Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New surgical unit opens at Shady Grove

Department is part of Rockville hospital’s $100 million renovation

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Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette
Lynn Combs, outpatient surgery specialty coordinator, demonstrated rotating equipment in one of the new operating rooms at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. To her right is anesthesiologistDr. Melvin Coursey.
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s new state-of-the-art surgical unit opened for business on Monday, the last piece to move into the hospital’s new tower.

The 100,000-square-foot unit boasts 16 operating rooms, 22 pre-operation patient beds, 48 recovery beds and advanced technology to handle some of the most complicated surgeries.

‘‘It’s the size of two football fields,” Lynn Combs, outpatient surgery specialty coordinator for the Rockville hospital, said.

In the old space, the surgical unit was spread over two floors, but the new unit brings all surgical services, from the waiting room all the way to recovery, to one central unit, hospital staff said.

‘‘It allows us to treat more serious cases now in a better environment,” Eileen Prinkey, director of perioperative services, said.

Prinkey said the new unit allows for more space, more privacy for patients and better navigation.

The operating rooms include booms for monitoring equipment that can move around the operating table, equipment storage and high-definition, flat-screen monitors.

The patient waiting and recovery rooms feature muted colors, low lighting and soft music to create a healing environment.

‘‘The design is meant to keep patients as the focus and to make it a comfortable environment,” Dr. Melvin Coursey, anesthesiologist, said.

Creating a healing environment is part of the Planetree program the hospital is following in the construction of its new tower and future renovations.

Planetree is a national nonprofit organization that assists hospitals in creating a healing environment that is centered on the patient. Shady Grove is a member of the program.

The tower is part of the hospital’s four-year $100 million renovation and expansion project, which started in 2006 with the renovation of the hospital lobby. In November, the mother⁄baby unit was the first to move into the new tower, offering larger, more private patient recovery rooms.

The next phase of the project includes a new 800-space parking garage for physicians and staff, set to open in May.

The extra space that opened up from the move into the new tower will allow for the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Emergency Department, which are scheduled for completion in the fall.

The construction of new conference rooms and the renovation of patient rooms in the old building will be ongoing through early 2009.

‘‘We all had input and I’m happy to see the end result,” Coursey said.