The Press Newspaper
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital’s recently completed Endoscopy Center is drawing positive reviews from patients, physicians and staff.
The new 4,600 square foot center, which was completed in July, was constructed in what was “shell space” in the hospital’s Garden Level. The unused space was built intentionally for future growth and expansion.
Prior to the center’s construction, endoscopies, colonoscopies, bronchoscopies and similar procedures were performed in non-adjacent rooms in the hospital’s pre-op area, which was often very busy and sometimes crowded.
Because of its self-contained design, the new Endoscopy Center offers more privacy and convenience for patients and increased efficiency for staff and physicians as they move patients through the course of the procedure, said Nema Sanderson, BSN, RN, Patient Care Supervisor, Pre-Op/PACU/Endo/OTC.
Patients scheduled for a procedure in the center, come in the designated entrance, complete the registration process, then take the elevators to the Garden Level where they’ll find the Endoscopy Center entrance, Sanderson said.
Inside the suite, a waiting area features an open design, clean modern furnishings and earth tones, intended to create a relaxing atmosphere. The center includes 10 patient bays, including one isolation room; two procedure rooms and expansion space for one more; adjacent storage and reprocessing rooms for equipment; men’s and women’s locker rooms; a lounge/break room; office space and a consultation room where physicians can meet privately with patients’ families.
The new $1.4 million center also includes energy-saving features in keeping with the hospital’s Green Initiative; state-of-the-art equipment, including software upgrades and larger, movable monitors in the procedure rooms; Pyxis medication dispensers designed to improve medication safety; and workstations a for enhanced staff convenience. Wider doorways accommodate oversized wheelchairs and all stretcher accommodate up to 700 pounds for the comfort and safety of bariatric patients.
“Before, our patients were mixed in with general surgery patients,” Sanderson said. “The great thing about the new center is, everyone’s having a similar procedure.”
More than 300 procedures have been completed in the center since its opening in July. “The added capacity allows us to schedule more patients, reducing wait times for patients scheduling procedures,” Sanderson said.
“Initially, Bay Park opened with only one Endo Suite,” said Darrell Wachowiak, Associate Vice President, Operations and Administration. “As need grew, another room into a second suite, but because it wasn’t its own unit, it didn’t flow – it didn’t work well.
“The new center is better for the patients, staff and physicians too,” he said.