Star Valley Medical Center has officially opened the doors to the new surgery department as of Monday, Oct. 5. The new entrance is located on the north side of the hospital east of the ER entrance. Parking is located east of the helicopter pad. There will be directional signs pointing to the parking and surgery entrance.
The surgery department construction started April of 2014 and was scheduled to be completed in three phases. Phase one was an addition to the current hospital to expand the surgery department. Phase two was remodeling the old ER into the surgery space. Phase three is the modification of the current surgery department into new space. Phases one and two are complete allowing the medical center to use part of the new surgery area. Phase three has just begun and will be the most difficult as construction will be happening in the middle of the hospital.
“This expansion in our surgical services area is truly needed to help with patient flow, confidentiality, and allow our providers to function better,” said Mike Hunsaker, Chief Operating Officer. “With the new surgery department we have expanded from three pre-operative bays and two PACU bays, to seven private pre-op/post-op rooms.”
“The addition of a larger post anesthesia recovery area (PACU), third operating suite, second endoscopy suite, upgraded sterile processing, and storage areas will improve the flow for patients and providers,” Hunsaker continued.
According to Toni Kiser, surgical services director at Star Valley Medical Center, the remodeled and expanded space is ideal for patients and their families.
“We will be able to assist patients and families upon entering the surgical department by providing registration services in our department without families having to enter the hospital,” Kiser said. “Hopefully this will decrease waiting time, and we can facilitate services in a timelier manner.” “We will be offering increased privacy and security by having a separate exit for patients who will be able to have curb side pick-up service when exiting the facility,” Kiser continued. “Please note that starting Monday, Oct. 5 you will no longer use the main hospital entrance to access the surgery department. The entrance and exit for the surgery department will be on the north side of the medical center just east of the emergency room.”
Not only has the expansion allowed SVMC to update the quality of the facility but also to add more space to improve the patient experience and staff work flow. SVMC has also made a jump forward with a higher level of technology with the new equipment.
“I would put our surgery department facility, equipment technology, staff, and doctors up against any larger hospital in the big city,” said Charlie Button, SVMC Chief Executive Officer. “We are not only able to care for our local communities but are fortunate to have patients coming from outside our service area for surgeries.”
Additional features of the new surgery department include an expanded family waiting room which incorporates a fireplace built with donations from SVMC surgeons, and a family consultation room so that our providers can assist family members in establishing the next steps in the patients care.
Mike Hunsaker, SVMC COO, feels that the construction process has been successful with only a few hiccups. “Working with experts like JRW and Associates and Hogan and Associates Construction has led to a great outcome so far with our project,” he said. “The planning stages included feedback from the SVMC staff which helped reduce changes in the long run, and if something has come up, JRW and Hogan have worked with us to stay within budget.”