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. 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.