SARANAC LAKE - A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house were held Monday for a new operating room for Adirondack Medical Center's obstetrical wing.
The $500,000 surgical suite, funded in part by money raised at AMC's annual gala this summer, will be used by doctors who need to perform Caesarian sections on expectant mothers. It's located in what used to be two patient rooms on the hospital's OB floor.
"Our surgical services volume has grown to the degree that we occupy all of our operating rooms on a regular basis," said Arthur Handley, the hospital's director of surgical services. "We needed to have an area to perform our Caesarian sections, so we built this room especially to accommodate that."
From left, Dr. Denise Ferrando, Dr. Waguih Kirollos, AMC Perinatal Services Director Marilyn Leitsch and Arthur Handley, AMC’s director of surgical services, stand in the new surgical suite in the Saranac Lake hospital’s obstetrical wing Monday.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
The surgical suite is a fully outfitted operating room, with the latest anesthesia equipment, computers, support services and a normal operating room bed. It also has an alcove off the main operating area where a newborn child can be stabilized and kept warm.
"Mom can see what we're doing, and Dad can also be in the room," said Marilyn Leitsch, AMC's director of perinatal services. "Our goal was to create a more family-friendly experience."
Dr. Waguih Kirollos, head of obstetrics at AMC, said the new facility also increases safety.
"In emergencies, instead of having to wait for an open operating room for the main department, we will have our own," he said. "It's a standard of care in bigger hospitals. This is mostly reserved for hospitals with 500 to 1,000 deliveries a year. So it's great to be able to have such a luxury and safety to offer in such a small department."
There were 181 babies born at AMC last year, about 30 percent by C-section.
The new surgical suite was funded in part by $114,000 raised in July at the hospital's centennial gala, held on the grounds of Trudeau Institute. The rest of the funding came from earnings from the hospital's endowment, according to Hannah Hanford, director of the AMC Foundation.
"It's just a wonderful way we can invest in the future of the medical center and the future of many families," Hanford said.