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New Operating and Interventional Suites at Baystate Medical Center

December 07, 2021

Baystate Medical Center’s operating rooms and interventional suites are getting a serious upgrade in a new location. Construction has begun on new operating rooms and intervention rooms on the second floor of the hospital’s South Wing to account for the latest technological advances, streamline the location, and provide larger space for surgery and procedures.

The project, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in December 2020, is a buildout of unfinished space that was created as part of future plans when the “Hospital of the Future” was built in 2012.

Constructions of these new operating rooms will allow us to replace surgical rooms built 40 years ago. The update will improve all rooms used for inpatient surgeries that involve an overnight stay – including cancer surgery, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, gynecologic surgery, major gastrointestinal surgeries, robotic surgery, vascular and orthopedic trauma, and general trauma surgery.

“We in a sense ‘outlived our resources’ as we’ve added trauma, thoracic and total joint surgeries over the years,” says Dr. Michael Albert, medical director, Operating Rooms and Surgical Units. “We are building a strong future to support technical and clinical advances.”

In addition, eight new interventional suites will be constructed to meet the needs of cardiac and neurological procedures.

New, state-of-the-art imaging and catheter based technology will be implemented to minimize open surgery and to optimize procedures that involve the heart and brain.

“This move and equipment upgrades are pivotal to our established structural heart, heart attack, stroke and diagnostic procedure programs that are so imperative to our patient population in western Massachusetts,” says Corey McKinstry, manager, Cardiac Interventional Services, stressing the importance of this new construction.

The impact on patient care will be felt by all who rely on Baystate Medical Center for inpatient surgical and interventional procedures. Patients can expect to see decreased wait times, access to more technologically advanced care, and a closer proximity to the Harold Grinspoon & Diane Troderman Adult Emergency Department (ED), leading to quicker transport time from the ED to the operating rooms for patients who are experiencing heart attacks, strokes, or trauma. 

Learn more about this project and how you can support it through Baystate Health Foundation.