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Hybrid Operating Room - Coming to Lewes
Beebe Healthcare is working to create the next generation of vascular surgery here in Lewes.
Two new HVAC units were lifted to the top of the new building addition. Watch the video.
Bricks went up on the outside of the building. Inside crews worked to install equipment in the new Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab), which will likely be open to serve patients in June 2019.
Steel walls were erected to form the building that will encase the hybrid operating room and EP Lab.
Construction, which began in 2018, has removed the former linear accelerator used when Beebe’s Oncology Services were at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. By removing old equipment and renovating current space, Beebe is able to add new advanced treatment areas to the existing building, said Angel Aguilar, Director of Facilities at Beebe Healthcare.
What is a Hybrid Operating Room?
The vascular and construction-design teams are working together to design, create, and implement the new hybrid operating room. This surgical theater offers the latest in advanced imaging technology for vascular surgeons and allows patients to undergo both open surgery and endovascular or minimally invasive procedures in the same room. Complex imaging equipment allows surgeons to have real-time access and visibility of peripheral arteries within the body, while they are working to repair or bypass blockages.
Hybrid operating rooms are complex working environments where a team of surgeons, interventionalists, nurses, anesthesiologists, and radiology technicians work seamlessly together. This surgical theatre will offer the complex imaging equipment allows surgeons to have real-time access and visibility of peripheral arteries within the body, while they are working to repair or bypass blockages.
The vascular team at Beebe has designed this surgical theatre space from the ground up. Having the surgical team involved in the design is one way Beebe is working to create the space to fit the team, instead of the other way around.
Vascular surgeons Dr. Sean Ryan, Dr. Carlos Neves, and Dr. Kevin Caldwell have trained in hybrid operating rooms and are excited to bring this new, efficient, surgical space to the community. They provide expert care, close to home, for those living, working, and visiting Sussex County.
Details of the Hybrid Operating Room at Beebe:
The current project, funded by generous donations from the community through Beebe Medical Foundation, will utilize existing space for a new 4,302-square-foot cardiac and vascular treatment area.
“This project will create a 1,434-square-foot space for a new hybrid operating room,” said Angel Aguilar, Director of Facilities at Beebe.
The project will also make room for the construction of a third cardiac cath and electrophysiology lab in a larger 2,565-square-foot space.
“It will also create additional 1,434-square-foot space on the first floor for a fourth cardiac cath lab, as well as future space for cardiac and vascular lab expansion,” Aguilar said.
The hybrid operating room will be the first of its kind in Sussex County.
“It is an exciting process that brings together our vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, radiologists, and support teams to build an operating room that will provide the latest in advanced imaging technology for vascular surgeons and allows patients to undergo both open surgery and endovascular or minimally invasive procedures in the same room,” said Rick Schaffner, Executive Vice President, Beebe Healthcare.
These projects and many of the projects at Beebe Healthcare are made possible by generous donations from the community through Beebe Medical Foundation. To find out more about donating visit www.beebemedicalfoundation.org or call (302) 644-2900.