PARMA, Ohio — When it comes to home remodeling and expansion, the open floor plan is all the rage.
That concept also, apparently, applies to hospitals with UH Parma Medical Center recently completing its new $27.5 million addition to the 332-bed Powers Boulevard facility.
Not only did the 7,700-square-foot expansion to the front of the hospital include five new operating rooms, three endoscopy suites and 30 private bays for pre-operative and post-operative care, but also the extensive 32,000-square-foot renovation of the surgery department.
Overseeing the project is UH Parma Medical Center Director of Operations Kathi O’Connor.
“We’re really happy with the expansion,” O’Connor said. “While it was funded in 2018, we had been looking at doing something several years before that. It was really prompted by surgeons asking for larger operating rooms to work in.”
The new operating rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art video integration and can accommodate robotic surgery.
“Our operating rooms were built in the mid-‘80s and really were no longer sized to the types of equipment that you find in a modern operating room,” O’Connor said. “The goal wasn’t really to add operating rooms. It was to make them bigger.”
The UH Parma Medical Center will still have a dozen operating rooms. The second and third phase of the project — which will be completed over the next year — finds the walls between the current 400-square-foot facilities removed to create newer 700-square-foot operating rooms.
The new section also has an expanded waiting room and a new discharge elevator for outpatients to bypass the hospital’s main lobby to exit the building.
“The waiting room we had for family members with someone in surgery was pretty small,” O’Connor said. “So, we’ve tripled its size. Also, having a private discharge elevator is a really nice feature.”
Since Parma Community General Hospital became UH Parma Medical Center in 2014, University Hospitals has invested $80 million into the facility.
Now with the expansion and renovation of the surgery department, O’Connor said UH Parma Medical Center is positioned for long-term growth.
“As far I know we’ll have some of the newest operating rooms around,” O’Connor said. “It puts us in a great spot for expanding our surgical services. We have several new surgeons joining us, so we’re excited about that.
“We have robotic surgery now returning to Parma Medical Center. That’s a great thing. This expansion enables us to offer more surgical services to the community.”
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