County’s First Hybrid Operating Room Opens at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

October 17, 2018

$37 Million Upgrade Includes Advanced Treatment Area Plus Six New ORs

Clinton Township – Macomb County’s first operating room designed to treat patients both surgically and with catheter-based procedures is opening this month at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

The “hybrid OR,” as well as six new, larger operating rooms, are built in a ring around a central, clean core and storage area on the hospital’s second floor. The new rooms, which replace several current operating rooms, are part of a $37 million upgrade that adds 35,000 square feet of advanced treatment areas. The rooms will be in use beginning Oct. 22.

“These highly specialized treatment areas allow us to continue the tradition of excellence at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital,” said Barbara Rossmann, hospital president and CEO. “This truly connects our patients with advanced medicine at the hands of our doctors, surgeons and surgical team.”

The 1,050-square-foot hybrid OR is double the size of a traditional operating room. Fitted with high-level imaging equipment, patients are placed on a carbon fiber table penetrable by X-ray. A large C-shaped arm moves around the table, providing internal imaging visible on 60-inch monitors in the suite. The advanced system allows surgeons, cardiologists or neurologists to view and manipulate the precise location of a catheter inside a patient’s heart, brain or internal vessels.

The hybrid OR is also prepared to become a surgical suite should a patient require a traditional approach, or to manage any emergent situation that might arise. This avoids moving the patient to another treatment area – saving valuable time.

“Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has a proud history of offering Macomb County patients advanced surgical procedures close to home,” said Dr. Harold Gallick, Division Chief of Surgery. “The hybrid suite furthers our capabilities to deliver minimally invasive procedures and catheter-based technology such as blood clot retrieval, aortic stenting and lead extractions.”

The hybrid OR also advances the hospital system’s tradition of high-level cardiology treatments.

“Henry Ford Health System is already a Michigan leader in catheter-based valve replacements and repairs, complicated coronary interventions and life-saving heart treatments for patients turned away elsewhere,” said Dr. Steve Harrington, Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. “As our technology increases, so does our ability to serve even more patients in need of these services. And we see this need growing across southeast Michigan as our population ages.”

The imaging equipment moves throughout the room on tracks in the ceiling. The table lifts and moves, increasing access to the patient. Special LED surgical lights with 360-degree movement are easily focused where needed. Overhead arms also hold gas supply lines, and high-tech cameras for consultation with other doctors or streaming for educational purposes. In all, eight arms, or booms, in the ceiling keep wires and equipment off the floor, always an issue in an operating room. Surgical supplies for all the new rooms including the hybrid are available nearby in the sterile central storage area, transferred through pass-throughs cabinets built into the walls.

“The safety and efficiency of these features allow us to provide the best care and outcome for the patient,” Dr. Gallick said. “It also helps us to attract and retain the most talented surgeons.”
While none of the other ORs contains all of the equipment in the hybrid OR, each is uniquely equipped for the highly specialized procedures offered at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

The opening of the new ORs and hybrid room are part of a nine-phase project that began in 2013, when workers filled in a central atrium for additional square footage on both the first and second floors. To capture all the square footage necessary for the surgery area, the Inpatient Pharmacy and Central Sterile Processing Department were relocated to the first floor.

The next phase of the project, which will open in November, includes a new area for catheter-based procedures, or Cath Lab, and a new interventional radiology treatment area. In the spring, new pre- and post-operative areas for patients; a new and improved waiting area for family and friends; new staff locker rooms, and a new staff lounge will open.

The project, the Wayne & Joan Webber Department of Surgery, is named for its lead donors.

“We are so grateful to all of our donors who helped to make this expansion possible so that we can continue to perform complex, advanced medical and surgical procedures here at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital,” said Rossmann.

The projects have been designed by Troy, Mich.-based SSOE Group. Roncelli Inc. of Sterling Heights, Mich. is providing construction management for the projects.

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