Optim opens new surgery center
With more than 30 board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Optim Orthopedics on DeRenne Avenue is already an imposing presence. Now,with Wednesday’s grand opening of its newly renovated and expanded orthopedic ambulatory surgery center, the practice promises surgery patients an environment that feels more like a five-star boutique hotel than a hospital.
“We are thrilled to present our enhanced facility that focuses on making our surgical patients and their families as comfortable aspossible while they are receiving our best-in-class care,” said Connor Lawrie, administrator of Optim’s new orthopedic ambulatorysurgery center.
The new center is a dedicated musculoskeletal-focused surgery center that partners with the physicians at Optim to provide care forsuch specialties as sports medicine, total joint replacement, interventional pain management, spine, foot and ankle, hand, wrist andelbow, as well as pediatric orthopedics.
“When we say musculoskeletal, it means just about anything that involves the bone,” Lawrie said, adding that the expanded center is“basically a mini-hospital,” with four advanced operating suites, three additional procedure rooms and five extended-stay privaterecovery rooms, each with an en suite bathroom for the enhanced privacy and comfort of patients and families.
“Our goal has been to create an environment that feels like a boutique, five-star hotel to match the level of care our patients arereceiving,” Lawrie said.
Among the center’s high-end amenities are premium mattresses, high-thread-count sheets, 42-inch HD TVs, an overnight family loungeand catered dinners for patients and their families.
Chief Nursing Officer Karen Francis directs a staff of 56 full- and part-time nurses, all RNs. The center also has two anesthesiologists.
“We have an excellent 2:5 staff-to-patient ratio, even when we are full,” Francis said. Sarah Santana, a patient of Dr. Kent Woo, was the first to experience the newly renovated center. “The rooms are spacious, clean and create a peaceful atmosphere,” Santana said.
“I was able to get around with my walker and notbump into things. I enjoyed having the privacy of my own room, but knowing that the nurses were there right across the hall from mewas comforting.”
Optim Surgery Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care – or AAAHC. With the expansion of theextended-stay wing, the facility is approaching 20,000 square feet, all of which is specifically designed for patients undergoingorthopedic procedures.
“By leveraging our specialization in orthopedics, we have created a safe, comfortable, and efficient center,” Lawrie said. “We provide aunique experience by integrating our all-in-one approach, which includes state-of-the-art technology, on-site clinic, therapy andimaging.”
Optim Healthcare CEO David Castleberry said the new private overnight recovery suites have allowed the center to expand itscapabilities, particularly in the area of total joint replacement and spine procedures.
As a certified 23-hour unit, the center can often send patients who have had a total knee replacement, for example, directly down totheir physical therapy department before going home. “It’s all about getting patients back to their active lifestyles faster,” Castleberrysaid.