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University Opens New Surgery Care Center June 27, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

University’s New Surgery Care Center and Operating Rooms Opened June 23

As of June 23, University Hospital surgical patients will register in the Surgery Care Center on the hospital’s second floor. The center is conveniently located with access by a bridge to the second floor of the main parking deck and features 18 private pre-op rooms, and two holding bays for surgical patients. The new rooms provide additional privacy and confidentiality for patient care.

The new center also eliminates one step in the patient flow process and replaces the former AM Surgery and patient holding area on the first floor. (Day Surgery patients will continue to register in Professional Center 2.)

Surgery Waiting Room

Family members can remain close in the nearby Surgery Waiting Room and may visit until the patient goes to surgery. Only one family member will be permitted in the pre-op area while the patient is being prepared for surgery. The new waiting area overlooks the first floor atrium and features two consultation rooms where surgeons and family members may speak privately. The waiting area is staffed by University volunteers and offers many conveniences, including access to wireless internet service and lockers for family and patient valuables.

The Surgery Care Center is open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 706/774-7660

Operating Room Suites

The center also is connected to the hospital’s five spacious new surgical suites, designed to better accommodate surgical robotics and other emerging technologies. The suites feature high definition viewing monitors, ceiling-mounted equipment booms, access to digital radiology and the ability to control the surgical field from a single touch panel.

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