In April, Lee’s Summit Medical Center broke ground on a new $4.6 million expansion for a Hybrid Operating Room. The 2,400 square-foot operating room will sit on the north side of the main building on the Lee’s Summit Medical Center Campus.
The Hybrid OR will be equipped with advanced medical imaging devices, including high quality, real time imaging, one of its most notable features, allowing for more advanced capabilities and treatment options for the clinical team during a procedure.
“This space will allow for more complex procedures to be done at our facility and provides our clinical team the ability to care for complex patients needing multiple open and minimally-invasive procedures in one setting, preventing the need to return multiple times. This results in better patient outcomes and experiences. Another way we will be able to keep care within our community,” said John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
The Hybrid OR will complement the hospital’s advanced cardiac cath lab and three surgical robots and is yet another way Lee’s Summit Medical Center is investing in advanced technology to best serve patients and the community.
In addition to the increased space, Lee’s Summit Medical Center will be hiring staff to support the new Hybrid OR and additional patient volumes throughout the continuum of care.
ACI Boland is the architect on the expansion. Keith Crane, Principal at ACI Boland said the firm does about 60-70 percent of its work in the medical sector with extensive experience ranging from eye centers to emergency rooms, even new hospital construction. The firm has also completed numerous Hybrid OR projects.
“We really specialize in technically-difficult hospital renovations; things that require highly complex and coordinated design work,” said Crane. “It’s a great project and we’re really excited.”
According to Crane, some of the special considerations for this type of project are the air handling and air quality systems, as well as shielding for the imaging. It’s also important for the design to accommodate the highly-specialized equipment, which costs more than the construction itself.
“The tolerances around the equipment are tight, so the construction and design around that has to be equally as tight and monitored,” said Crane.
Crane has worked on multiple projects with Lee’s Summit Medical Center in the past and always enjoys the experience.
“Whether it’s specific techs, head of departments, or the C-Suite itself, they all carry same vision, aligned with ACI Boland, which is caring for the end user, caring for the families of Lee’s Summit and it comes through in every decision they make. That’s probably what I enjoy most, that passion for the folks they serve,” said Crane.
J.E. Dunn is the general contractor for the expansion. Construction is set to be complete this fall.