RTA’s design of the award-winning St. Francis Medical Center allowed for the outfitting of two future operating rooms (OR’s) and the expansion of the Pre-Op, PACU, and Phase II Recovery areas. In 2012, as the center excelled, the need for a renovation became apparent.
The design challenges of this project included upgrading smoke evacuation systems, addressing problematic expansion joint covers that inhibit gurney movement, and the privacy needs of Pre-Op and PACU.
The first of the two operating rooms designed by RTA is dedicated to orthopedic procedures and the second is used for neurological surgeries. The newly renovated operating suites include a sterile core, scrub stations, sub-sterile rooms, equipment alcoves, storage, an anesthesia workroom, a vendor supply room, a frozen section room, and a control desk with a spacious work area.
The Pre-Op, PACU and Phase II Recovery areas were expanded from 21 beds to 28. Two of the beds are enclosed in what the medical center calls “cry rooms,” which were specifically designed for pediatric patients who are scared and vocal.