My TurnBy: Julie Freischlag
Date: May 30, 2012
By the time you read this, we will be doing much of our operating and teaching in brand new, beautiful space. The opening of our new clinical building this spring paves the way for radical changes in surgery, with 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms: 14 for neurosurgery, general surgery and transplant; 10 for pediatric surgery; six for cardiac/vascular surgery and three for obstetrics/gynecology. All equipment is suspended from the ceiling, leaving the floor wide open for patient transport and staff who need to move around. We have high-definition cameras for filming, an MRI for neurosurgeries and online monitoring for oxygen. The environment is much more conducive to safety and our philosophy of patient-centered care.
In addition, our residents have iPads to conduct business on the go, a new call system allows us to contact nurses by cell phone, and we’ll hold grand rounds and morbidity and mortality meetings in new conference space.
The general operating room (GOR) suite many of you trained in will continue to be used for teaching: The space is being repurposed to house Hopkins’ Simulation Center. A farewell ceremony to give tribute to the GOR is in the works.
I hope you’ll get a chance to come tour these marvelous facilities.
Director, Department of Surgery