBBJ Architects in New York City and built by AP Construction of Stamford, is the second major project to come on line as part of St. Vincent's overall master renovation plan. This spring, the Medical Center also dedicated its new 30-bed Intensive Care and Critical Care Units.

Located on the third level of the Medical Center, the surgical suite consolidates all major pre-and post-operative procedure areas in order to streamline the entire surgical process for patients. "The new Operating Room Suites are 'an investment in the next generation' because the units set new standards in care," said Dr. Davis.

"The expansive Operating Suites include eight pre-operative bays, 10 operating suites, and 12 Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) beds," said Michael Smith, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

"The new OR's will allow us to upgrade technology to state-of-the-art, as well as increase capacity. Also, we will improve the efficiency of current utilization. Most important, we have tried to design the OR's so they will be capable of incorporating new technologies as they are developed. This will expedite introduction of these technologies to benefit our patients," he said. One of the major improvements in the new suite includes the purchase of a new endoscopy system to support the trend toward minimally invasive surgery.

"One of the major benefits of the new surgery suite is the large size, which takes up most of the third level of the Medical Center. Space is a critical component in efficiency, safety and overall process. The fully equipped space gives us more infrastructure and capabilities in providing advanced and patient-friendly surgical services," Dr. Smith said.

Brooke Karlsen, RN,  Director of Surgical Services, said, "In addition to the high-tech upgrade of equipment and instrumentation, the new surgical suite features advanced lighting and modular storage built-ins."

newOROne-Stop Testing
"Flow and flexibility were key concepts in the design," Karlsen said, noting that ambulatory patients will check in at the third floor on the day of surgery and will be able to undergo all tests at that site rather than being moved throughout the hospital.

Family Member Tracking System
A new "tracking system" will also be launched to give family members up-to-the-minute information about the patient, and improve communications. Family members will be given beepers and also have access to information in the lobby.

"The new system will give family and support people much more freedom of movement in the hospital, so that they can get a cup of coffee or do other things while waiting," Karlsen said.

For information on tours of the new OR suites, call St. Vincent's Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (8747).

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