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Ellis opens integrated surgical unit

Ellis opens integrated surgical unit

New facility boosts treatment options, improves efficiency
Ellis opens integrated surgical unit
Jeffrey Winacott, senior director of service lines at Ellis Medicine, stands in the new state-of-the-art hybrid surgical suite.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — Ellis Hospital’s new surgical center is up and running.

The Center for Surgical & Interventional Medicine, constructed at a cost of $19.4 million over the course of more than a year, provides expanded cardiac and vascular treatment options to patients and is designed to offer greater comfort and convenience, as well.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting took place Thursday evening.


The facility (known simply as “A2” for the floor on which it is located) brings together all of Ellis’ cardiology, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery services in one location. Interventional radiology will be relocated there in the spring.

A2 features Ellis’ first hybrid operating suite, equipped for minimally invasive procedures as well as traditional surgery. This is important because, if a patient is discovered during a minor procedure to have additional medical problems that require treatment, or if complications arise, major surgery can be done immediately — without the need to relocate the patient or re-administer anesthesia.

This will allow Ellis to offer new and advanced minimally invasive procedures for which full surgical capabilities must be close at hand.

The suite is approximately twice as large as the average procedure room. It can accommodate more than 100 medical devices and systems and a medical team of up to eight people.

“In the hybrid suite, our cardiovascular teams are able to move fluidly between a minimally invasive procedure and major surgery, or vice versa, if the situation warrants,” said Dr. Robert A. Joy, chief of cardiac sciences. “We firmly believe this will result in better quality of care and better patient outcomes.”

Another feature of A2 is its merged spaces: Pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure recovery units are combined into one area to improve patient comfort, privacy and convenience, and improve staffing efficiency.

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