Open House held at surgery center

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

The public got its first look at the Vaughan Regional Medical Center’s new surgery center Sunday during an Open House.

The 17,200-square-foot facility, located adjacent to the hospital, is a $7.2 million project.

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“This physical facility complements people and technology we already have in place,” said Barry Keel, hospital administrator.

He added that the facility will be on par with any surgery center in the state.

Between 350 and 400 patients have outpatient surgery a month at the hospital, officials said.

The surgery center has a reception area, pre-admissions lab, consulting area, nurses station, pre-op staging area and post-op area.

There are 27 hospital beds, a surgery waiting room and endoscopy suites.

“What (the center) is going to do is take all of our surgical procedures and put them in one area,” Chief Operating Officer Allen Peters said.

“So the patients that come for procedures will all go to the same location, they will be registered in that area, they’ll be prepped for surgery in that area and will be discharged from there,” he said.

Peters said the center will

make pre-and-post surgery operations convenient for patients, surgeons, nurses and operating room techs by alleviating patient flow.