ProMedica to open orthopaedic and spine hospitalWritten by Patrick Timmis | | email@example.com
ProMedica will open the region’s first freestanding hospital to offer exclusively orthopaedic and spine services this fall.
The hospital’s first surgery is scheduled for Sept. 29. It will have its first full day Oct. 3.
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.
The new hospital will need more than 200 new employees. Those employees will be transferred from inside ProMedica and hired from outside, said Darrin Arquette, the hospital’s vice president of operations.
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.’”
Wildwood will employ at least 17 surgeons. The exclusive focus on elective — as opposed to trauma or pediatric — orthopaedics will remove those patients from other area hospitals.
“The same type of surgery is going to be done here that’s done in all the other hospitals currently,” said orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Karl Beer. “We’re going to have better outcomes. We’re going to have less complications.”
That shift will have the dual effect of opening more space and resources in hospitals and creating a more comfortable environment for Wildwood’s patients, Arquette said.
These patients are typically healthy people with specific orthopaedic issues, he said, and it is difficult in most hospitals to promote an atmosphere of health for them when they are surrounded by people with much more serious illnesses.
The hospital is the eighth in the country and the 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.
But Beer said the goal is to only use the machine about 5 percent of the time — moving instead toward bloodless surgery, a technique he and other surgeons are utilizing more often.
“We actually found that people who required a blood transfusion after a hip or knee replacement had a 10 times higher rate of infection,” Beer said.
The bloodless process, he said, allows
surgeons to operate without infection, with less pain, without blood clots and without using blood.
This 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.