Northwest Medical Center Announces $50 Million Operating Room Expansion
Tucson, AZ (August 6, 2012) — Today, Northwest Medical Center (NMC) announced plans to invest almost $50 million in an operating room expansion which will deliver an entirely new surgical wing and accommodate a growing demand for surgical services. The project will be completed in a series of phases and service will not be disrupted by the expansion which is set to break ground this winter. It is scheduled for completion within 18-20 months of construction beginning.
Currently, NMC has 12 operating rooms. The expansion will bring NMC's operating room total to 16 rooms, all outfitted as minimally invasive OR suites. An increasing number of surgeries are minimally invasive and the new suites will better accommodate that technology. Operating rooms will be an average of 550 square feet; the existing suites average 400 square feet. Larger rooms will allow greater access for the da Vinci® Robot for minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Dr. Richard Chua, chairman of NMC's Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff, said, "As a surgeon, I'm excited Northwest is looking to the future with this expansion. It's more than just having additional surgical suites and the most up-to-date surgical technology in its operating rooms; it really demonstrates Northwest's commitment to both its patients, physicians and staff to stay on the cutting edge of healthcare in the Tucson community."
The expansion allows for a new integrated hybrid suite, designed specifically for advanced cardiac and vascular surgical procedures. It combines a traditional OR with the advanced imaging systems of a cardiac catheterization lab, affording NMC patients with the best of both areas of expertise. For example, patients with blocked arteries can undergo stent procedures performed by a cardiologist and single by-pass grafts performed by a cardiac surgeon in a single procedure. Prior to hybrid rooms, those would have been two separate procedures in different areas of the hospital. Hybrid rooms support interventional imaging procedures as well as surgical procedures, allowing physicians from different specialties to work together. The hybrid suite will also be an ideal environment for single-graft robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.
"We consistently explore ways to better serve our employees, physicians and, of course, our patients," said Kevin Stockton, CEO. "The operating room expansion allows us to continue to deliver on that commitment. We're most excited about the new hybrid room. We currently provide a high level of cardiac care but this room will take our cardiovascular services to an even higher level."
Along with OR expansion, NMC will renovate one of its Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Labs for those patients who do not need the level of care the hybrid suite offer. As with all cardiac patients, time is critical. NMC's new Cath Lab will be outfitted with the latest, state-of-the art equipment, including new 3D cardiac mapping, electrophysiology (EP), x-ray and monitoring equipment, while minimizing radiation exposure. The equipment will allow cardiologists to view images of the coronary arteries at a higher resolution, resulting in faster diagnosis and the ability to begin life-saving treatments earlier.
Although these procedures are currently performed at NMC, this step up in diagnostic capabilities will give patients the peace-of-mind their surgeons have access to some of the most sophisticated technology available.
The new surgical wing will be extended from the current building out onto the existing surgery parking area. The expansion will also allow for future vertical growth of the hospital as the need arises.