News of Note for Surgeons, Hospitals & Surgery Centers

GS&P Provides Hybrid OR Design Expertise Nationwide

Nashville-based Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm, recently announced the completion of several hybrid operating rooms at hospitals and medical facilities across the country. Recent projects include three hybrid ORs at Nashville’s Saint Thomas Hospital, two of which will be used for cardiac and vascular procedures and one for neurosurgical procedures.

The local projects bring the number of completed GS&P-designed hybrid ORs nationwide to 11, a little more than 10 percent of the approximate 100 hybrid operating rooms in the United States. Seven other projects are currently under design by GS&P for facilities across the country.

Hybrid ORs provide surgeons and physicians with advanced surgical innovations and imaging equipment for a variety of procedures in one centralized location. The rooms are planned to increase patient safety, decrease procedure times, and eliminate patient transfers to imaging rooms before and after surgery, which could result in improved cost efficiency and fewer medical errors. Hybrid ORs also facilitate quality outcomes as surgeons have the opportunity to verify or adjust procedures live during an operation. Additionally, various hybrid systems can communicate with other systems located throughout a facility.

“Studies have predicted that approximately 75 percent of cardiovascular surgeons will be working in a hybrid operating suite in the next three-to-five years,” commented Orlando Lopez-Isa, executive vice president at GS&P. He added his company is pleased to take a leading role in the creation of these advanced surgical theaters.


TriStar Southern Hills Inks Joint Venture with Premier Orthopaedic Surgery Center

Last month, TriStar Southern Hills announced the formation of a joint venture with Premier Orthopaedic Surgery Center and TriStar Health to expand its outpatient surgery capabilities and strengthen partnerships with physicians in Middle Tennessee.

According to officials, the partnership is a natural extension of the significant growth in orthopaedic services at TriStar Southern Hills and other TriStar hospitals in the area. “We have seen a tremendous growth in the need for orthopaedic services in the markets we serve, and a partnership with Premier allows us to offer greater coverage with more options for patients and their families,” said Thomas Ozburn, CEO of TriStar Southern Hills.  

TriStar Health will serve as the managing partner in the joint venture. Premier brings to the partnership 10 leading orthopaedic surgeons who complete approximately 2,400 orthopaedic surgical cases per year. TriStar and Premier expect to expand the partnership over time to include additional physicians. 


Shareable Ink Partners with Medical Web Technologies

Nashville-based Shareable Ink and Medical Web Technologies of Scituate, Mass. recently teamed up to provide a seamless flow of information throughout surgical visits to help facilities meet Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services new quality reporting metrics. The cloud-based solution integrates information collected pre-operatively by Medical Web Technologies’ One Medical Passport System directly into Shareable Ink’s intraoperative system.

According to the companies, by digitizing a patient’s entire surgical visit, facilities are able to streamline workflow, increase efficiency and improve patient care. The combined solution automatically populates billing systems with all required demographic and charge details.

Surgical patients are instructed to log onto the secure web-based One Medical Passport to complete personal demographic, insurance and medical information. Once verified, the information flows directly into Shareable Ink’s intraoperative EHR and populates all of the relevant sections of the anesthesia pre-operative assessment. 

The surgery is then documented using Shareable Ink’s digital pen or iPad technology, creating an electronic anesthesia record. Clinical and business rules embedded into Shareable Ink’s solution deliver immediate feedback and help to ensure documentation is complete and compliant. In addition to storing the patient record online, data is output from the system in a structured and codified format for billing, quality reporting, and operational analysis and is interoperable with a facility’s other health information systems. 



New Surgical Services Leaders Join TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital

In June, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s announced the addition of Rob Atkinson, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA, as the administrative director of surgical services and Erika Ayers, RN, BSN, CNOR, as assistant director of surgical services.

Atkinson received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of North Alabama. He most recently served as the manager of orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In his new role, Atkinson is responsible for strategic planning and operations of TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s surgical services.

Ayers received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. She most recently served as the surgical services manager for the Comprehensive Surgery Center at Baptist Hospital. In her new role, Ayers is responsible for the daily operations and budget for TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital operating room.