Beebe Healthcare is creating the next generation of care, starting with current construction to add needed cardiac and vascular space.
Construction, which was started late last year, is removing the former linear accelerator used when Beebe’s Oncology Services were at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. By removing old equipment and renovating current space, Beebe is able to add new advanced treatment areas to the existing building, said Angel Aguilar, Director of Facilities at Beebe Healthcare.
“This is a really exciting project because we are being creative with space we already have,” Aguilar said. “We have worked with a great project team to be able to visualize how the construction can make alterations to our current floor plan to add space for advanced technology.”
The current construction is ongoing and will add new cardiac cath lab space, new electrophysiology lab space, and bring the first hybrid operating room to Sussex County. In addition, exterior maintenance is being done and visitors may see scaffolding and additional work vehicles on the east side and front of the building on Savannah Road.
These new spaces will allow for expanded services as part of Beebe’s award-winning cardiac and vascular program. The Interventional Cardiology team was recognized by Healthgrades for being in the Top 10 percent in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for two years in a row (2017-2018).
These projects and many of the projects at Beebe Healthcare are made possible by generous donations from the community through Beebe Medical Foundation. To find out more about donating visit www.beebemedicalfoundation.org or call (302) 644-2900.
As the cardiac and vascular projects near completion in the next year, the construction of the patient wing will start and allow for improved ease of access for patients and visitors in the Medical Center, said Rick Schaffner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Beebe.
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What is a Hybrid Operating Room?
The state-of-the-art hybrid operating room is an efficient surgical theater, offering the latest in advanced imaging technology for vascular surgeons and surgical teams. The streamlined procedures performed in the new operating room will allow patients to undergo both open surgery and endovascular or minimally invasive procedures in the same room. Complex imaging equipment allows surgeons to have real-time access and visibility of peripheral arteries within the body, while they are working to repair or bypass blockages.
Hybrid operating rooms are complex working environments where a team of surgeons, interventionalists, nurses, anesthesiologists, and radiology technicians work seamlessly together.
The vascular team at Beebe is creating this surgical space from the ground up. Having the surgical team involved in the design is one way Beebe is working to create the space to fit the team, instead of the other way around.
Vascular surgeons Dr. Sean Ryan, Dr. Carlos Neves, and Dr. Kevin Caldwell have trained in hybrid operating rooms and are excited to bring this new space to the community. They provide expert care, close to home, for those living, working, and visiting Sussex County.
“This project will create a 1,434-square-foot space for a new hybrid operating room,” said Angel Aguilar, Director of Facilities at Beebe.
The project will also make room for the construction of a third cardiac cath and electrophysiology lab in a larger 2,565-square-foot space.
“It will also create additional 1,434-square-foot space on the first floor for a fourth cardiac cath lab, as well as future space for cardiac and vascular lab expansion,” Aguilar said.
The hybrid operating room will be the first of its kind for Beebe Healthcare.
“It is an exciting process that brings together our vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, radiologists, and support teams to build an operating room that will provide the latest in advanced imaging technology for vascular surgeons and allows patients to undergo both open surgery and endovascular or minimally invasive procedures in the same room,” said Rick Schaffner, Executive Vice President, Beebe Healthcare.
This surgical theatre will offer the complex imaging equipment allows surgeons to have real-time access and visibility of peripheral arteries within the body, while they are working to repair or bypass blockages.