Covenant Medical Center Reveals New Operating Rooms, Surgical Area Following $7.7 Million Renovation
by Augusta Sires
Covenant Medical Center just wrapped up a $7.7 million renovation of its surgical services area that will benefit surgeons and the patients they care for. The 18 month long project resulted in two new operating rooms and a renovated post-anesthesia care unit, as well as a reconstructed locker room, break room, control desk and nurses’ station.
“The new operating rooms are bigger than any others currently at Covenant, measuring 725 square feet,” said Shelly Burton, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa Director of Surgical Services. “These rooms are necessary for our surgeons to perform large scale surgical procedures. They can also accommodate our da Vinci® robotic equipment as needed. The rooms include state-of-the art equipment, some of which was purchased with funds raised by the Covenant Foundation.”
A unique feature of these rooms are “pass through” cabinets, which allow surgical associates to restock required supplies and fluids from outside of the operating room, decreasing traffic in and out of the operating room’s sterile environment.
The renovated post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) offers more space for patient care.
“Our PACU expanded, and with a growing census, we will be able to accommodate more patients,” said Shelli Reab, Manager of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Covenant Medical Center. “We added new bedside monitors, an extra nurses’ station, and a desk area for surgeons and anesthesiologists, making them more accessible to our team and patients after surgery.”
The additional renovated space included in this project will offer better functionality for the entire surgical services team.
“When planning for this project, we wanted our team to be able to perform their tasks as effectively as possible,” said Jill Rosauer, Manager of Surgical Services at Covenant Medical Center. “These refreshed areas also offer a new layer of comfort and more welcoming environment for our patients.”
Covenant Medical Center will showcase the new surgical services area at an internal open house in June.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit