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Wheeling Hospital’s New Operating Room Allows for Wider Variety of Advanced Procedures

August 30, 2019

WHEELING – Wheeling Hospital’s new operating rooms will ensure the hospital remains the leader in the region for cardiovascular care by offering the most treatments for a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.

The Cardiovascular Advanced Procedure Suite (CAPS), a hybrid operating room, offers advanced interventional imaging technology in a sterile “OR-like” environment. It’s larger than the other OR rooms to help accommodate specialized equipment and higher numbers of staff necessary for supporting advanced procedures. It also offers the ability to switch from minimally invasive to open surgical or to blend the two approaches while accommodating all necessary regulatory and safety requirements.

In addition to the CAPS, the hospital also has built another new OR that houses one of the new da Vinci Xi surgical robots. OR12 also features effective positive and negative pressure. Positively pressurized rooms are usually designed to protect a patient, clean supplies or equipment within the room. Negative pressure is used to contain airborne contaminants within a room.

“The new OR has a sleek design that will provide optimal operating room efficiency,” said Greta Stewart, Surgical Services business director. “From a surgical perspective, OR12 is adjacent to our nine main operating rooms, two cardiovascular operating rooms, urology room, and now the new CAPS room.”

In OR12, surgical services will be able to perform procedures from multiple specialties, including general surgery, colorectal, thoracic, vascular, orthopedic, gynecologic, neurosurgery, ENT, robotic and pulmonology.

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Triston Smith, chief of Cardiology and clinical director of Structural Heart and Complex Interventions, said, “Wheeling Hospital continues to be the leader in cardiovascular care in our region. The addition of this Cardiovascular Advanced Procedure Suite positions us to take advantage of the rapid expansion in the number and complexity of procedures performed. With this addition our patients can be assured that they will be receiving the absolute best care in the most advanced and top class environment.”
“Major advances in imaging technology have come about since the installation of our current Interventional Radiology (IR) suite,” said Stacey Conway, IR supervisor. “As the technology changes we also have the ability to offer a wider variety of advanced cardiovascular procedures to the community, thus reducing the need to travel for care.”

CAPS will provide the ability to offer more advanced structural heart procedures such as TAVR, Watchman, MitraClip, mitral valve replacement and even hybrid percutaneous/surgical procedures in addition to the complex lower extremity revascularization procedures currently performed.

“We will perform a multitude of cardiac, peripheral vascular and non-vascular procedures in this room,” said Judy Mayles, Wheeling Hospital’s Cross-Section Imaging manager. “This includes all peripheral interventional cases, such as carotid artery stenting; complex lower extremity revascularization, abdominal and thoracic aneurysm graft insertions; structural heart procedures; and non-vascular procedures such as spine augmentation.”

CAPS will be used primarily by radiologists, cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Staffing it will be Wheeling Hospital’s Interventional Radiology team of technologists and nurses. Supporting cases as needed will be Anesthesia, Cath Lab, Perfusion, Respiratory and Cardiac Neurovascular.

“The room was designed to accommodate many procedures and all necessary support seamlessly,” said Diane Livengood, senior administer of Imaging Services. “Adding this room allows Wheeling Hospital to remain the leader in the region for cardiovascular care by offering the most treatments for a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases. Along with the expert skills of the physicians and staff, we can continue to expand our services to include the latest procedures as they become available.”

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Wheeling Hospital's new Cardiovascular Advance Procedure Suite (CAPS) offers advanced interventional imaging technology in an OR environment.