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Pavilion Expanding Surgical Operations to 4th Floor


Pavilion will soon be welcoming a new, state-of-the-art operating facility to its fourth floor, the first of a series of transitions aimed at improving the patient experience and enhancing staff efficiency within the 800,000 square-foot building.

The fourth floor is scheduled to open its doors to patients for the first time on Nov. 11 and will offer 13 new operating rooms and 33 preop/recovery spaces. Surgical services are currently housed on Pavilion's fifth floor, which will still have nine operating rooms outfitted with many of the same advanced technologies and services.

"With each transition taking place in Pavilion, our goal is two-fold," said Bryan Croft, senior vice president of Operations. "We want to enhance the overall patient experience even further and create an environment that makes it easier for the nurses to work. The result of both goals is improved efficiencies and a space that is technologically advanced and second-to-none in terms of its capabilities."

The new, roughly 520 square-foot operating rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including 4K audio and video integration, which will allow for the streaming and broadcast of procedures to conferences and teaching centers outside of Cedars-Sinai.

The new space will include state-of-the-art lighting and strategically placed surgical booms to store equipment, which would otherwise have to be stowed on carts with wheels. Each room, including pre-op and PACUs, are designed in a layout meant to maximize the efficient flow and movement of patients and staff, improving the overall surgical experience for patients.

The operating rooms are also outfitted to accommodate most types of surgical procedures, including orthopaedic, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, pediatric and general surgeries.

"Most important, every detail of the new space was designed with input from the staff who will be working in these areas," said Alfonso Chicas, MSN, RN, executive director of Perioperative Services. "Their valuable feedback made this space what it is today."

The next phase of the transition includes moving a significant portion of neurosurgery and spine procedures to the fifth floor, which will allow for expanded capacity to accommodate growth and surgical services.

Additional details about the transitions will be shared with affected departments and ancillary services.