New M.T. Mustian Center at TMH anticipates the future of health care
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Rendering Courtesy of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
The center is designed to accommodate advancements in medical technology for the next 50 years.
It’s not every day you get to design and build a hospital from scratch. At Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, that’s exactly what it’s like for local health-care leaders as the M.T. Mustian Center takes shape at the corner of Miccosukee Road and Medical Drive.
Named for the late M.T. Mustian, the hospital’s first CEO, the center is a five-story, 340,000-square-foot addition, due to open in 2019, that represents a $260 million investment in construction and equipment for TMH. It also is the first major development of its kind in the hospital’s 50-year history. The existing building has been tweaked and adapted as far as its layout will allow, and the new “tower” has been designed to accommodate the region’s health-care needs for the next 50 years. In fact, the current CEO hails it as a “transformative facility.”
“It will be state of the art. It will be as nice and as modern as anything you’ll find in Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia,” said TMH President and CEO Mark O’Bryant. “It’s going to allow for changes in technologies. We call it our 50-year building. You don’t want to build a building and have it full in five years or 10 years. Or, one that’s not able to accommodate changes in technology. So we really took a broad view of it.”
The Mustian Center will feature 28 operating rooms, which will replace all existing operating rooms, four interventional suites for neurosurgical and vascular procedures, and 72 adult medical/surgical intensive care beds. Sixty of these will be operational upon the center’s opening late next year, with expansion space available for 12 more beds. All told, the center will host all the necessary support services for the ORs and the ICU beds, such as preadmission testing, perioperative services, a post-anesthesia care unit, sterile processing services, blood banking, respiratory therapy, CT imaging, pharmacy and materials management. Those changes will service the hospital’s market growth, while the new operating rooms will operate on a much bigger scale to handle plenty of equipment. The smallest OR at the Mustian Center will be 625 square feet, compared to the smallest existing size of 336 square feet.
“When we looked at our surgical platform, we recognized there’s an evolving environment around technology. And even though our current surgical platform is sufficient to meet those needs, it’s not sufficient to accommodate changes moving forward,” O’Bryant said. “Some of the rooms are small, some of the rooms aren’t configured as well as they should be, and the pre- and post-support areas aren’t large enough to allow for growth.”
Simply put, the new operating rooms had to be built bigger because surgical machines take up a lot of space, according to Dr. Chris Derosier, microsurgery specialist.
“This is out of necessity. As OR technology has improved, the equipment that we use has also increased, so in order for us to be able to function efficiently and safely, we had to expand the operating room size to be able to include the available technology but also leave room to grow as technology continues to improve,” Derosier said. “The scalability of our ORs that we are building is extraordinary. I think it demonstrates a good bit of forethought and vision.”
Derosier said there’s a broad spectrum of technology coming into play, from intraoperative technology and integration of radiology to surgical imaging, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
“The other thing that’s really going to be nice about it is we’re going to be able to use more of this technology to communicate with the patients and the families … so the patients can see it and have a better understanding of their care and be able to participate in it a little bit more,” he said.
O’Bryant said that TMH has, in the recent past, mitigated space issues through partnerships with off-campus facilities such as the Red Hills Surgical Center, which has given surgeons the ability to move certain “lower acuity” cases — the ones that don’t necessarily need a big hospital.
“But still, with the growth we’re experiencing, we needed a new surgical center to accommodate those changes but also to allow us to grow,” he said.
The new tower makes maximum use of space to allow for improved patient flow and family comfort.
“It’s going to really optimize efficiency of care. Patients will walk in the front door, register, and walk right into their preoperative room. They’ll go straight from there to surgery, recovery room, the same preoperative room and back home,” Derosier said.
Dr. Carlos Campo, ICU director and pulmonologist, is pleased with the new ICU layout and design.
“In the ICU there is a lot more space for family to stay and spend time. Toward the back of the room there’s a sofa that can be converted (into) better sleeping accommodations, like a sleeper sofa instead of a recliner,” he said.