Kent Hospital today held a ceremonial ribbon cutting and community open house marking the completion of construction on the new 30,000 square-foot Ambulatory Surgery Center, located within the new Ambulatory Services Pavilion. The facility is a leading example of cutting edge technology and design in
The surgery center is equipped with eight surgical suites, five expansive and three smaller rooms, designed specifically for endoscopic technology and interventional spine procedures. The suites are equipped with and managed from a main console that allows one member of the surgical team to control various features of the room and comes with state-of-the-art anesthesia equipment. The design of the facility allows easy access from every room to the central surgical core. The surgery center is connected directly to Kent's full service acute care facility in the event a patient needs to be brought to the main hospital for further care. The new surgery center, located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Services Pavilion, has 28 oversized pre- and post-operative bays for a patient's preparation and recovery. The waiting room offers free Wi-Fi, a café, and monitors so friends and family can privately track a patient's progress.
"On behalf of Care New England, I am extremely proud of this project, the building we celebrate today and the hard work of so many people who got us to this point," said Dennis D. Keefe, president and CEO, Care New England. "It serves as an example of our commitment to transforming the future of healthcare for the region, state and the many patients we serve across the continuum of care."
"This is an exciting day for Kent Hospital and our community," said Sandra L. Coletta, COO, Care New England and Kent president and CEO. "It marks an important milestone in the care and services offered here with a facility that was designed to efficiently and effectively provide patients, physicians and staff with an optimum outpatient surgical experience. We look forward to patients and doctors alike experiencing the future of healthcare at this amazing new center."
Coletta also thanked J. Winslow Alford, MD, chief medical director of the new facility and Rene Fischer, RN, Kent Hospital senior vice president and chief nursing officer for their joint leadership in the Ambulatory Surgery Center operational oversight process. In addition, she also thanked Joseph DiPietro, Esq., Kent's senior vice president and chief administrative officer for his leadership in overseeing this critical project.
The building meets the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is a certification process of the Green Building Council to improve the efficiencies of new buildings by design both during construction and the ongoing operational environmental impact. During construction waste materials were recycled. When possible, recycled new materials were selected and come from geographically nearby suppliers. Low emitting materials have also been used where applicable.
To reduce energy usage, the roof is all white to reflect heat. Low-use water equipment and changes in landscaping will reduce the demand for water. Lighting, both interior and exterior, will use less electricity. Highly efficient air handling equipment has been installed for cooling and heating, with computerized controls. Even future parking guidelines are planned, including favorable parking for hybrid vehicles, bicycles and car pool vehicles.
The cost of the surgery center, which was completed in approximately 24-months and on budget, was $15 million and also includes the cost of the next phase of the project – a 10-bed short stay unit, renovations to the existing main hospital lobby and a new connector to join the two buildings together. The short stay unit and lobby renovation work are slated for the fall. Additionally, work continues on the first floor of the new building to construct a one-stop facility for patient centered medical care, housing physician offices, lab, pre-op testing and specialty care clinicians.