ERIE, Pa. - Saint Vincent Health System has unveiled three new, state-of-the-art operating room suites including the region's first high-tech hybrid operating room, all of which are now large enough to accommodate sophisticated minimally invasive and robotic surgical equipment.
This $8.2 million project not only includes the new hybrid OR and two operating room suites, but also additional pre-op rooms for surgical patients, new locker/dressing facilities for nurses and physicians and updates to the surgical family waiting room.
"We are pleased to be able to offer our surgical patients the most up-to-date, minimally invasive procedures from our experienced team of surgeons," president and CEO of Saint Vincent Health System Scott Whalen, PhD, FACHE, said. "Our new operating rooms are spacious enough to allow our surgeons to collaborate and work together, if necessary. This is especially important for some of the more complex cases we see."
Scott Whalen, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Vincent Health System, left, looks over the new hybrid operating room at Saint Vincent with Scott Bedwell, MD, Saint Vincent chief of surgery , center, and Matthew “Casey” Becker, MD, Saint Vincent Cardiologist, right.
The new Saint Vincent OR suites are significantly larger than the typical hospital operating room, which average about 400 to 500 square feet. The newly designed hybrid operating room measures nearly 800 square feet and will be used as a combination endovascular lab and minimally invasive OR suite for vascular and heart procedures.
The two adjoining operating room suites measure between 600 and 650 square feet and will be used exclusively for surgical procedures involving the daVinci Surgical System for robotic assisted minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic surgeries including minimally invasive hysterectomy, bariatrics and general surgeries.
The hybrid OR combines conventional operating room capabilities with state-of-the-art imaging and catheter-based equipment used during endovascular and structural heart procedures. In a hybrid OR, the technology is brought to the patient offering access to the highest level of equipment necessary in minimally invasive procedures without ever moving the patient or delaying surgery. In addition, the new operating rooms are also equipped should the minimally invasive procedure require full open-surgery.
Saint Vincent Health System recently invested in all high-definition laparoscopic equipment for all of the hospital's operating rooms. This equipment not only provides improved, clearer pictures for the surgeon, but a wider-angle view and enhanced depth of field, making the surgical procedure and instrument location more precise. Also, the new OR suites are equipped with state-of-the-art video equipment which will allow for post-case teaching presentations for residents in the specialty and family practice residency programs at Saint Vincent.
The Health Center pre-surgical area for patients who are preparing to undergo surgery has also been updated and four new pre-op rooms were added. This brings the total number of pre-surgical rooms up to 13. Additional post-anesthesia recovery areas have also been added, for a total of 13 as well. The OR staff locker facilities were also relocated to an area directly above the new OR suites.
The final phase of the construction project included updates to the surgical family waiting room where an OR coordinator provides constant updates on the status of each surgical patient to their family members.
After two years of planning and one year of construction, Saint Vincent surgeons began using the new ORs on Monday, Oct 1.