St. Michael Medical Center
Located in Silverdale, we care for people in Kitsap, North Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties.
Community Resources Update
December 7, 2020
Advanced surgical technology
What you need to know
- The December 12 grand opening of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s $500 million, 500,000 square-foot expansion centralizes St. Michael’s nationally recognized surgical care in Silverdale.
- With nine new operating rooms, 144 new critical and acute care beds, and completely private patient rooms, the Silverdale expansion increases access to St. Michael Medical Center’s advanced surgical care, minimally invasive procedures, and robotic-assisted surgeries.
- The new hospital features a hybrid operating room/catheterization laboratory, expanded stroke and heart care, four heart-catheterization/electrophysiology suites, and new high-resolution imaging technology for safe, efficient surgical care in Silverdale.
St. Michael Medical Center’s acute care expansion offers the most advanced surgical technology in Silverdale
St. Michael Medical Center is known for complex procedures and skilled surgeons, including many using robotic-assisted surgical technology. The December 12 grand opening of the St. Michael Medical Center acute care expansion in Silverdale allows these innovative surgeons to care for patients in an ultramodern space designed to house advanced surgical technology, now and for years to come.
More than ever, surgeons must operate in multidisciplinary environments and collaborate with providers across medical specialties. Cramped, outdated surgical spaces slow this crucial collaboration, said St. Michael Medical Center general surgical specialist Rajeev Misra, DO. “Medicine, and surgery in particular, has become much more integrated across specialties. As a general surgeon, I might collaborate with a urologist for one procedure and then work with an interventional cardiologist for my next procedure.”
Assisted by advanced surgical robots, St. Michael surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures with a high-definition, 3D view of the surgical area. Robotic-assisted surgeries are associated with improved outcomes for patients including shorter hospital stays and a reduced rate of complications compared to traditional surgeries. "Surgical robotics enable surgeons to perform certain procedures with an extremely high degree of dexterity and precision. Many patients experience smaller incisions, minimal scarring, shorter hospital stays, and less pain and discomfort after surgery,” said Dr. Misra.
Besides the tools and technology, the new facility features an updated layout to improve efficiencies. For instance, in traditional surgical settings, wheeled carts with tools and supplies needed for different types of surgeries are moved in and out of operating rooms as needed. By contrast, St. Michael Medical Center’s new surgical suites feature integrated high-tech surgical booms for a safer, more streamlined space. These mobile organizational units centralize vital surgical equipment, including medical gases like nitrogen and oxygen, audio-visual and imaging technology, and power outlets and cords, freeing valuable floor space to reduce tripping hazards.
Another key feature of the St. Michael acute care expansion is a hybrid operating room and catherization laboratory, where diagnostic and treatment functions coexist in an expansive high-tech environment. “The new space gives surgeons large hybrid suites that allow us to work in a multidisciplinary setting,” Misra said. “It gives us a venue for those more complex operations and can accommodate surgeons working in different specialties.”
Centralizing St. Michael’s sophisticated surgical technology, including its state-of-the-art surgical robots, allows surgeons to deliver essential care without the delays of a hospital transfer, Misra noted. In Silverdale, thoughtfully designed spaces allow providers to use the latest technology to keep community members healthy and safe.
“The location and layout of the [Emergency Services] department in relation to the operating rooms was very well-designed,” said Misra. “It will help streamline the throughput of critically ill patients from our dedicated trauma rooms to the operating suites as efficiently and safely as possible.”