State-of-the Art Care Close to Home
This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Oxford Health & Life Magazine.
Recent upgrades are bringing more specialty health care to Oxford.
It’s stressful enough to need surgery or emergency medical care. Having to leave your community to receive those services only makes matters more challenging. That’s why McCullough- Hyde Memorial Hospital | TriHealth has worked hard to offer a wider range of clinically-advanced care close to home.
“We want to be able to provide additional specialty services and surgeries within our region,” says Brett Kirkpatrick, Executive Director at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. “It’s in the best interest of our patients and our community.” Kirkpatrick explains that there are two parts to achieving that goal: improvements to the hospital’s physical infrastructure and the expansion of available specialty physicians.
Latest Technology and More Space
Three new OR suites, just opened in May, have brought state-of-the-art surgical facilities to Oxford. “The new suites benefit not only the surgeons,” says Bryan McCullough, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon with TriHealth Orthopedic and Sports Institute, “but all health-care workers at the hospital and, most importantly, the patients and community.”
The new suites are about 40 percent larger. The additional space facilitates equipment setup during surgical procedures. “We can move equipment around more easily with less risk of contaminating the operating field,” says Dr. McCullough. “That will help us continue to improve our already excellent quality of care at McCullough-Hyde.”
The new surgical suites feature boom arms that house surgical instruments within easy reach, and top-of-the-line video equipment. Each suite has two video screens on moveable arms and a larger screen on the wall. “The surgeon can toggle back and forth,” explains Kirkpatrick. “This makes it easier, for example, to compare old and new MRI images while continuing to monitor patient vitals.”
Additional upgrades improve the patient experience. “No more glaring lights,” says Kirkpatrick. “Nurses can control the lighting via computer, and can also play music for patients. It creates a much more calming environment, both before and after surgery.”
Overall, the new surgical suites are a valuable community asset. “These arestate-of-the-art OR suites that compare to any you might find in an urban setting,” says Kirkpatrick.
McCullough-Hyde’s Emergency Department, an all-new space that opened in 2016, brought many improvements to what was already a nationally recognized ED. The new space is much larger, with a more open reception area and individual treatment rooms that are both bigger and more private. There are separate entrances for walk-in patients and emergency squads, and separate areas for patients exposed to hazards and infectious diseases. The new ED also offers two senior-focused rooms and one child-friendly room for pediatric patients.
“The Emergency Department has doubled in size, and new technology has been integrated at patient bedsides,” says Matthew Patel, M.D., a boardcertified emergency medicine physician with Talawanda Emergency Physicians. “These changes have improved overall workflow and enhanced patient experience. The expansion ensures greater access to care and essentially no wait times, which supports our collective goal of promoting wellness in the community.”
Dr. Patel reports that patients have reacted positively to the new space. “They appreciate the abundant natural light in the waiting area that carries into the actual department,” he says. “They also enjoy the added privacy of the new compartment-style rooms.”
A traveling kiosk makes bedside patient-registration possible. Having computer stations in all rooms enables physicians to complete most tasks right at the bedside, from reading patient histories and making new notes to reviewing test results, including X-rays and CAT scans, directly with patients. The new ED also features technology for telemedicine, enabling specialists in different locations to consult on patient care. “That’s a positive trend in healthcare delivery we can now take full advantage of,” says Dr. Patel.
Expanding Specialty Care
The second part of the hospital’s goal to provide a wider range of health-care services to the community is bringing in more specialists. “New collaborations with specialists through our TriHealth partners are helping us achieve that,” says Kirkpatrick.
The addition of a new shared specialty suite provides offices and exam rooms that can be used by specialists who come to Oxford from their tertiary hospital in Cincinnati. Specialists who now offer either new or expanded office hours in Oxford include cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENTs and gastroenterologists.
“Creating new leading-edge treatment facilities has made it possible for us to bring more specialty care to the community,” says Kirkpatrick. “Patients can be treated by specialized physicians in a state-of-the-art environment without having to travel to Cincinnati.”