HAMILTON – Robotic arms, “blue light” equipment and the
latest computer-assisted medicine is all part of the dramatic change that’s
coming to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
It’s been quite the decade at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, as the
Hamilton campus has been completely transformed with millions of dollars
in upgrades laid out in a master plan.
But perhaps the most impressive changes are coming online this week, as
Marcus Daly prepares to open its $15 million Surgery Center.
After a little more than a year of construction, the new facility is ready
to come online, with an official ribbon cutting and public tours Friday
“I think everybody’s pretty excited about this. You know this
has been a long time coming. People knew that it was coming,” said
MDMH Chief of Surgery Dr. Jim Zubernis.
“But it was conceptually — and what it is in reality —
is a huge change. And I think that the universal response that I get from
the staff is ‘wow’!” he added.
Not only are there new tools in three high tech operating rooms, but there’s
a major upgrade in the amount of space to help patients from surgery through
to post-op recovery.
Space has been at a premium at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital for years
but the opening of the new Surgery Center gives staff not only the tools
they need to do modern procedures but the area in which to use them.
“We have great people, we do great work. But now we have a great
space to perform all of those things in. There’s a high level of
excitement. People are just kind of beside themselves about this,”
Dr. Zubernis told MTN News.
Even if you aren’t a doctor, there’s plenty to be impressed
with. There’s the dramatic OR set up for “blue light”
procedures such as dealing with difficult bladder cancers.
There’s also the DaVinci Robot, a huge upgrade for a rural Montana
Critical Access Hospital which allows the most delicate and complicated work.
Equipment is also set up for cataract surgeries and the “Mobi-C”
Cervical Disc system is in place, which allows the most complicated cervical
treatments to be treated.
“This is the state-of-the-art operating room for the State of Montana.
And that’s not a trivial statement. We are. We have all the latest,”
Dr. Zubernis said.
“All of the equipment that we’ve brought into this facility
is state-of-the-art, and will be state-of-the-art for many years to come,”
Yet even with all the “toys”, Dr. Zubernis says the focus is
“The central focus of taking care of patients is safety. So all the
equipment that we have here provides a level of safety that goes above
and beyond. Which is the only way it can really be in healthcare.”
The special “Cross the Red Line” ribbon cutting and grand opening
for the new Surgery Center at MDMH is open to the public. It runs from
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm on Friday with the ribbon cutting at 5:30.