Spectrum Health Pennock is announcing development of a new surgical center in partnership with the Spectrum Health Foundation.
The project is currently in the design phase; Spectrum Health Pennock leadership will begin working with an architect to determine the design and layout of the center. Groundbreaking is anticipated for winter 2019 with opening of the facility as early as spring 2020.
“We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new surgical center. This new facility will allow us to provide better and more efficient care to patients with greater convenience and more privacy for patients and families as all functions touching surgery will be adjacent to each other,” explained Brad Johnson, board chair.
With a shift from inpatient to outpatient care, surgeries that traditionally took days to recover in the hospital are now occurring with same day discharge. Currently, eighty percent of patient care occurs in an outpatient setting.
“Advancements in technology through the da Vinci Surgical System and other improvements make common surgeries less invasive, allowing patients to heal at home where they would rather be.
“Spectrum Health Pennock has worked hard to bring and keep those services used most locally so patients avoid traveling far from home.
“The surgery center is the natural next step in offering our patients the most convenient care possible,” said Steve Marzolf, chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Pennock. //
Part of the 1923 building remains at the center of the Spectrum Health Pennock surgery department. Surgical functions are located on the third floor of the inpatient hospital with endoscopy across the street in the Wellness Center building, impacting staffing, physician coverage and efficiencies.
“Our current structural capacity is not designed to take us into the future,” Sheryl Lewis Blake, president of Spectrum Health Pennock said. “We have wonderful resources as we are a part of the Spectrum Health system.
“In only three years, the system has invested over $17.7 million into building, infrastructure and technology at Spectrum Health Pennock. This new surgical center will greatly benefit community members who utilize our services.”