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Chilton Completes $2.6 Million Surgical Services Project
09/19/2012

Displaying the new Post Anesthesia Care Unit are (l to r) Chilton COO Tom Scott, President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN; Chairman of the Department of General Surgery Steven Potter, MD; and Executive Director of Perioperative and Wellness Services Donna Kirby, RN.

After nearly a year in the making, Chilton Hospital has completed its $2.6 million Surgical Services renovation project.

The newly renovated area boasts many improvements to benefit patients, loved ones and Chilton staff. Its streamlined design is convenient and connects every aspect of the surgical experience for patients from registration to release. All procedural phases are now located on the same floor and are geographically connected within a safe, secure environment whether the patient needs surgery, endoscopy or pain management services.

“The goal is to minimize the anxiety patients feel before surgery and have them in the comfort of their own home as soon as possible afterward,” said Chilton President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN. “It promotes a warm and soothing atmosphere and we are already receiving positive feedback from patients and visitors about their experiences.”

Here are just a few samples of exact quotes from Chilton patients and loved ones as stated in their surveys:

  • “The Pre op and OR nurses were amazing! All the staff involved with my 8 yr old son’s care were amazing and made him feel less afraid.”
  • “All the newly renovated areas are beautiful! The new lighting is great for the patients! Everyone expressed concern for my well being.”
  • “I do not particularly like hospitals but was treated well on both occasions at Chilton Hospital. The staff was friendly and gave me confidence to remain calm before my procedure!”

Surgical Services comprises numerous clinical departments, all designed to enhance patient care. Some of its key areas include:

Registration and Reception Area: The dedicated registration area offers a refreshment area, a computer station with wireless Internet access, bathrooms with a baby changing station and a television monitor that can help family members track a patient’s whereabouts and status during surgery. It also offers a private consultation room in case the doctor needs to speak to the patient and family members after surgery. The new room is conveniently located on the first floor, next to the Good Food Café and is wheelchair accessible.

Pre-Surgical Area: Once patients and outpatients are registered, they will proceed to the Pre-Surgical Area. Fully staffed with registered nurses, this area provides private cubicles to prepare patients for procedures. Physicians and anesthesiologists also will speak to the patient here prior to surgery. The Pre-Surgical area has 10 bays, two exam rooms and two rest rooms.

OR Holding Area: To further privacy for inpatients, the OR Holding Area contains a Procedure Room, where they receive pain pumps, IVs and certain types of anesthesia. The Procedure Room is very beneficial to patients because it is now fully enclosed with walls and a door in case a physician needs to conduct a patient exam. There is also now a new rest room in OR Holding so patients don’t need to leave the area. While Same Day Surgery patients will walk with a nurse to the OR, the inpatient will be brought to Chilton's new OR Holding area via a private corridor specifically designated for surgical patients.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU): PACU is also known as Phase 1 Recovery. Patients now have privacy curtains. The PACU also includes a newly renovated negative pressure Isolation Room to provide care for patients with possible airborne illnesses and those needing contact precautions.

Interventional Area: This is the new area where the endoscopy and pain management procedures take place.

Phase 2 Recovery Area: Those receiving sedation from endoscopy and pain management procedures, as well as the Same Day Surgical patients, proceed to the Phase 2 Recovery area. In Phase 2, patients will be prepared for discharge. Here the patients will receive a light diet and homecare instructions. Phases 1 and 2 are conveniently located across from each other and Phase 2 is directly across the hall from the Registration and Reception Area making the process streamlined.

Sterile Processing: A key element to keeping patient infection to a minimum, Sterile Processing now has a new Decontamination Room.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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