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High-tech surgery center puts focus on patients


Michael Maloney, medical director of the surgery center, says the center offers a patient-focused solution to address the growth in ambulatory cases as well as busy hospital operating rooms.

Medical Center opens upstate New York’s largest ambulatory surgery center

The Medical Center this summer celebrated the official opening of New York’s largest ambulatory surgery center, which started seeing patients last month.

The University of Rochester Medical Center Surgery Center features 10 operating suites and three procedure rooms equipped with advanced technology, and spacious facilities for enhanced comfort and privacy for patients and families.

The Medical Center launched plans for the center three years ago, as growth in specialty care placed more pressure on Strong Memorial’s existing operating suites for urgent, high-acuity inpatient procedures. Meanwhile, thanks to emerging, minimally invasive technologies, improved anesthesia techniques, and other innovations, many procedures that once required hospital stays can now be done as outpatient surgeries. In 1980, about 10 percent of Strong Memorial Hospital’s surgeries were ambulatory procedures; by 2005, about 50 percent of surgeries were done as outpatient procedures, making it the Medical Center’s fastest growing clinical activity.

“As the largest provider of surgeries in the region, developing an outpatient surgery center with the latest technology, focused on the highest standard of care, was a natural next step for the University to take,” says President Joel Seligman. “This surgery center is the careful blend of high-tech innovation and patient-friendly accessibility that is the hallmark of the Medical Center’s Strategic Plan.”

The 80,000-square-foot facility at 180 Sawgrass Drive, off Westfall Road in Brighton, includes 52,000 square feet devoted to patient care, including operating and procedures rooms, 43 private pre- and post-anesthesia cubicles, 10 post-anesthesia bays, a pharmacy, and facilities for sterile equipment processing.

Each patient cubicle has a portable monitoring unit that travels with the patient to the operating room and the recovery area. The second floor accommodates the surgery center’s administrative and staff needs, and will also be home to the Pain Treatment Center, the Division of Colorectal Surgery, and the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy Center.

“With demands on the hospital’s operating rooms and growth in ambulatory cases, it was clear that we needed to quickly address the issue with a patient-focused solution, which meant getting patients in for their procedure on schedule and home—where they want to be—as quickly, safely, and effectively as possible,” says Michael Maloney, medical director of the surgery center.

While area surgery centers have an average of four operating rooms, the Medical Center’s 10, plus its three procedure rooms, make it currently the largest center in the state outside the New York City region.

The surgery center anticipates 8,500 procedures will be completed at the center in its first year, including orthopaedic, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery cases, as well as some colorectal procedures. By its third year, the center’s capacity could reach 18,000 procedures annually.

The surgery center’s facilities —with 625-square-foot operating rooms and procedure rooms measuring 400 square feet–are nearly double their in-hospital counterparts. Operating rooms are equipped with the latest anesthesia, monitoring, and high-definition video devices that are boom-mounted on the ceiling, freeing up floor space for surgical staff and allowing for more efficient transitions between cases. Each room also is computerized for electronic medical records.

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