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On Point: Stay Ahead of the Curve

Outpatient ORs are poised to set the standard for innovative surgical care.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor


Baylor Scott & White Health
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT The ORs in Baylor Scott & White Health's brand new Grobowsky Surgical Center are filled with equipment that will keep the health system on the cutting edge of care.

Stanford University Medical Center is one of the best teaching hospitals in the nation and renowned for providing innovative surgical care. It attracts top docs — and patients who want to be treated by them — because, well, it's Stanford. "Surgeons come here because we've earned the reputation of performing procedures that aren't done in community facilities," says George Tingwald, MD, AIA, ACHA, the health's system's director of medical planning, design and construction.

At least not yet.

Emerging surgical devices and techniques have traditionally been trialed in large academic systems like Stanford and, once proven safe and effective, gradually shifted from inpatient ORs to outpatient facilities.

"But that paradigm is changing," says Dr. Tingwald. The surgeon-turned-architect has a unique perspective on how to build and outfit state-of-the-art surgical facilities. "The line between inpatient and outpatient ORs is continually blurred and minimally invasive surgery is becoming even less invasive. That's why groundbreaking technologies are being introduced and developed in the outpatient setting."

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