Saint Thomas debuts first of two 'hybrid' ORs

Hospital invests 'several million' to create highly advanced facilities

Saint Thomas Hospital has made a significant investment in order to be the first hospital in the state to have two “hybrid” operating rooms up and running, the first of which came online Monday.

The rooms, which will be used exclusively for cardiac and vascular procedures, combine the functions of traditional operating rooms while also incorporating advanced imaging capabilities within the rooms themselves.

“As a highly recognized leader in cardiac care, it was a logical advancement to obtain the most sophisticated and current technology in health care to match the talents and skills of our physicians,” said Dawn Rudolph, CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital. 

The rooms were created with significant design input from a handful of the hospital’s cardiac and vascular surgeons.

“There are plenty of high-tech operating rooms out there,” said Diana Fitzpatrick, executive director of surgical services at Saint Thomas. “What we now have [...] is a game-changer. The spaciousness and functionality coupled with the technology in the room will no doubt improve the flow of operations and results as well.”

According to Saint Thomas, the only other hospitals to employ two similar rooms in the eastern United States are the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. While the exact dollar figure of the investment in the rooms has not been disclosed, Saint Thomas Health described the amount as being “several million” dollars.

The second of the new rooms is expected to open for procedures this summer.