Oakwood unveils new surgical center

Officials at Oakwood Healthcare unveiled a new state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor recently.

The new space includes four operating rooms, along with 29 private pre-operative bays and 12 at-large recovery bays designed to enhance the overall patient experience, said Kelly Smith, Division President of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.

“The expansion will allow Oakwood Heritage Hospital to provide patients and physicians with an enhanced facility focused on creating an extraordinary experience,” said Smith.

The four new operating rooms are 700-square-feet in size, larger than the standard 500-square foot operating rooms typically found at hospitals in order to provide a larger than normal space for orthopedic operations and training. All spaces are equipped with the latest technology and were designed to improve the overall atmosphere of the hospital for patients and guests alike.

The new wing is part of a Oakwood’s $31 million effort to create the Bone & Joint Institute that began in late 2010 and includes the 12-bed bone-and-joint unit designed specifically with the needs of orthopaedic patient in mind. That was completed earlier this year; subsequent phases include construction of a new dedicated entrance and registration area as well as a family waiting area designed to accommodate the special needs of patients and the long waits families endure during their loved one’s surgery. The final phase should be complete by June, 2012.

CUTLINES: Orthopedic Surgeon Lawrence Morawa, MD, (center) shows Doug Welday, executive vice-president of operations for Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. and Division President Kelly Smith some of the equipment at the new surgical pavilion at Oakwood Heritage Hospital. (Below) The new nurses' station looks out over the post-surgery bays.