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Published on August 27, 2019

New Expanded Surgical Suites Open At Avera McKennan

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is expanding its surgical space on the main campus through a project that will bring the total number of operating rooms from 14 to 18. The newly renovated, large surgical suites are 645 square feet in size and are equipped with the most advanced surgical technology available.

Avera McKennan has seen tremendous growth in its surgical procedures over the past several years and now is performing more than 16,000 cases per year.

“As we’ve grown, more people are choosing Avera for care than ever before,” said David Flicek, President and CEO. “There have been so many advancements in technology, such as robotics and intraoperative CT, that require additional space to be able to bring our patients the best care.”

This is a part of a $41 million project to update and enhance the main campus at Avera McKennan. The project, along with the Avera on Louise project, have complemented each other and have taken place in many phases. The hospital recently opened its new intensive care unit (ICU) and that was followed by the surgical suite renovations. Once the Avera Specialty Hospital at Avera on Louise opens, there will be an additional eight surgical suites and eight GI procedure rooms added, as well.

“Our main campus is where lifesaving work happens every day,” Flicek said. “This is where we do liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. This is where we do emergency surgeries to save trauma victims. This is where malignant tumors are removed. More than 100 surgeons partner with us by scheduling their procedures at Avera.”

Two new enhancements to the surgical suites pointed out by Mary Leedom, Director of the Surgical Services at Avera McKennan, include:

  • The Steris CLEANSUITE system. This is an airflow system that directs airborne particles away from the surgical field and the patient on the operating room table.
  • Vital-Vio continuous LED light disinfection. Avera McKennan is the first facility in the state to install this lighting in the ORs. This system emits constant, safe white light proven to kill germs 24 hours a day. This white light can safely and effectively kill up to 90 percent of potentially harmful surface bacteria. 

Other technology highlighted at the renovated surgical suites includes three daVinci robots (which Avera has been using since 2007); the Cirq Neurosurgery Robot which functions as an intuitive assistant during spinal procedures; ultra-high definition 4K cameras providing four times more detail compared to conventional HD; the Airo mobile intraoperative CT which is used for cranial, spinal and trauma procedures providing clear, real-time information during surgery that allows surgeons to see how their procedure is progressing and to verify results before the procedure is completed; and a computerized OR Integration system which allows control of all these systems from a central command station.

Much of this same technology will also be at the Avera Specialty Hospital at the Avera on Louise Health Campus once it opens this fall.





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