A Dec. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the latest completed phase in the transformation of Christiana Care’s Wilmington campus. New facilities on the third floor of Wilmington Hospital include 13 operating rooms, Prep and Hold, Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), a surgical waiting area, OR pharmacy, GI Lab and the Anesthesia Department.
Christiana Care administrative and clinical leaders gathered in the new entrance to OR suite to thank donors whose gifts to Christiana Care were specifically designated for the ORs and Perioperative Services. The donors included:
- Anesthesia Services, P.A.
- Delaware Clinical & Laboratory Physicians, P.A.
- Charles and Turner Broll.
- Conner Strong & Buckelew, a leading insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm.
- Dr. and Mrs. Brian Galinat.
In addition to the new operating rooms, an endoscopy suite adjacent to the OR suite has opened, 3 West became a new 23-hour observation unit, and Sterile Processing moved to new space on the ground floor.
The Wilmington ORs are equipped with state-of-the-science equipment, offering patients the highest quality of care. The OR dedicated to robotic surgery is nearly 800 square feet, the largest in the health system.
Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, physician-in-chief at Wilmington campus, opened the ribbon-cutting event with remarks about The Christiana Care Way and patient- and family-centered care.
“When we talk about ‘expert and caring partners,’” he said, “the expertise is embodied by the people who are standing right here. Patients and families are experts as well. They’re experts in their own lives and their own health, and so we, as half of that partnership, pursue their expertise. The top flight skills and cutting-edge technology on display in our new facility is impressive, but they are no more important than the role of the patients and families we serve.”
Dr. Robinson’s remarks were followed by comments by physician leaders including Gerard Fulda, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Surgery; Nathan A. Merriman, M.D., of Gastroenterology Associates, P.A., Jeffry T. Zern, M.D., of Christiana Care Medical Group, and Michael B. Peters, M.D., medical director of bariatric surgery.
The expansion of the OR facilities at Wilmington will eventually allow the Bariatric Surgery Program to move from Christiana Hospital to Wilmington Hospital and allow other key surgical services to operate on the Wilmington campus.
“These exciting moves transform the surgical capabilities of the Wilmington Campus so we can better serve our neighbors,” said Judith Townsley, MSN, RN, CPAN, vice president of Perioperative Services. “Thanks to all employees who are truly making the transformation of the Wilmington Campus a reality.”
The Wilmington campus, at 14th and Washington streets, is on the same ground where Wilmington’s first homeopathic hospital opened nearly 125 years ago. Upon completion of the transformation project in 2014, the re-designed Wilmington Hospital expands by 337,000 square feet, creating a 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-science facility including a nine-story tower, an Emergency Department double its current size, a medical office building and a café.
This extraordinary transformation, which began with construction in 2009, includes:
- An expanded 30-bed Center for Advanced Joint Replacement.
- Larger intensive- and intermediate-care units that double capacity.
- 13 larger, technologically advanced operating rooms in the new surgical suite.
- A tranquil atrium and healing garden.
Throughout the construction, Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital campus has remained fully operational, providing all services and care to patients and their loved ones.