Fayetteville Observer: Operating rooms getting upgrades at Cape Fear Valley

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Fayetteville Observer: Operating rooms getting upgrades at Cape Fear Valley
By Alicia Banks, Staff writer

A multi-million dollar project at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center promises better care for those receiving outpatient surgeries in the coming years.

Called “Short Stay Phase II Renovation,” the $2.2 million renovation will upgrade two operating rooms and a procedure room on the second floor, equipping all three with state-of-the-art technology.

Additions include the installation of anesthesia and equipment “booms” that provide high mobile storage space for a standard operating room, said Donnie Byers, a hospital spokesman.

Susan Dees, service line director of surgery for Cape Fear Valley, said the improvements will help provide better care for patients in addition to updating the rooms.

“With increasing technology, there are more pieces needed to perform surgery,” she said. “These new rooms will accommodate the additional technology.”

She also noted the need for better patient flow. Last year, the medical center treated roughly 3,200 cases in its short stay rooms.

“We’re on target to do the same for this year,” she said.

The operating rooms set to be renovated were built in 1980 as part of the north wing expansion.

“Construction is already underway,” Byers said. “New, much brighter LED lighting systems will also be installed, as well as new, custom air circulation systems.”

Cary-based Riley Contracting Group will oversee construction. The project is slated for completion around Thanksgiving, and the rooms will be ready to use early next year, Byers said.

The renovations will span roughly 12,000 square feet in rooms where procedures are performed on the ear, nose, throat and eyes, as well as some related to gynecology, said Matthew Ketchum, director of construction management for Cape Fear Valley Health System.

The project also will include eight beds and eight recliners in two recovery areas, said Doug Freeman, a project manager for the health system.

During renovations, outpatient procedures usually scheduled for those rooms will be completed at the health system’s Hoke Hospital in Raeford.

Planning for the renovations began in 2014. The final design and funding were completed in December, Byers said.

The upgrades will coincide with the hospital preparing to open a new 28-bed observation unit later this year; it will be on the first floor of the hospital above the emergency department.

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