July 16, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Hospital has completed a three-year renovation of the Surgical Services Department, according to Vice President of Support Services John Collier. The most recent and final phase in the renovation included suites most commonly used for orthopedic surgery.


“Orthopedic surgery has been done at Maury Regional Hospital for many years. With the recent completion of three new state-of-the-art orthopedic operating suites, the future care of our patients will be optimized. I want to thank the current board members, Waymon Hickman and Robert Otwell for their confidence in the present and future orthopedic department at Maury Regional Hospital,” said Dr. James Wiesman, Jr., an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff.

The most recent enhancements include new overhead lighting and the installation of a picture archiving and communication system (PACS). PACS is a digital system for acquiring, sorting, transporting, storing and electronically displaying medical images. With PACS, diagnostic imaging is virtually filmless and much easier to access in the operating rooms. A full remodel of the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) and pre-operative areas were also completed. Following renovations, the surgical suites have been substantially enlarged to accommodate the latest technology.

“The recent renovation has increased the number of surgical suites capable of accommodating orthopedic procedures, which has resulted in more efficient scheduling for patients. These spacious new suites also create an environment that will allow surgeons to enhance services by exploring new surgical procedures that demand more space for equipment and technology. This is a wonderful advancement for orthopedics at Maury Regional Hospital,” said orthopedic surgeon Fredrick Wade, M.D.

The three-year structural renovation to Surgical Services was completed in several phases, the first of which was to the cystoscopy rooms, used for urologic cases. These rooms were increased in square footage and new lighting and surgical tables were purchased. During this time, renovation to the pathology lab was also completed. Pathologists are required to evaluate many biopsies at the time a patient undergoes surgery.

At the beginning of 2008, a renovation and expansion to the endovascular surgery suite was completed. Surgeons in this room are able to utilize a state-of-the-art X-ray imaging system which offers a higher level of imaging capability for vascular procedures in which vessels of the circulatory system can be opened, in the case of a blockage, or weakened vessels repaired.

“The expansion and renovation of the surgery department allows us to better serve our patients with advanced equipment in progressive surgical suites. Our growing medical and surgical staff is more ready than ever to provide the best in quality patient care,” said Tony Benton, director of surgical services.


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