ORMC Surgical Areas Add More ORs

With the additional operating rooms, ORMC will have 21 operating rooms.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (May 18, 2015) — The Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Redesign and Renovation Project continues with its Surgical Services expansion and renovation. The 28,000-square-foot addition includes 10 new operating rooms, a new Post Anesthesia Care Unit area with 24 patient bays. The areas opened for surgery cases, in phases that began on Monday, May 18.

“As the number of surgical cases continues to increase at our hospital, so does our need to maximize our space and enhance our ability to meet the community’s needs,” said Sherry L. Buxton RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-C, chief surgical services officer, Adult Hospital Group, Orlando Health. “Schedules for surgeries consist of of planned surgeries and emergency same day surgeries, all of which are critical to patient care. Additional operating rooms mean more access to surgical care and more timely options for patients.”

There are 55 to 60 scheduled surgeries per day at ORMC. In addition to the planned procedures, it is not uncommon for 10 or more emergency same day surgery cases to be added to the schedule.

As a Level One Trauma Center new cases are added throughout the day at any given time,” said Buxton. “When emergent surgeries are added to the schedule, it can change the timing of planned procedures or result in delays in getting these added surgeries done in a timely manner. The new operating rooms will help keep planned surgeries on time and allow us to add cases without much adjustment to scheduling.”

With the additional operating rooms, ORMC will have 21 operating rooms.

State-of-the-art surgical systems such as the da Vinci Xi Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical, and the Medtronic O-arm Surgical Imaging System have been added to the new area.

Surgeons use the da Vinci for minimally invasive surgeries in thoracic, bariatric, general surgery and other specialties. The da Vinci features a magnified three dimensional high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate more than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci allows surgeons to operate through just a few small incisions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Because of the small incisions, rather than large incisions, patients are generally able to recover faster and with fewer complications.

The O-arm is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform that is designed for use in spine, orthopedic, and trauma-related surgeries. It provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient's anatomy with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions.

In addition to the surgical systems and surgical imaging systems technology, the operating rooms are also fitted with video integration technology. Video integration technology allows clinicians to broadcast surgeries from the operating rooms to conference room settings for teaching purposes.

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit is a specialized patient care unit that provides care for patients following surgery. In the unit, vital signs are monitored and pain management begins along with other monitoring and care needs before the patient is admitted to their next patient care unit.

In addition to the new operating rooms, advanced technology, and Post Anesthesia Care Unit, the Surgical Services expansion and renovation will include an expanded Pre-Operative Care Unit and new Endoscopy Care Unit. The two new units will be completed later this year.

The Surgical Services expansion and renovation is part of the South Expansion phase of the ORMC Redesign and Renovation Project. Other areas to be completed by summer include cardiovascular and laboratory services areas. Also part of the project, the new Emergency Department opened in April and the ORMC North Tower opened in January. The project is designed to enhance the quality of care, reinforce safety for patients and caregivers, and heighten patient satisfaction.

The entire redesign and renovation project, an estimated cost of $297 million, represents one of the largest and most significant projects in the organization’s history.

Brasfield & Gorrie served as the general contractor for the project. The architectural firm was HKS Architects, Inc.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization with more than 2,400 beds serving Central Florida and beyond. Consisting of eight wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and rehabilitation centers, Orlando Health has the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC); Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center; Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital; Orlando Health South Lake Hospital; affiliate, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

The organization includes Orlando Health Medical Group and Orlando Health Physician Associates, two of the region’s largest multi-specialty practices; a renowned cancer center – Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center (with free-standing sites in downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips community in southwest Orlando, Lake Mary, Ocoee and Clermont); four outpatient surgery centers; 10 wholly-owned, affiliated or partnership urgent care centers; and a majority interest inan entity operating five outpatient imaging centers.

More than 2,900 physicians have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees who support our philosophy of providing high-quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. Orlando Health proves this everyday with more than 112,000 inpatient admissions, more than 2.4 million outpatient visits and more than 10,000 international patients each year. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $450 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more.

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Sabrina Childress
Orlando Health
Media Relations and Public Affairs Manager
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