ST. CLOUD — St. Cloud Surgical Center is undergoing just over $11 million in renovations and expansion to accommodate an increasing number of procedures as well as additional equipment.
CEO Darci Nagorski said the center at 1526 Northway Drive needs more space in its operating rooms and in sterile processing. Total joint procedures and spine procedures, “they just require more equipment,” Nagorski said.
The expansion and remodel will allow the ambulatory surgery center to continue the growth in total joint replacements, orthopedics and spine procedures over the past three years.
The 13,000-square-foot renovation includes 7,500 square feet of new space in the back of the building. The additional space is intended to expand the sterile processing area. The space sterile processing takes up now will be used to create two larger operating rooms, Nagorski said.
The center will still have 11 operating rooms after the remodel, but these two will provide more space for the procedures that require more equipment. The facility has three robots to help physicians with joint procedures.
“The robots take up some space, and for us to accommodate that, we need to have some ORs that are just a little bit bigger,” Nagorski said.
The cafeteria will also be expanded, and both the cafeteria and loading dock will move within the building.
Nagorski said Medicare’s shift this year to allow ambulatory surgery settings to do total knee replacements meant approximately 150 new procedures. This is out of an estimated 550 total joint replacements done at the center in 2020, Nagorski said.
“It’s a lot to take in for those large cases, and if you’re not set up and equipped correctly, it can be more challenging,” she said.
Medicare is also considering approving total hip replacements for ambulatory surgery settings, Nagorski said. If that were to go into effect in January, that would mean even more procedures to accommodate — Nagorski estimated possibly an additional 200 total hip replacements in just the next year (and that’s in addition to non-Medicare growth in number of procedures). Part of the addition is to plan for continued increases in procedures in situations like this.
The loading dock, cafeteria and expanded sterile processing are set to be completed in mid-April, while the two expanded operating rooms should be open by next fall, Nagorski said. The center will continue seeing patients through its remodel and expansion.
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