St. Clair Hospital opens three new operating rooms
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Three new operating rooms, each filled with the latest technological advances, are expected to begin receiving patients today at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon.
The 7,429-square-foot expansion was part of a $5.5 million project to address a growing patient population. The hospital had been handling 11,000 surgical cases per year, with the volume increasing by 3 percent to 4 percent annually.
Work recently wrapped up on the project, which involved the construction of three new operating rooms and the elimination of a smaller operating room, resulting in a net increase of two operating rooms, bringing the total to 13 operating rooms.
Two of the new rooms are 600 square feet, and the third is 750 square feet.
Each is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, featuring flat panel, high-definition monitors mounted to the ceiling; in-suite imaging capabilities that will provide immediate access to radiologic or pathologic data; and the most advanced minimally invasive surgical tools, all within the surgeons' reach.
"The opening of St. Clair's new surgical suites effectively addresses the hospital's increasing rise in the number of surgical procedures it performs," said nurse Diane Puccetti, who manages the hospital's operating rooms.
The added space allows surgeons to treat patients more efficiently, reducing surgical times and putting patients on a faster road to recovery, she said.
First Published September 16, 2010 12:00 am