New Operating Rooms Open at Peninsula Regional Medical Center
The first phase of an $18 million construction project at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury is now complete as four new operating rooms have been completed and readied for use by surgical teams at PRMC.
“We have the Delmarva Peninsula’s busiest operating suite, its most experienced and dedicated surgeons and surgical teams, and now its most advanced operating rooms,” said Peninsula Regional Medical Center CEO and President Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE.
The four new rooms are part of a two-story, 17,520-square-foot addition to Peninsula Regional’s surgical suite. The original 13 operating rooms and three procedure rooms were constructed in 1977. The three-year renovation project will maintain the same number of rooms, but each will be dramatically larger and more efficient.
The increase in size will help to accommodate new surgical technologies such as the da Vinci S & Si Surgical System Robots, which allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries. Previously, the surgical robots were only able to be accommodated in two of the original operating rooms. About 12,000 surgical procedures are performed annually at PRMC, from open heart to joint replacement to brain and spine surgeries — many of them robotically or laparoscopically, with very small incisions.
The new rooms have also been designed with efficiency in mind, with a layout that was created after observation of the surgical staff’s movements. The result will be a surgical suite that is 41 percent larger while increasing staff walk time by only 3 percent. HGA Architects & Engineers designed the new operating and procedure rooms; Whiting-Turner is completing the construction. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and power upgrades are also part of the renovation.
The completion of the four new rooms represents Phase 1 of the OR renovation project; during Phase 2, existing ORs — 13,300 gross square feet of existing hospital space — will be dismantled and replaced with larger, more modern rooms, in gradual steps so as not to disrupt scheduling. The next phase will take 24 to 32 months to complete.
The estimated cost of the operating room renovation is $17,955,500. The PRMC Foundation is in the midst of a campaign, co-chaired by Mr. Leighton Moore and Mr. David Rommel, to raise $3 million to go toward the renovation project.