One of the single most exciting enhancements to the new Silver Cross Hospital opening Feb. 26 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox is the consolidation of surgery, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures into one integrated area—the Procedural Care Unit (PCU). Located on the second floor of the replacement hospital, each of these areas is conveniently adjacent to the PCU Family Lounge and also many private pre/post procedural rooms. The PCU has been designed for flexibility, operational efficiencies, and advanced technology.
As surgical procedures continue to migrate toward being less invasive, radiological, cardiac, and gastroenterology have become more therapeutic and interventional. When the new hospital opens, the PCU will be the single location that provides the equipment, supplies and personnel for all procedural patients regardless of the specialty or modality. In the new hospital, the expertise of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) staff and specialized nursing care will be delivered to all procedural and pre/post areas—not just to patients coming from the operating rooms (ORs). Each of the 11 large ORs is universal in design and grouped in pods so that surgeons performing like procedures can move between rooms more easily. And the Interventional Core where the cath labs, interventional radiology suites, and electrophysiology procedure rooms are located is immediately adjacent to two large ORs that can be converted to cardiac surgical suites in the future if and when the need arises.
To enhance the patient-family experience, the PCU will be supported by a standardized process for patient scheduling and pre-procedural preparation, inventory management, charge capture, environmental service and best-practice nursing care. For example, the Anesthesia Department provides services to every area in the PCU. Currently, these services are needed in various areas throughout the hospital. In the replacement hospital, the anesthesiologist only needs to travel down a hallway saving valuable time. “One way that we have streamlined processes is by centralizing scheduling and patient registration into one convenient area at the entrance to the PCU,” says Jo Kilpatrick, Manger of Same Day Surgery and PACU at Silver Cross Hospital. “Another is by adjusting the hours of operation of the pre-post procedural rooms to not only accommodate expanded procedural schedules but also care for inpatients if necessary during high census times.”
Some of the other ways that we have improved operational efficiencies include:
- Placing storage closer to point of use
- Dedicating a trauma elevator from the Emergency Department to the PCU
- Having 2 physician/family consult rooms with dual access
- Storing surgical/interventional supplies in the Sterile Processing Department
- Dedicating two pediatric recovery rooms with external access for patients
In designing the PCU, Silver Cross has brought in some of the latest and greatest technology available. Each of the 11 state-of-the-art operating rooms has overhead equipment and video booms to improve procedural ergonomics and digital imaging. “When we open, staff in 6 of the ORs will be able to browse through images and show them on several monitors hanging from the ceiling so that everyone involved in the case knows what is going on,” says Pat Kroesch, Manager or Surgery and Endoscopy at Silver Cross Hospital. “There is also special green surgical lighting which makes seeing patient’s anatomy easier.” In one of the ORs, the Hospital will have a DaVinci surgical system, which is is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console. It is commonly used for prostatectomies and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. And later this summer, Silver Cross will be adding biplane angiography imaging system to the Interventional core. “The biplane is recognized for its effectiveness in diagnosing and treating stroke,” says Brendan Casey, Manger of Cardiology and Interventional Radiology at Silver Cross Hospital. The system shows an extremely precise 3-D image of the blood vessels in the brain and permits the neuroendovascular surgeon to treat the stroke patient in several ways. The new Silver Cross Hospital will also have anesthesia Pyxis (medication) machines, a negative pressure endoscopy lab to accommodate bronchoscopies and Bronchial Endoscopic Ultrasound which are currently performed in an OR, and an automatic glide system for instrument loading in Sterile Processing.
Take a Tour! The community is invited to take a tour of the Procedural Care Unit and other areas of the new Silver Cross Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour reservations are being accepted at http://www.silvercross.org/about-us/replacement-hospital/the-illumination-gala/housewarming-tour There will also be a variety of entertainment, a special visit from the Joliet Slammers and guests can enter the “Name the Robot Contest” for a chance to win a Sony Bloggie Touch Video Camera. Onsite parking will be available with shuttle bus service to the main entrance.