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Facility Spotlight

The brand new Lighthouse Surgery Center is a shining example of design innovation.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Editor-in-Chief


All photos provided by the Lighthouse Surgery Center
BEACON OF SIGHT The visually stunning 35,000-square-foot surgery center has six ORs, 26 pre- and post-op bays and a dedicated physical therapy space.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center partnered with surgeons from the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute to build The Lighthouse Surgery Center, a $26.5 million orthopedic facility in Hartford, Conn. The facility, which sits across the street from the hospital, opened its doors this month. Patients will receive advanced joint, spine and pain management care in a cutting-edge surgical facility with the warm, inviting look of a New England seaside hotel.


First impression

The center specializes in lengthy joint replacement cases, so the surgeons wanted to create a functional waiting area where family members can comfortably spend several hours. The welcoming lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace and a variety of seating options. Friends and family members waiting for their loved ones in surgery can chat in semi-private spaces, work on their laptops at desks or sit in an isolation chair and plug into personal devices. Michael Joyce, MD, president and CEO of Lighthouse Surgery Center, says the inspiration for the versatile function of the space was based on a Virgin Atlantic first class lounge he saw in London's Heathrow Airport, which accommodated travelers who were simply passing through or waiting during long layovers.

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