Two New ORs Expand Capacity at ST. FRANCIS downtown

Two new surgical operating rooms, opening early next week for patient cases at ST. FRANCIS downtown, will provide Upstate patients quicker surgery scheduling times, improved access to most advanced surgical technology—including robotic surgeries—and the latest innovations for patient safety in surgical care.

“This is a great next step for our surgery services. One of the new rooms will be solely dedicated to supporting robotic surgeries. That’s significant as we are experiencing an increasing demand for robotic surgeries in all areas—gynecological, urological and cardiac,” offers Pat Fowler, Vice President, Surgical Services, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. 

“The other room has been designed as a multi-specialty surgical environment that will focus on supporting surgical cases such as spine, orthopedic trauma and urology,” adds Fowler. 

“It’s an exciting time for the surgical field of medicine especially at St. Francis,” explains Fowler. “Our surgery teams have perfected many innovations—both in techniques and technology—that are resulting in a greatly improved patient experience. Many of these breakthrough procedures are used in minimally invasive surgeries that result in less pain, quicker recoveries and better outcomes.”

Just over 5,200 square feet of surgical space is being added with this expansion in the surgical department of ST. FRANCIS downtown. Fowler explains that while the increased space will help with operational efficiencies, there was also an intentional focus to incorporate the latest in patient and staff safety design. This includes multiple ceiling-mounted imaging screens and equipment booms in the OR rooms, along with adjacent centralized blood services for surgical areas.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has seen increases both in the growth of surgery cases overall over the last few years and in the volume of outpatient surgeries. “We’ve grown substantially in total OR volume-12.5% over the last five years. Our situation with growth of outpatient vs. inpatient volumes mirrors national trends. This expansion will allow St. Francis to support a more seamless transition as the growth continues for outpatient services,” continues Fowler.     

The construction period for the new ORs was approximately one year with costs at $3.9 million.

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