Cape Fear Hospital opens new operating room

November 11, 2010
WILMINGTON – A new operating room is opening at Cape Fear Hospital and it will be ready in mid-November to accommodate the increasing demand for orthopedic surgery. The addition of the new room means that patients will be able to schedule their surgeries sooner and start getting back to their favorite activities much more quickly.

“We have seen a growing need in the community for our orthopedic services,” says Jack Barto, president and chief executive officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “In response to that need, we’ve grown our team of highly-trained providers and now have added more space to accommodate the increasing number of surgeries we perform each year.”

The additional room is the eighth operating room at Cape Fear Hospital. Formerly the post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, the space was renovated and completely reconfigured. The spacious room also includes upgraded nurse documentation stations and overhead monitors. Earlier this summer, Cape Fear Hospital introduced its new PACU, which was moved into a new space to make room for the additional OR. It was also designed with the newest technology, efficient layout, and added capacity for future surgical demand.

“The addition of an eighth operating room will be wonderful for our patients waiting to have surgery,” says Rae Sandy, manager of surgical services at Cape Fear Hospital. “With the added space, we expect that we will be able to accommodate an additional 1600 cases per year, making the wait for surgery shorter and getting patients back to an active life faster.”

Cape Fear Hospital is home to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Center and has been ranked among the nation's top ten percent of orthopedic programs three years in a row. The Center has 26 board-certified or board-eligible surgeons, many of whom are fellowship trained, and perform more than 1,800 joint replacement procedures each year.

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.