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    NMCSD’s Operating Rooms Get $27M Upgrade


    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Erwin Jacob Miciano | 200730-N-VI515-1005 SAN DIEGO (July 30, 2020) Capt. Bradford Smith, Naval Medical...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob L Greenberg 

    Naval Medical Center San Diego

    SAN DIEGO – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a $27 million upgrade project in Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Main Operating Room (MOR) complex July 30.
    NMCSD’s command triad, MOR leadership and Sailors and civilians assigned to the complex attended the event to commemorate the updated facility.
    “All 18 operating rooms were standardized with top-of-the-line, integrated technologies which allow for the equipment interfacing,” said Cmdr. Julie Conrardy, NMCSD’s Directorate for Surgical Services’ (DSS) senior nurse. “[The renovations consisted of] a complete overhaul of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical systems, which brought the MOR suite up to current regulations.”
    Initial planning for the MOR’s upgrades began in 2014 and were completed July 2020.
    We needed to upgrade our facility to meet community standards and regulations for HVAC and electrical systems and ultimately, patient care, said Conrardy.
    The MOR’s upgrades will benefit both the Sailors and staff that work there, as well as the patients that they treat.
    “Staff are being trained on the most up-to-date technology and instrumentations, and patients are safer because of it,” said Conrardy. “For example, our new camera systems allow for better visualization [during procedures]. All of the equipment in the operating rooms can be centrally located to decrease trip hazards and electrical overloads of circuits.”
    Patient safety is at the forefront of every provider’s mind at the hospital.
    “These upgrades will allow for us to provide the safety possible surgical experience with cutting-edge technology at our fingertips,” said Conrardy.
    Cmdr. Paulo Hernandez, a perioperative nurse assigned to NMCSD’s DSS MOR, said the changes will positively impact the quality and safety of patient care. He said the new endoscopic systems will allow for optimal visualization of surgical areas.
    “Now we have a state-of-the-art MOR to go with our state-of-the-art staff,” said Capt. Bradford Smith, NMCSD’s commanding officer. “We continue to deliver world-class patient care every day and keep our Sailors ready to deploy. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization.”
    NMCSD is dedicated to keeping its Sailors, staff and patients safe.
    NMCSD’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training, and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians, and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere.
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    Date Taken: 07.30.2020
    Date Posted: 08.04.2020 17:57
    Story ID: 374928
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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