Small operating rooms and an expected increase in demand for services is driving $16 million in renovations at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
The hospital on Burns Road opened in 1968. Its operating rooms aren’t built for the technology, including a $2 million surgical robot, that’s emerged in the nearly half a century since then. A planned $16 million expansion and renovation project would change that, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Welch said.
The Tenet Healthcare-owned hospital plans to build four new 800-foot surgical suites, including one specifically for the surgical robot that performs general, gynecological and urological procedures at the direction of a surgeon.
“It brings a whole new level of quality and care to our patients and to the community,” he said.
Plus, as Palm Beach Gardens grows as a city, the hospital wants to be able to handle the increase in people getting procedures, spokesman Ryan Lieber said.
The city’s staff is reviewing the plans, which also call for a 28-bed pre- and post-op area and a central sterile supply area. Other departments, such as pharmacy, will get a face-lift, Welch said.
The hospital scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking for Tuesday, Oct. 18. The work will be completed in phases the next year and a half to two years, but the first four operating suites should be open by the beginning of next year, Welch said.
The operating suites outside the hospital will be built first and then connected. After the renovations are complete, all the hospital’s surgical services will be contiguous, resulting in a more efficient flow of patients, Welch said.
The hospital’s staff was involved in creating the new design, Chief Operating Officer Teresa Urquhart. Hospital administrators expect the expansion and renovations to help with staff recruitment, including surgeons.