Methodist Hospital turned the first spade of earth Tuesday for a $77 million project tthat will help shape the evolution of surgery in Nebraska. It's a new surgical center that will emerge over the next three-and-a-half years.
The project will develop in three phases:
- Phase One: Extensive mechanical and electrical work to build new operating rooms. This phase involves updating the kitchen, dining room and food service areas. A new Endoscopy center will also be located on the second floor. Most of this work is happening directly above the current operating rooms. However, no more than two operating rooms will be closed at any one time.
- Phase Two: Operating Rooms. This phase will involve expanding the hospital into the space that was occupied by the employee parking garage. It also involves moving the Surgery Support area to the second floor, including the offices, locker rooms and the physicians lounge. The 15 operating rooms will be built in the newly created space on the first floor.
- Phase Three: Pre-OP and PACU Units. Construction on the Pre-Operative and Post Anesthesia Care Units are the final pieces of the project.
This is the first revonation of the operating rooms since 1968.
When the new project is finished Methodist says it will enhance its surgical offerings to include Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement - a procedure that must be done in a hybrid room. Their news release states, "The new suites will also help us to be more efficient with current surgeries."
The groundwork for the project included renovation of the employee parking garage. That part was finished in July.