Jun 2, 2016

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Surgery at Pella Regional: Growth!

Surgery-at-Pella-Regional--GrowthGoodness, we have been BUSY in our Surgery area over the last year or two. It’s amazing how many more people are choosing to have their procedures at Pella Regional. It’s something we’re really excited and proud of as it shows the faith patients have in the doctors, staff, environment and culture here.

In fact, so many are choosing us, we’ve needed to expand to an additional operating room. We renovated the surgery area this spring to include an additional operating room which will be primarily used for robotic surgery. This expansion allows for better scheduling and flexibility for all of the surgical specialties who are providing care to patients.

The hospital now has a total of 4 operating rooms, a dedicated urologic room, two endoscopic procedure rooms, a post-anesthesia care unit focused on recovery and additional outpatient admissions rooms for before and after surgery.

We just keep growing and it’s great!

In 2015, Pella Regional saw a 17.7 percent increase in surgical procedures over 2014; and there has been a nearly 30 percent increase over 2013.
Robotic surgeries have also increased in volume over the last few years, performing more than 500 cases in 2015. The total number of surgical procedures performed in 2015 was 5,407.

Pella Regional partnered with Stryker and Intuitive Surgical to design the larger operating room to be a fully integrated room for multiple types of robotic surgery, the first of its kind in Iowa. The equipment in the operating room communicates during surgical cases without the need for numerous wires, cords and other equipment.

The improved design allows for a more efficient work flow. The updated “boom” houses video and robotic support equipment used throughout each case. Its mounted configuration helps provide a cordless operating room from a robotics component standpoint. Having the tower on the boom eliminates the need for an extra vision tower to better provide surgeons, staff and nurse anesthetists more room around the patient.

It’s really exciting for all of the staff involved. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to bring all of our staff and the public through the operating room to check it out. So, we recently worked on a video so we could show off all of the great improvements! Check it out!

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