Archive Surgical Construction 2019

On Point

Modernize to Thrive

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor


Bryn Mawr Hospital
GRAND OPENING Administrators and staff gather to celebrate a new era of high-tech surgical care at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital.

Bryn Mawr Hospital has long been a fixture on Philadelphia's Main Line, a string of old-money towns stretching into the city's western suburbs. It thrived when patients recovered from surgery in days, not hours, and before new outpatient facilities began popping up in nearby communities. Ten years ago, the hospital's leadership had the foresight to launch a project that would transform their aging inpatient behemoth into a cutting-edge provider of same-day surgical care in one of the nation's most competitive healthcare markets.

After a decade of fundraising and planning, hospital leaders cut the ribbon last January on a new 250,000-square-foot, 8-floor pavilion that houses 12 state-of-the-art ORs. They're quick to point out that the project, which reduced the number of inpatient beds, was a modernization, not an expansion, of the hospital's campus.

"We were used to dealing with sickness," says David Rose, MD, chief of the hospital's department of surgery. "We had to prepare for dealing with wellness and enhancing recoveries to get patients back to their normal lifestyle as quickly as possible."

The hospital's leaders had been investing in staffing and technology, but hadn't yet made the difficult decision to invest in infrastructure. They finally figured out that OR enhancements would prevent the facility from being left in the construction dust of their competitors. "We knew upgrades had to be made if the hospital was going to remain relevant," says Andrea Gilbert, the hospital's president.

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