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October 5th, 2009
CTMC unveils new "iSuites"

CTMC director of Surgery Services Madelyn Smith demonstrates features of the new, high-tech suite to Dr. James Baker, orthopedic surgeon.


Looking at Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) expanded new $7 million operating rooms, it’s hard to believe that the center started out as the Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital.

The old hospital was built in 1932 and restructured in 1960. In 1983, the current facility was opened at its Wonder World Drive location.

The new operating rooms complete yet another improvement in the center’s ongoing efforts to stay ahead of the curve.

“I have worked with several other hospitals and CTMC’s new operating suite is the best I’ve seen,” said Dr. Patrick Williams, Urology, and past chairman of CTMC surgery department.

Last week, approximately 100 community leaders, physicians and VIP guests attended the unveiling of the six-room renovated suite.

Each of the new integrated rooms is larger than 500 square feet and features overhead Stryker Equipment Booms for lighting, high-definition monitors and anesthesia, providing surgeons with a more efficient and accommodating work area.

The “iSuite” is designed to maximize a surgeon’s control of the operating room. The SwitchPoint Infinity system integrates the HD camera, PACS, SIDNE, Image Guided Surgery, and other systems together. The technology is all managed through a simple interface. The entire room set-up can be saved for later recall using Room Presets to maximize efficiency.

The iSuite can be reconfigured from doing a shoulder or knee arthroscopy case to a gastric bypass case rapidly. Global video conferencing during cases is now a reality. An on-site project manager customizes each iSuite to the needs of the hospital, creating an advanced operating room with increased capabilities for patient care.

“Our new ORs and technology enhancements have provided us with the opportunity to accommodate more surgeries and provide our surgeons with the kind of technology many of today’s more complicated procedures require,” said Madelyn Smith, CTMC’s director of surgical services. “The result is that more patients can stay home in San Marcos rather than traveling out of town to have more complex procedures performed.”

CTMC’s surgical staff has already performed more than 2,700 surgeries this year. The most common surgeries are general, OB/GYN, Orthopedics and Endoscopy procedures.

The operating suite expansion is one part of CTNC’s $35 million expansion project, the rest of which is slated to open in late November. The 64,000-square-foot addition includes the Women’s Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new cardiac telemetry inpatient nursing unit.

“The opening of our operating suite is an exciting step towards the overall completion of our expansion project,” said Gary Jepson, CTMC President and CEO. “We look forward to providing the community with several new services as we continue to find new ways to extend the healing ministry of Christ.”

To learn more about CTMC’s expansion, surgical services or to find a surgeon, go to and click “Care and Services” or “Find a Doctor.”

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