MONROE, La. (KNOE) - St. Francis Medical Center unveiled its new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room. The $3 million renovation is part of its St. Francis Forward campaign.
"It is one of its kind in northeast Louisiana," says Dr. Sarah Aftab Ahmad, cardiovascular surgeon for St. Francis. Ahmad says it's one more way they are providing the very best care in the area. "What we want is we want to bring all these new technologies to northeast Louisiana, and we want to offer it to our people."
The first thing patients might notice is the green lights that will help speed up surgery times by allowing everyone to focus on their task. "As the room lights are being dimmed, we get better visualizations on our cameras and through our radiation.” Ahmad says.
“These lights help our staff do their work, help everyone else do their work while not disturbing the surgeons and the cardiologists or any interventionists from doing their job."
This new hybrid OR is double the size of most operating rooms, which allows for teams to have all of the tools they need to perform any surgery in one room. It also eliminates the need to move patients to other rooms should they need another procedure.
"We can do endovascular surgeries here, and if need be, we can convert them to open. We have different sets of tables for both kinds of utilities that we need. We have all the latest technologies available that can be offered in any bigger institution, and this room helps us take care of the patient all in one setting."
Between the extra space, latest technology and greater imaging accuracy, Ahmad says this will improve the overall experience for patients.
"Everything we've been trying since heart surgeries started is evolving it. Trying out better ways, newer technology, ways which recovery time can be expedited and ways patients can be taken care of in the most efficient manner. Now, we're coming up with technologies that are better, less invasive and giving the equal result we have."
"It's efficiency. It's modern technology, bringing the best care to patients, and giving to the community."
They hope to perform their first surgery in the new hybrid OR later this week.