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Sunday, 27 September, 2009 12:47 PM

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland opens new, $60 million surgical pavilion

State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms with the Latest Technology and Enhanced Patient Care

Photo credit: Marx Layne & Co.

The new operating suite at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

Pontiac, Mich. — St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) unveiled today its new, two-story Surgical Pavilion, on the east side of the hospital. The hospital is located at 44405 Woodward Ave., north of Square Lake Road, in Pontiac.

The new pavilion marks the culmination of Phase I of a two-phase project. The 50,000-square- foot expansion will eventually accommodate 12 technically advanced operating suites, which are being relocated from an existing part of the main building, constructed in 1927. Eight operating rooms are ready for the first surgeries to be performed on Oct. 5.

“The opening of the new Surgical Pavilion allows us to better serve our patients, be more competitive in the marketplace and provide a further incentive in recruiting additional top medical staff to our hospital,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO president and CEO. “The design of the pavilion encompasses wish lists from surgeons and staff, making it a more comfortable work environment and leading to better outcomes for our patients.”

The pavilion houses surgical suites nearly double the size of the current operating rooms. The suites will be fully integrated with video capabilities, allowing for diagnostic imaging to be displayed in the operating suites and transmitted to other areas for teaching and consulting. Medical records, pharmacy, telephone paging systems and more will be electronically linked to the suites for immediate access by surgical teams.

The new facility includes safety features such as ceiling-mounted surgical booms to eliminate the risk of tripping over cords or accidentally unplugging equipment, along with improved ergonomic conditions to provide an enhanced work environment for surgeons. Environmentally friendly features include the use of LED “cool lights” to provide energy efficient, brilliant white lighting that produces less heat, and heating and cooling systems that automatically regulate temperature when rooms are not in use. Other environmentally friendly processes include less waste and reduction in water and energy usage.

The new Surgical Pavilion is designed to provide a seamless flow for patients, allowing for easier navigation and showing location at all times via a patient tracking system. Additionally, staff can monitor the progress of surgeries and begin readying the next patient sooner to move into the operating room as quickly as possible.

SJMO is a recognized leader as a quality healthcare provider, including a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Heart Hospital, a nationally recognized Joint Care Center and the first hospital in Michigan to achieve Primary Stroke Center certification. SJMO also offers the latest version of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, the robotic surgical technology that enables complex surgery to be performed using a minimally invasive approach.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the
patient experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland or Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.sjmercyhealth.org.

Source: Marx Layne & Co.

 

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