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New Procedure Center Goes Operational With First Surgery

A hip replacement surgery on June 21 was the first procedure performed in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.

Debra Hambleton left Cedars-Sinai recently with a new right hip – and the honor of being the first patient to undergo surgery in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.

Debra Hambleton of Oxnard (with Ellie Mowbray, RN, before her surgery) was taken into Operating Room 7 at 7:30 a.m..

Hambleton, who lives in Oxnard, had her right hip replaced on Friday, June 21, in Operating Room 7, on the fifth level of the Pavilion in the Sue and Bill Gross Surgery and Procedure Center. Hambleton was taken into the OR at 7:30 a.m. by a team led by Cedars-Sinai Medical Group orthopedic surgeon Robert C. Klapper, MD, who performed a total of six surgeries that day. Down the hall, neurosurgeon Michael J. Alexander, MD, began his first procedure in the outpatient Neurointerventional suite at 8 a.m.

"The new building is beautiful, and the pre-op area seems much more spacious than in the medical center, but it's the people here who make it special," said Hambleton as she prepared to be discharged from her hospital room in the main medical center, two days after her surgery. "Everyone has been so wonderful, and I feel good, although I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed."

The 50,000-square-foot Procedure Center features eight general surgical rooms and serves as the new home for outpatient and a.m.-admit orthopedics patients. In addition, it features two interventional radiology rooms and two cardiac cath labs. The cath labs are expected to open in a few months, pending regulatory approvals.

Robert C. Klapper, MD, performed six surgeries on June 21, including Debra Hambleton's hip replacement.

"It's a tremendous honor to take my team from the main OR to the Pavilion and be the first to operate here," said Klapper, who is director of the Joint Replacement Program at Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. "The staff has been remarkable, including Jan Decker, Kyung Jun and Donna Aiello. You can just feel the love and passion of everyone involved in making this project a success, starting from the top down."

With the opening of the Procedure Center, orthopedists have vacated a large percentage of the space on OR 7 in the medical center and in the 310 Building. While there will still be orthopedic cases remaining on 7 OR, these will primarily be limited to patients who are already inpatients and to orthopedic trauma and pediatric orthopedic spine cases. In addition, nonorthopedic outpatient surgeries at the 310 Building are being consolidated onto the first floor.