The new Avera Surgery Center opens for patients July 6th, but we got inside this week for a sneak peak. Since same day surgeries account for 65% of all surgeries, the new center will be greatly utilized with you the patient in mind.
The new Avera Surgery Center is located on the 4th floor of the new Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls on the east end of Avera McKennan's campus. It offers valet parking and a dedicated entrance. Inside the 34,000 square foot facility you will find state-of-the-art equipment and a stream-lined lay out designed with you and your family in mind.
Assistant VP of Perioperative Services at Avera McKennan Patty Jagoe says, "Anything we can do on an outpatient basis we will do here. Things from hernia repairs, gallbladder surgery, ear tubes for kids, PE tubes for kids, tonsillectomies. Anything outpatient will now be done here."
Each patient will have their own pre-op room. They will return to that same room for the 2nd part of their recovery. The same day Surgery Center hosts 8 oversized surgical suites that are loaded with all the bells and whistles a surgeon and his staff could dream of. Directly following surgery, the patient comes to the first stage of recovery to wake up.
Outpatient Services Director Daren Smith says, "It is all about the patient. It's about creating a very good patient experience. No one wants to have surgery and no one wants to be here, but we are going to make it as comfortable as possible."
When a patient registers they are given a badge with a sensor. Both staff and their loved ones will always know where they are at without having to ask thanks to a high-tech piece of equipment called the patient tracker board located in the waiting room. The healthcare staff all has them on too.
Daren Smith says, "It just gives them a feeling of control. Everyone knows when you have surgery you have so little control so it gives them an opportunity to see what's happening and it gives us an opportunity to run a more efficient process because we always know where they are at too."
And efficiency is really want we all want when surgery is involved because it gets us home sooner and on the road to recovery faster.