ProMedica to open orthopaedic and spine hospital in OctoberWritten by Patrick Timmis | | email@example.com
ProMedica will open the region’s first freestanding hospital to offer exlcusively orthopaedic and spine services in October 2011.
ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, which cost nearly $33 million to build, includes six operating rooms, 36 private patient rooms, inpatient physical therapy and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services.
Dr. Paul Fenton, an orthopaedic surgeon at Toledo Hospital, said the exclusive focus of the new hospital would increase its efficiency and effectiveness.
“Right now the whole medical system is inefficient,” Fenton said.
The hospital will focus on post-operative care of patients, and that is what the hospital’s team says will set it apart.
“Hospitals are kind of jacks of all trades and masters of none,” Fenton said. “And this is one of those things where you can say, ‘This is all we do.’”
The hospital is the eighth in the country and first in the area to have a Hemosafe blood bank refrigerator installed, said Holly Bristoll, the new hospital’s president. The device stores blood coded to patients’ blood types so surgeons have a readily available supply should a transfusion be necessary during an operation.
It is also ProMedica’s first all-digital hospital. Information systems in the operating rooms allow doctors to immediately access a patient’s records in case of surprises during surgery.
Fenton said the hospital would become particularly valuable to patients as baby-boomers begin to have specifically orthopaedic needs.
“The patient experience I think will be phenomenal,” Bristoll said.