The new Surgery Center at Children’s Hospital is an extraordinary space that now matches the level of care provided by our expert team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing and other perioperative services team members. This child-friendly environment integrates each phase of the surgical experience and combines the latest technology with an unmatched experience for patients and families.
The Surgery Center includes a spacious lobby and waiting area for families on the second floor of the hospital’s new Medical Tower, leading to a 42-bed Same Day Surgery Unit with all-private patient rooms. Two private consultation rooms bridge the unit and OR to allow for quick consults between physicians and parents. A spacious 24-bay Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is located directly next to the Same Day Surgery Unit with easy access for families immediately before and after the child’s surgery.
The center features 12 expansive Operating Rooms (ORs), including an OR dedicated to the Da Vinci surgical robot, two cardiac catheterization labs, and two special procedure suites for endoscopy and bronchoscopy. The ORs surround a large Sterile Core with direct access to Sterile Processing and Central Sterile supply.
The ORs are equipped with the latest technology and data integration capabilities, including customizable GE Carescape patient monitors, outfitted with innovative anesthesia and post anesthesia software, and measurement capabilities. The monitors help optimize patient care and throughput while supporting clinical decisions, enhanced outcomes, and continuous monitoring at every step of the perioperative journey.
Advanced data integration technology allows surgeons and other members of the care team to manage information, visualization, and communication to and from the OR, and across the hospital. The ORs also feature 4K surgical video installations, which help surgeons see anatomical features in unprecedented detail. The ORs also feature Skytron Stellar XL LED surgical lights and Ergon series booms, creating highly maneuverable platforms with bright, clear illumination in a system that that is safe and reliable, with the versatility to handle the most complex pediatric procedures.
The experience of patients and families coming to the hospital for surgery will be vastly different, thanks to the design of our new surgery center. The space allows the family, care team, and patient to remain in close proximity at all times. They will now experience check-in, the pre-operative process, surgery, and recovery all in the same location.
From minor surgical procedures to the most complex cases including congenital heart surgery and minimally invasive neurosurgery, the new Surgery Center will allow the surgical experts at Children’s Hospital New Orleans to operate in an optimal environment that creates seamless integration between our departments, along with an unmatched experience for our patients and families of Louisiana and the Gulf South.