Newswise — Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple broke ground on an innovative surgical sciences facility that will bring new, advanced procedures to patients in Central Texas. The new facility, slated for opening summer 2018, will be adjacent to the hospital and will increase the hospital’s number of operating room suites from 26 to 32. Existing operating rooms within the hospital will be expanded and refreshed.

“The new surgical sciences building is a necessity. Our surgical volumes are growing,” said Harry Papaconstantinou, MD, chairman for the department of surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple. “The additional operating room space will accommodate the community’s needs and the advanced surgical technology will expand our services for patients. As the only Level I trauma center between Austin and Dallas, it’s very important that we have the most modern equipment and advanced capabilities.”The expansion aims to make Central Texas a destination for patients outside of the region who need complex surgical procedures and to attract highly-skilled physicians who will bring innovative procedures to Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple.

“This facility brings high-level surgical care close to home for residents of Temple and the surrounding communities,” said Shahin Motakef, president of Baylor Scott & White Health Temple and Central Region. “With this new initiative, we are expanding our high-tech capabilities and combining them with the high-touch personal care that our patients come to expect.”

The new facility will feature 10 operating room suites, each approximately 750 square feet. The expanded size allows surgical teams to incorporate additional technology, directly into their surgeries and monitor patients in real time as they undergo procedures. The facility will also feature a dedicated external entrance, new private day surgery rooms, additional post-anesthesia care units, and high-tech instrument processing that will support advanced procedures. These additional capabilities mean increased surgical options for patients, said Stephen Sibbitt, MD, chief medical officer of Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple.

“First and foremost, we are doing this for the patient,” said Dr. Sibbitt. “We want to provide the highest quality of surgical care to our patients.”

The operating room suites will feature the latest in surgical technology, including robotic, diagnostic and monitoring tools. Real-time imaging capabilities will allow surgeons to perform complicated neurosurgical procedures, such as neurological spinal surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and more. Roomier suites allow for the additional clinicians and technology needed to perform cardiovascular procedures, such as heart transplants, and advanced techniques such as aortic valve replacements done without opening up the patient’s chest. Specialized orthopedic suites will be dedicated to many Level I trauma patients who need care instantly, freeing up other operating room space for surgeries. The technological capabilities will also expand minimally invasive options for patients, which can result in faster recovery and minimized complications. “Our new facility allows for more surgical volume and gives us the space to expand our technology and surgical services program in the future,” Motakef said. “Having this dedicated space fulfills our promise to meet the growing needs of our patients.”