St. Mary Opens Four New State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms - Archived
St. Mary Opens Four New State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms
Receives $3 Million RACP grant to support Surgical Services Expansion
LANGHORNE, Pa., April 3, 2013 – St. Mary Medical Center has completed a Surgical Services expansion that added four new Operating Rooms (ORs) to support its growing patient volumes in orthopedics, neurosurgery, and robotic-assisted surgery, as well as all general surgeries. The state-of-the-art ORs include a sophisticated software-integration system designed to enhance a surgeon’s ability to perform minimally invasive procedures that ultimately result in faster recovery times and lower complication rates. St. Mary is among the first in the nation to utilize the TEGRIS integration OR system.
St. Mary recently was awarded a $3 million grant through the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to complete its $8.4 million Surgical Services Expansion Project. (Please note that the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority is the grantee and St. Mary is the sub-grantee of the award.) The scope of the RACP grant also included the construction of new Pre-Op, Post-Op and PACU (post anesthesia care unit) areas to support the new OR suites. The patient-care surgical areas were completed in April 2012.
State government officials from Bucks County provided bipartisan support for the St. Mary RACP grant. St. Mary is hosting a preview of the new OR suites for government officials at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Among those anticipated to attend are Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, State Senator Robert M. “Tommy” Tomlinson (R-6), and State Representatives Frank Farry (R-142) and Tina Davis (D-141). Additional government officials have been invited.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects, with emphasis on projects that display significant potential for improving economic growth and the creation of jobs. St. Mary was the only organization in Bucks County to receive a RACP grant in 2012.
Benefits of the new OR Suites
The new, larger ORs feature a software-driven system that organizes and coordinates the interconnectivity of a range of high-definition imaging and data-storage devices used in the complex environment of today’s advanced surgical procedures. The system also sets new standards in safety in verifying that correct patient data and images are displayed for each patient and that safety checklists are completed before documentation and use.
Powerful digital integration can distribute images and video simultaneously from eight medical devices to up to eight monitors independently. A central storage solution has the ability to transfer data throughout a hospital network and for permanent storage, and also for encrypted transmission over the internet for external training and consultation.
The small, user-friendly desktop station can be positioned anywhere as needed and uses touch-screen technology to centrally control room systems. Room temperature and humidity, ambient and OR table LED lighting, endoscopic and OR cameras, are among additional equipment that can be controlled through the exceptional data- handling unit. There are docking stations for iPod and iPhone to accommodate additional data input.
The system is upgradeable to support commonly used and potentially new data standards, and features easy-to-clean smooth edges and minimally exposed hardware for optimal infection control.
St. Mary Medical Center now has 19 operating rooms and performs more than 27,000 surgeries and short procedures, annually.