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Sleepy Hollow's Phelps Hospital Opens New SurgiCenter

The new Phelps SurgiCenter was aglow as the ribbon was cut by many of the people who led the way in planning and implementing it.
The new Phelps SurgiCenter was aglow as the ribbon was cut by many of the people who led the way in planning and implementing it. Photo Credit: Contributed

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. --  Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has opened a 20,163-square-foot surgical suite on the third floor of the 755 Medical Services Building.

The brand-new suite features five spacious, state-of-the-art operating rooms, complete with the latest surgical equipment and comfortable private patient rooms – many with a scenic Hudson River view.

“Many Phelps surgeons and staff members were consulted about the design and capabilities of the new facility,” said Richard Sinni, of Irvington, chairman of the hospital’s board, at a recent ribbon-cutting for the SurgiCenter. “The end result reflects the best ideas for creating an optimal environment for patients, clinical staff and changing technology.”

Called the Phelps SurgiCenter, the facility was designed for both inpatient and outpatient surgery. It is connected to the main hospital by a 200-foot-long enclosed bridge, permitting quick access to the full capabilities of the hospital and medical subspecialists. Proximity to the hospital ensures a level of safety that is not available at freestanding surgery centers.

“While patients who are seriously ill or need complex surgery cannot be treated at a freestanding surgery center, they can be safely cared for in the SurgiCenter,” said Dr. Richard Peress, spine surgery specialist and director of surgery.

The operating rooms have state-of-the-art technology suspended from booms that can be easily moved above the operating tables for exact positioning. There is a video system connected to a central computer station that can transmit CAT scan, MRI, fluoroscopic or X-ray images to any of the monitors in the ORs.

A unique feature of the new SurgiCenter is the STERIS RealView Visual Workflow Management System, which enables family members and friends of surgical patients to be informed about the patient’s status. Real-time updates on a patient’s location and progress throughout the surgical process are displayed on a digital screen in the waiting room. Text message updates are also provided.

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