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Bay Pines VA Medical Center Breaks Ground on New Eye Treatment and Ambulatory Surgery Center

February 5, 2010

The Bay Pines VA Medical Center has broken ground on a project that will enhance care for area veterans.  The VA Medical Center is constructing 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
Artist rendering of the new Eye Treatment and Ambulatory Surgery Center

The new building is being constructed by Stryker Construction Services, LLC at an estimated cost of $8.4 million and will be a freestanding building connected to the northeast side of the current hospital.  Expected to open in 2011, the building is planned for almost 30,000 square feet.

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.

According to Dr. Terry Wright, Chief of Surgery,  “The new Eye Treatment and Ambulatory Surgery Center will provide added convenience and will greatly enhance care for our Veterans.  Having state-of-the-art equipment in a new building specifically designed for these types of services enhances patient safety, increases efficiencies, and allows VA Staff to provide the best quality care available.”