Memorial Hospital vascular surgeons have a new $4.8 million operating room for their handiwork.
It’s called a “hybrid operating room” that features state of the art imaging technology displayed on two large screens next to the operating room table. Also, the Siemens Artis zeego system gives the surgeons the flexibility to perform minimally invasive surgeries and major, open surgeries in the same room during the same operation.
“It is safer for the patient because it allows us to see more precisely what we’re doing,” Dr. Patrick Neville said Tuesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“It’s a noticeable upgrade,” Neville said. “And it brings it all into one room, so the patient won’t have to move; the patient won’t have to go from one department to another department.”
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It is safer for the patient because it allows us to see more precisely what we’re doing.
Dr. Patrick Neville
Neville called the equipment “a very advantageous tool in our tool bag.”
Neville and Drs. Hans Moosa and Richard Coats will be the first members of the Memorial Medical Group to use the new O.R., which is located in a space that once had two operating rooms.
“A room like this is really incredible,” Coats said.
The first surgery in the new unit is scheduled for next Tuesday. Vascular surgeons don’t handle brain or heart surgeries, but they work on all other parts of a patient’s body. For example, if you have blood vessels blocked in your leg, they can help you out.
Mark Turner, president Memorial Regional Health Services, greeted an overflow crowd attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The toys that we have purchased for Drs. Moosa, Neville and Coats here are pretty fantastic.
Mark Turner, president Memorial Regional Health Services
“The toys that we have purchased for Drs. Moosa, Neville and Coats here are pretty fantastic,” Turner said. “It elevates the care that we provide for our patients here in the community. It is the only true vascular O.R. in the metro-east.”
Memorial Regional Health Services is jointly operated by Memorial and BJC HealthCare, which has 15 hospitals in its network. Turner said this type of operating room is located in only three other hospitals in the BJC network.
Memorial Hospital is at 4500 Memorial Drive in Belleville. Memorial Regional Health Services also includes Memorial Hospital East at 1404 Cross St. in Shiloh.