We have completed construction of a 2-story building which will house a new Eye Treatment Center on the first floor and an Ambulatory Surgery Center on the second floor.
Artist rendering of the new Eye Treatment and Ambulatory Surgery Center
The new building was constructed by Stryker Construction Services, LLC at an estimated cost of $8.4 million. It is a freestanding building connected to the northeast side of the current hospital. The Eye Treatment and Outpatient Surgery Center is set to activate in October 2012. This activation includes the first floor of the building and some surgical units. Full activation of all surgical services is expected in 2013.
The Eye Treatment Center, will offer a variety of diagnostic, examination, and treatment services for numerous eye conditions such as specialized low vision, cataracts, glaucoma, and medical retina conditions (including diabetes and macular degeneration), as well as eye problems related to traumatic brain injury. Many of these services are currently offered at Bay Pines but the new Center will provide convenience to veterans and additional capacity to treat the growing number of veterans with eye related diseases. Moving the Eye Center to the new building will also free up space in the current hospital for expansion of other departments. The Eye Treatment Center will employ over 15 staff.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center will be a complete day-surgery center where patients report for their procedures in the morning, have their surgery, recuperate, and depart from the Center. There will be 4 Smart OR operating rooms, which use an integrated system of digital equipment for minimally invasive surgeries, as well as multiple recovery rooms. The Center will perform surgeries like: cataract surgery, arthroscopies, biopsies, excisions, and most ENT and plastic surgery procedures where the patient would be going home the same day. These services are currently offered at Bay Pines; however they are not performed in a single location. The new Center allows all of the services to be provided in one location which enhances patient safety and convenience, increases OR efficiency, and will free up the current operating rooms to be used for patients who need to be admitted to the hospital. The new Center will employ a variety of healthcare professionals such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists, nurses, and technicians.